The Reference Letters or Recommendation Letters for EB1 or NIW Applications
As a researcher in a pharmaceutical company with a PhD degree in Biology and in H-1B status for 2 years, I want to apply for U.S. Green Card in EB1 (EB1 Extraordinary Ability, EB1 Outstanding Researcher) or EB2 National Interest Waiver (EB2 NIW) immigration categories, or apply for 2 categories at the same time.
It is very difficult for me to get reference letters form U.S. government agencies or some professional societies. Do I have to get reference letters for those applications? and are there any thing more I should know about the reference letters?Answer:
There are many issues
to be addressed about reference
letters or recommendation letters. First, the reference letters are not
required by USCIS.
But they can be very useful, and most USCIS examiners for EB1
Ability, EB1 Outstanding Researcher or Professor, or EB2 National
Waiver application expect them.
If it is difficult for an applicant to get reference letters or recommendation letters, a more thorough compilation of background materials can offset an absence of reference letters. These materials may include statistics about the area of research, information about professional organizations, awards, journals, etc.
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