L1A via EB1 to Greencard. How long?

Microsoft youknowme!
Sep 9 25 Comments

Hi,

Does anyone know how long it takes these days from L1A to Greencard in EB1 category? Have no bachelor, don‘t know what category it is. i‘m Euopean. Did it someone recently?

Thanks

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  • New dwFR56
    OP, check out visa bulletin https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-for-august-2019.html (you want "FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES" table) to get an idea of wait times.

    EB1C process took ~15 months in my case including fighting one RFE.
    Sep 9 2
    • Microsoft youknowme!
      OP
      Thank you! Very interesting. Have you applied as a functional manager or as someone with direct reports? PM me if you don‘t want to expose. Thanks
      Sep 9
    • New dwFR56
      Both, head of analytics / data team manager with direct reports at my company. In my case I've provided extensive proof of being manager at L1A stage (because they requested more details via RFE), so it wasn't a problem at EB1C stage.

      If I were you, I would consult with 3rd party immigration lawyer to get a second opinion on EB1 vs EB2. Because on the one hand (1) they approved your L1A visa so it seems that they agree that your position is managerial and (2) you are with Microsoft which should make USCIS less suspicious, on the other hand not having direct reports can make them wonder.
      Sep 11
  • Oracle daas-9
    Why do you want to try EB1, you can get GC in EB2 around the same time. It’s not worth it if you are not born in India or China
    Sep 9 12
    • Oracle daas-9
      It means you cannot file I-485 concurrently and you have to wait till your PD to file I-485
      Sep 14
    • Microsoft whT?
      And after filing I 485, how long does the next step take?
      Sep 21
    • Microsoft kebabs
      About 9 months after filing AOS to get GC. You'll probably get the EAD card after 5 months
      Sep 22
    • Microsoft whT?
      Can I change jobs / employers at any stage, before having the GC?
      Sep 22
    • Microsoft kebabs
      180 days after the I-485 AOS application, you can use AC21 to get job portability to change to a similar job with different employer. This is form I-485 Supplement J :)
      Sep 22
  • If no bachelor, no eb1. Get in line
    Sep 9 1
    • Microsoft youknowme!
      OP
      I have a bachelor equivalent degree! This has been agreed when my L1A got approved
      Sep 9
  • Microsoft kebabs
    3 maybe 4 years to get GC
    Sep 13 6
    • Microsoft kebabs
      Experience
      Sep 13
    • Microsoft youknowme!
      OP
      Why that long? What happened
      Sep 14
    • Oracle daas-9
      Around same time for EB2 as well for ROW
      Sep 14
    • Microsoft kebabs
      Why? what happened. If 3 years is a big surprise in length to you, who told you it was quicker? A shit tonne of paperwork happened. Requests for more evidence for people/functional manager. PERM Labor cert, then I-140, then EAD with AP, then I-485 AOS. Enjoy the inner workings of USCIS and be glad we have it so easy.
      Sep 14
    • Microsoft whT?
      I don’t need perm
      Sep 21