Have I140 approved from previous company in EB2 category. Current company wants to file in EB1A category. Any downsides to this ? I don’t have PhD. But have patents , 10 years experience.
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- I don’t think patents alone helps in all. You have to meet at least 3/11 requirements on this list. https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-first-preference-eb-1
- I got EB1A with 0 publications, so the short answer is you don’t need that but it depends what else you can bring to the table.
Be prepared to spend a lot of evenings gathering evidence and drafting letters, 100s of pages.
Personally I recommend EB2 if not from a backlogged country, much much less work and no stress and takes about as long without PP. But no downside with EB1, except for the work and 9-12 months waiting in uncertainty until you get to know whether you are good enough (quite subjective).
- For EB1B (company sponsored), typically they look for original contributions to the field. Citations for your publications is the number one metric used. Typically 100+ citations is considered average. If u ha e publications then create a google scholar or researchgate profile and see how many u have. Patents typically dont have as much weightage as citations since patents typically only benefit the company you are working for, whereas publications and original contributions help the research community and benefits the public as a whole.