Callie’s Immigration Story

While I may not be a lawyer or have any official training in immigration law, I have navigated various aspects of the US Visa and work permit system for foreign researchers.

I first came to the States using a J-1 Visa to work as a visiting scholar as an undergraduate researcher. A couple of years later, I returned on an F-1 Visa as a graduate student.

With my Ph.D. in hand, I then began work with using an EAD in conjunction with the OPT program. I then switched to an H-1B Visa when I was hired as a postdoctoral fellow at a university. I’m still employed with that visa now.

Currently, my I-140 NIW application is pending. I also concurrently applied for my I-485, I-785, and I-131.

In this section, I will share what I’ve learned along the way. Hopefully, it will be helpful to some of you.

All the best to each of you as we brace this immigration journey together!

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