Working in the US


Ramos da Silva

The infinite road to Green card!

I would like to tell my journey to get the green card, so I can help as many people as possible, not just to understand the whole process but also to keep their minds sane during the long wait. When I first started, I had no idea how the whole process works. So, first you need to figure out which green card category you will apply. Focusing on people with PhD, you can do EB-1 or EB-2. People from India and China usually apply for EB-1A, because the line for EB-2 usually take more than 5 years for the second part. So, basically it will be EB-1A or EB2-NIW if you don’t have an employer as a sponsor. EB-1A is the extraordinary ability, and nowadays the analysis is based mostly on the citations of the papers and revision of papers. You will have to argue your importance in your area, so citation and paper revisions are the proof of your influence.


Ramos da Silva

When is the right time to get the waiver for the 212e rule (Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement)

I have decided to write about this, because when I needed my waiver, I had some problems that other people didn’t, and most of the people even didn’t know about them. Most of the people with a J1 Visa will get the 212e rule in their DS2019 and/or Visa stamp. It is based on the skills/area/field you are in, and the necessity that your home country has for those. You can always check the list of skill on the US Department of State website. There are three categories that will make you get a “X” in your DS2019: government funding, area/skills in need at the home country, and if you will receive a MD degree in the US.

Shu Chin

J1 visa and home residency requirement

Does the word “home residency requirement” cause an unsettling tingle down your spine, and cause you to utter a muffled curse each time you hear it? Does it put an annoying stumbling block on your future plans and career development within the U.S.?


Are you only worth your last drawn salary?

What is talent? How do you judge it? Shouldn’t qualification, experience, useful contribution in the past etc. be the yardstick to measure potential in an individual? There is something called as an ‘inherent’ potential which might not come across directly in the CVs, but to a trained talent hunter, it becomes pretty apparent. Though if it doesn’t show in the CV, then surely during the interview! 

Isaiah Hankel


5 Reasons PhDs Are Valued More Than Other Job Candidates

The idea that getting a PhD is going to hurt your chances of getting a non-academic job is a misconception. In fact, most PhDs go on to get non-academic jobs and most get paid more than non-PhDs in the same position.


The National Interest Waiver: A whole new ballgame?

On December 28th, 2016 the Administrative Appeals Office issued a decision in Matter of DHANASAR that has changed the landscape for National Interest Waiver cases.  This is of major importance as the National Interest Waiver is one of only two self-sponsored applications and many postdocs, scientists, researchers, and others use this application to obtain Permanent residence in the US.  In order to explain how this decision has changed the landscape, it is first important to understand what the previous standard was.


US Diversity Visa Lottery – An Easy Green Card, But One That Requires Careful Reading and a Bit of Luck

Even foreign nationals with hard science or advanced degrees can vouch that obtaining a US nonimmigrant working visa and legal permanent residence, also known as the green card, is getting harder and harder. Most foreign nationals who wish to live and work in the US must have either an employer who will petition them, or a close relative who is already a US citizen or legal permanent resident.


The Skills Great Leaders use to Successfully Navigate Change

Leaders are constantly navigating decisions and actions that are critical to the well-being of a project, situation, and/or organization. The importance of these decisions and actions becomes even greater when significant change is occurring, or must occur. In addition, the way in which leaders navigate change can mean the difference between success and failure. Ultimately, leaders must be very vigilant and deliberate in successfully navigating change, and in maintaining the morale of his/her followers.


Who is 'Kazarian' and what does he have to do with my EB1?

This article assumes that you have read my prior blog entries, and know the basic EB1 Green Card requirements and terms.On August 18, 2010, the USCIS issued a Policy Memo that permits the application of a very stringent standard to EB1 cases (EB1A Extraordinary Alien and EB1B Outstanding Researcher cases). The Memo was issued in response to the case Kazarian vs. USCIS of the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that has now become infamous. 


Ramos da Silva

The challenge of leaving everything behind, and getting a job in another country.

The decision to go to another country to work in science is based on funding, the job and all the future opportunities that will be open if everything goes well. But the hardest part is that, most of the time, you have to leave everything behind, including family and friends. So, today I would like to discuss this empty feeling that sometimes we try to fill by working more. This is dedicated to those who decided to go to another country by themselves, as it’s both a great and lonely journey.