11.4 C
London
Thursday, September 29, 2022

Does a doctor get a green card faster than an engineer? – londonbusinessblog.com

Must read

Ian is expected to make landfall again as a hurricane, this time in South Carolina.

North Carolina and South Carolina were on alert Thursday as Ian headed for them after cutting a path of destruction through Florida and regaining...

Binance Founder Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao Shares His Vision of Web3 Capabilities at TC Sessions: Crypto • londonbusinessblog.com

When it comes to the decentralized world of crypto, there are few single entities that are bigger or hold more weight in the industry...

Limit reached – Join the EU Startups CLUB

€147/quarter This option is ideal for companies and investors who want to keep up to date with Europe's most promising startups, have full access...

Autodesk and Epic Games Bring Architecture Tools Immersion

While Autodesk architecture software like Revit is capable of creating 3D design plans, the collaboration introduces easy-to-use tools for designers, with features typically more...
Shreya Christinahttps://londonbusinessblog.com
Shreya has been with londonbusinessblog.com for 3 years, writing copy for client websites, blog posts, EDMs and other mediums to engage readers and encourage action. By collaborating with clients, our SEO manager and the wider londonbusinessblog.com team, Shreya seeks to understand an audience before creating memorable, persuasive copy.

Here’s another edition from “Dear Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at tech companies.

“Your questions are vital to the dissemination of knowledge that will empower people around the world to rise above limits and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration attorney. “Whether you’re in the People-Ops, a founder, or looking for a job in Silicon Valley, I’d love to answer your questions in my next column.”

londonbusinessblog.com+ members get access to weekly “Dear Sophie” columns; Use promo code ALCORN to buy a one or two year subscription with 50% off.


Dear Sophie,

My wife and I are from India. I am a software engineer and have an H-1B visa. My wife has a dependent H-4 visa. The company that sponsored me for the H-1B also sponsored me for an EB-3 green card, which was approved about three years ago, but I’m still waiting for a green card number. My wife got her work permit and has been working as a doctor ever since.

Can she apply for a green card? Is she more likely to get a green card because of her profession? What happens to my green card if she applies for a green card?

— Humble Hubby

Dear humble,

My deepest thanks to your wife for providing health services during the pandemic. I appreciate you, your wife, and all those who have the courage and determination to start a new life in the United States, making our country strong and vibrant in the process.

Now let’s get to your questions.

Can my wife apply for a green card?

Yes absolutely! Your wife can apply for a green card in parallel with your green card efforts. We have many married clients using this strategy to increase their chances and potentially get a green card faster. We also have several individual customers applying for two different green cards in parallel.

Usually they apply for an EB-1A Green Card for extraordinary ability and an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver). The EB-1A has a high qualifying bar, but the shortest waiting time among the employment-based green cards. The EB-2 NIW is easier to qualify than the EB-1A, but usually has a longer waiting time.

In your wife’s case, the key is to find out which green card she would be a good candidate for and whether the processing and waiting time would be shorter than the remaining waiting time for your green card number. An immigration attorney can help determine the best way forward for you and your wife based on your circumstances and her qualifications.

A composite image of immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn in front of a background with a TechCrunch logo.

Image Credits: Joanna Buniak / Sophie Alcorn (Opens in a new window)

Given the importance of healthcare in the United States, your wife may be a strong candidate for the EB-2 NAV. This is one of two green cards that doesn’t require an employer sponsor, meaning your wife can file herself if her employer doesn’t want it.

This green card is for individuals whose expertise and work are considered important to the US. PERMANENT method. The PERM process is required for the standard EB-2 for candidates with a advanced degree or exceptional powerand the green card your company sponsored you for, the EB-3for skilled workers and professionals.

PERM, which stands for Program Electronic Review Management, is the system used to apply for labor certification from the United States Department of Labor. Employment certification is intended to ensure that no U.S. workers are qualified and available to accept jobs offered to green card candidates, and that hiring the green card candidates will not have an adverse effect on wages and working conditions of American workers.

Will my wife get a green card sooner?

Even with a three-year head start on your EB-3, the answer to that question is most likely yes. As you know, the waiting time for an EB-3 green card is particularly long for individuals born in India because of the annual and country limits on green cards. This is why I’ve long advocated abolishing country-by-country limits on green cards, and was thrilled when President Biden listed this as one of his legislative priorities.


More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest article

Ian is expected to make landfall again as a hurricane, this time in South Carolina.

North Carolina and South Carolina were on alert Thursday as Ian headed for them after cutting a path of destruction through Florida and regaining...

Binance Founder Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao Shares His Vision of Web3 Capabilities at TC Sessions: Crypto • londonbusinessblog.com

When it comes to the decentralized world of crypto, there are few single entities that are bigger or hold more weight in the industry...

Limit reached – Join the EU Startups CLUB

€147/quarter This option is ideal for companies and investors who want to keep up to date with Europe's most promising startups, have full access...

Autodesk and Epic Games Bring Architecture Tools Immersion

While Autodesk architecture software like Revit is capable of creating 3D design plans, the collaboration introduces easy-to-use tools for designers, with features typically more...

What Bruce Lee can teach us about the benefits of conflict

Opinions expressed by londonbusinessblog.com contributors are their own. Can business leaders argue that employees are their greatest asset without providing ongoing forums for open exchange...