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Posted by stevo (6) 13 hours 18 minutes ago#4076
to rest:

I am curious.. Does data support that PhDs with active job in industry had similar success in NIW
compared to
Postdoc/job in academia?
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Posted by rest (6) 12 hours 33 minutes ago#4077
to IRniw17:

I have not reason for making up facts. Am I getting paid?
My point is if you are a student, it would be tough to get approved based on data. Ask your lawyer to share the rate of successes among students with you. I'm not trying to discourage you or anything. My perspective is to make students be aware of this trend so that they can plan accordingly.

A lot of people don't like to write on forum. Let me give you another example. I filed with another fellow student around the same time, he and I have the same educational credentials and same field. He has 18 publications and 571 citations. He is still a PhD student. Can you believe he got a RFE? He responded and they sent him another RFE. He is rushing to defend now. I still believe that his outcome is due to the fact that he is still a student.
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Posted by rest (6) 12 hours 20 minutes ago#4078
to tekoshar:

USCIS officers know that international students pay far more than US citizens and residents. If a student has a graduate research/teaching assistantship, then some of the tuition is covered. We also pay a lot of taxes compared to citizens and residents. They know those things.
I personally believe that issues they raised about your application are not realistic. I believe the underlying issue is the fact that you have not defended yet. They would have found a reason to deny my application or send another RFE if I did not defend. There are behind the scene factors that they don't tell
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Posted by Ghorab (21) 12 hours 9 minutes ago#4079
to rest:

I do not agree with you. It has nothing to do with tuition! I know at least 10 people that got their GC when they where students!
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Posted by mohammadsp (5) 11 hours 50 minutes ago#4080
to rest:

You are really speculating just based on a number of cases you have followed online and your friend's experience and then generalizing the idea to the whole population.

It is not a linear problem to relate one factor with the outcome. We can easily find the same number (or more) of people that were students and got approved without any problems. I was a student when filed my I140 in Feb and got approved without RFE on Dec (I am still a student and and I don't have 500+ citations). My friend also was a student when filed and got approved after his PhD. My lawyer's last customer was also a student and got approved in 6 months.

It is not only about degree. Of course, if you wait and file after your PhD you will have a higher chance not only because now you have a higher degree but also because you get more citations meanwhile and probably do other stuff that you could include in your application. But that doesn't mean that simply being student is the main reason for them to reject you. The person I was working with for my application used to be a USCIS officer and she explicitly said every single officer makes his/her own decisions and you cannot guarantee anything about the outcome.
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Posted by IRniw17 (287) 11 hours 4 minutes ago#4081
to mohammadsp:

Exactly! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
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Posted by eb39248 (6) 10 hours 47 minutes ago#4082
to rest:

Pay far more? What the heck are you talking about? The vast majority of PhD programs in STEM fields waive tuition and provide a stipend to all students, international or not.

I do share the opinion that applying after obtaining your PhD is generally advisable, but the tuition thing is nonsense.
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Posted by Dcowboy (7) 10 hours 1 minute ago#4083
to rest:

I am glad that you made it on your own and understand your excitement about this accomplishment.
However, I'm surprised how you missed the obvious fact in the analysis on AAO decisions that the master's degree is considered an advanced degree. Period! Show me a single case that is denied stating that the reason for denial is petitioner being a student or having the masters degree. I've seen cases working in the industry with Ph.D. that are denied based on "national importance," but it is not simply true to claim generalization of those cases. Every single case has a unique story.

Everything is clearly stated in the AAO decisions and I do not see any reason to overread the psychology of decisions as you suggested.
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Posted by NIW17 (10) 9 hours 55 minutes ago#4084
I filed on Feb. 22 and still haven't heard anything! Is there anyone else filing in Feb. and still waiting?
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Posted by sazamizi (19) 9 hours 9 minutes ago#4085
to NIW17:

Have you filed concurrently for both 140 and 485 ?
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Posted by NIW17 (10) 8 hours 32 minutes ago#4086
to sazamizi:

No. I am waiting to get approval first
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Posted by Therman (3) 8 hours 21 minutes ago#4087
to NIW17:

Hi NIW17,
Same here, I filed on the 21st., concurrently. I'm feeling miserable, indeed. I'd invite you to a stout if that would help!
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Posted by sazamizi (19) 8 hours 16 minutes ago#4088
to NIW17:

I think there are some officers who are slower than others. You should be fine !
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Posted by BimiriNIW (13) 6 hours 43 minutes ago#4089
to NIW17:

Hi there. I am like you. My PD is Feb. 22 and no news about my case yet. I can imagine what you are going through and it may freak us out as we have seen some April cases approved. I guess we can do nothing but to wait and pray. :)
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Posted by BimiriNIW (13) 6 hours 40 minutes ago#4090
to Therman:

Hallo Therman. We are on the same boat. I was actually thinking about you since you didn’t log in here for quite a while. I hope we hear something soon.
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Posted by IRniw17 (287) 6 hours 15 minutes ago#4091
V. Chen has not posted any approvals since Jan 18. I hope they do so tonight.
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