EB-1 Green Card SQL Server Architect
EB1 Green Card Success: For IT Professionals: When I first encountered Saurabh he struck us an exceptional professional specializing in the SQL Server Database Architecture IT space. Like so many professionals working in this field they are often the unsung heroes of business development and security; every company needs their expertise but in most cases no one in the consumer world even know they exist.
Getting an EB1 green card is to be able to demonstrate that professionals like Saurabh do exist and they work are the very top level of Big Data and without their skills many companies simply could not exist.
Again, many IT professionals I work with are not used being in the lime light so one of the first things we have to do is to work with them to develop a public profile. Developing a public profile often requires getting published in the media that specializes in your field of expertise. Most top professionals have a view on their industry and many trade magazines what to hear and share those views with its readers. Saurabh took our advice and begun getting out of his comfort zone and began reaching out to various magazines and was surprised to find how open they were to publishing his ideas. Getting this public profile was critical to winning his EB1 case. Let us know how we can help you secure your EB1 green card, get in touch today and we’ll get you there in no time.
Question and Answer Interview
1. Tell me about where you are from and a little bit about your career and what you do
I’m originally from India. I have a Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, and started my career as a software developer, worked in India for a few years, and then moved to the US on an H1B visa. In the US, I worked in the financial sector for very reputed, global investment management firms. My core expertise has been with databases, and as my expertise grew, I was able to get myself into some very challenging projects, which eventually contributed greatly to these organizations and also got talked about in the media.
2. Have you ever lived in the US before?If so, under what circumstances? If not, what aroused your interest in a move to the US?
As I said, I started my career as a software developer, and moved to the US on an H1B visa.
3. How did you decide to pursue an EB1?
My green card process was already underway and my employer had already filed my petition under the EB2 category. However, the EB2 India category had a lot of backlog and it would have been a while before I got my green card. During this time, I came across Chris Ingram’s website, which talked about the EB1 green card process. While going through it, I realized that I already satisfied two of the conditions for EB1, and I also had one published article. That is when I had a consultation with Chris, which made me realize that I could qualify for the EB1 category.
4. What was your experience with the EB1 petition process, did you ever consider giving up, what was your motivation to keep pressing on?
The EB1 petition process went on a little longer than I anticipated. The only condition I was not satisfying comfortably was the published articles.
However, Chris explained that I needed to have my articles published in reputed magazines in my field. I had two options – either I (A) write very basic articles talking about general stuff in my field, or, (B) do original research and write articles about stuff that cannot be found anywhere else. I chose the second option, and did a lot of research on database internals to formulate my articles. The fact that I did not take the easy road made the process a lot more demanding, especially because I had to do my research in parallel with my regular job, which also was equally demanding.
There were times when I grew very frustrated and wanted to give up, but my wife (who is also a software engineer) encouraged me to keep going. Eventually after more than an year’s worth of effort, I had a few really solid articles published in leading magazines in my field. When I look back, I think I did the right thing by writing originally researched, in-depth articles rather than simple ones.
5. What kind of relationship did/do you have Attorney Chris M. Ingram and his team?
I had a good relationship with Chris and his team. One of the very good things that moved the process along was that I was in regular conversation with Lindsey, and in the last few months before filing my application, we had weekly calls to discuss progress. It was a long process and there were times when Chris and his team were busy with other cases (obviously), but once I provided them all the required evidence they moved very quickly to get the case ready and file.
6. What were you doing when you found out you were approved? What was your immediate reaction? How did you celebrate?
I was finishing dinner, and me and my wife were talking about all the things that could go wrong with our case, how it was going to be tough because I did not have a PhD etc. Suddenly the phone rang, and when I told her it was from Chris’ office, she sank into the chair, bracing for bad news. But, it was Lindsey, and when she said that our petition was approved, we both screamed and hugged. Our kids (one is 4, another 11 months) were scared because we were both screaming and laughing. Eventually we went on a long drive and are planning to celebrate with an awesome vacation.
7. What have you enjoyed most about moving to the US?
We love the lifestyle here in the US. On the professional front, both me and my wife are computer engineers, and the career opportunities here are unparalleled.
8. What do you miss the most about the India?
It’s hard to quantify one particular thing. India has it’s own culture, way of life etc., similar to the US. Most of both our relatives are in India, and we certainly miss them a lot here.
9. What advice would you give to any immigrant considering an EB1 or who is already in the process?
The most important thing that any EB1 applicant needs to do is understand how USCIS adjudicates EB1 applications. This precious knowledge can be found by going through the material on Chris’ website, and by talking to him or his team. One of the key facts that I realized was that the EB1 process is very different from any of the other visa processes in the US.
Here, you have to recognize the outstanding things that you have done and highlight them to Chris – for example, there is no way that the legal team would know that you were the co-author on an important paper. It is up to the applicant to bring up his/her successes, so that Chris can then formulate an EB1 argument around them.
So my advice is that understand how the process works, and then figure out how to highlight your life achievements in a way that satisfies the EB1 criteria. Also, I never thought that I had any chance of qualifying for EB1 before I came across Chris’ website. So don’t underestimate yourself, rather think objectively if you can satisfy the required criteria.
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