Self-Sponsored Green Card

There are a couple of distinctive categories for self-sponsored green cards, where a foreign individual does not require an employer or family member’s sponsorship – these are for victims of criminal activities and for those demonstrating extraordinary abilities. Regardless of their current residence, whether inside or outside the United States, foreign nationals may self-petition under either category.

National Interest Waiver

At The Ahluwalia Firm, our expertise in immigration and nationality law shines through our specialized services, including the National Interest Waiver (NIW) for those aiming to contribute significantly to the United States. Situated in the heart of Silicon Valley with a presence in Pleasanton, our seasoned immigration lawyers in San Jose offer unparalleled guidance to clients worldwide, navigating the intricacies of NIW applications with precision and personalized care. We understand the pivotal role NIW plays in the immigration landscape, enabling individuals of exceptional ability to bypass traditional requirements in favor of a pathway that recognizes their potential to impact U.S. interests positively. Leveraging our comprehensive understanding of immigration processes, The Ahluwalia Firm is dedicated to crafting tailored legal solutions that align with your unique circumstances and aspirations, ensuring your journey toward contributing to the U.S. is as smooth and successful as possible.

For detailed information, you are encouraged to visit the National Interest Waiver (NIW) page here.

Self-Petition for Victims of Crime / VAWA-Based Green Card

Individuals who have suffered from abuse related to domestic or intimate partner violence, sexual assault, or stalking might be eligible to self-petition for a Lawful Permanent Resident card under the provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This act empowers the spouses and children of U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) who have experienced abuse to apply for a green card independently of their abuser. It’s important to note that VAWA’s protections are available to all victims, regardless of gender. You may be eligible to self-petition under VAWA if:

  • You have been abused by a spouse who is a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
  • You are the spouse of a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident and your child has been abused by your spouse.
  • You have been abused by a parent who is a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
  • You have been abused by your U.S. Citizen adult child (It should be noted that the parent of a Lawful Permanent Resident cannot self-petition under this category).

For detailed information, you are encouraged to visit the VAWA Based Green Card page here.

EB1-A Alien of Extraordinary Ability

To secure Lawful Permanent Residency under the banner of extraordinary ability, an individual must qualify as either possessing extraordinary ability in their professional field or as an outstanding professor or researcher.

The EB1-A classification is designated for foreign nationals demonstrating exceptional talent in the realms of science, art, education, business, or athletics. Applicants are required to furnish substantive proof that they fulfill the category’s legal criteria and must convincingly demonstrate that their intent is to pursue their profession within the United States. For comprehensive details, please proceed to the EB1-A Alien of Extraordinary Ability page by clicking here.

EB1-B Outstanding Professors or Researchers

The EB1-B visa category is available to foreign nationals who have gained international recognition for being outstanding in a particular academic area. To be eligible for this category as an Outstanding Researcher or Professor, the applicant must satisfy three fundamental criteria:

  1. Achieve international acknowledgment for being exceptional in a specific academic discipline.
  2. Have a minimum of three years of experience in teaching or conducting substantial research.
  3. Offer proof of an impending position within the United States that is either on a tenure track or a similar research post.

For additional details, please visit the EB1-B Outstanding Professor or Researchers page by clicking here or by navigating to the designated webpage directly.

At The Ahluwalia Firm, Our Emphasis is on

  • Providing zealous representation before the USCIS
  • Providing careful review of your personal circumstances
  • Providing careful coordination of all correspondence with government agencies
  • Ensuring a service-delivery model that meets and exceeds your satisfaction

For additional information about our ability to prepare, and file all the necessary documents required to obtain self-sponsored green card, contact us for reliable advice.


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