EB1 Green Card Success – Michael IT Consultant
One of the most common issues I have to deal with when working EB1 green card cases is the sheer humility of many of my clients. Always self-effacing and not one to really brag about their accomplishments.
As I discuss the careers of my clients it’s as if when they hear the “wow’s” and the “OMG’s” in my voice as they share their stories only then does it begin to dawn on them that yes they have achieved quite a lot. Slowly I then have to walk through the EB1 green card checklist to show them how many of the categories they could in fact satisfy and how we can secure a green card for them.
Whilst modesty is a virtue to be admired, please when it comes to considering an EB1 green card application, lay that modesty aside just long enough for me to tell you that you qualify for an EB1.
Below is Michael’s story, a Kiwi about to embark on their American Dream.
Tell me about where you are from and a little bit about your career and what you do
I was born In New Zealand, although have lived in Australia for many years and more recently in Hong Kong. I am a Senior IT consultant advising organizations about the appropriate strategy in the use of technology to match their business requirements. Creation and execution of programs of works to deliver the outcomes they require.
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?
I have visited the US 8-9 times over the last 7 years. More so in the last year or two. A good friend of mine moved to the US proving to be a catalyst for this process and my decision to take action for a move. I had always considered and intended to live and work in the US at some point in my life even since a young adult. The USA has always been a place of intrigue and mystery for me, so much beauty from a natural perspective, and large cities often quite culturally diverse to others.
How did you decide to pursue an EB1?
After consultation with Chris and the team that an EB1 would be the best option for me. I hadn’t even heard of this before engaging with the team. The EB1 proved to be an excellent avenue to match with my professional work achievements and deliver the outcome of a green card.
What was your experience with the EB1 petition process? Did you ever consider giving up? What was your motivation to keep pressing on?
The process is complex, time consuming and requires careful navigation to meet all requirements. I have invested many days and weeks of my life to gather all the required information. I never considered giving up, but it was frustrating at times given the duration that it takes to work through all the steps. I was very determined to live in the US, so I think this helped me keep motivated.
What kind of relationship did/do you have Chris (and his team)?
I enjoyed a very professional but relaxed relationship. I found Chris and the team, very approachable, knowledgeable and keen to work with me to deliver the outcome. They were happy to have face to face meetings as needed, fitting in with my schedule when I was in the country. I was not in the US for the bulk of the time the process was underway so we navigated time zones and such challenges with being remote quite successfully.
What were you doing when you found out you were approved? What was your immediate reaction? How did you celebrate?
I think I was polishing the floorboard at my parent’s house at the time it was a Monday morning in New Zealand. As you can imagine I was over the moon after 8 months or hard work and investment into the process, it had finally come through! I went out to lunch with my dad to celebrate and also had a bigger family function later in the week.
What are you looking forward to most about moving to the US?
Being able to work and live permanently in the US. It has been a dream for so long, now I can realize it! I am looking forward to hang-out with all my friends and enjoy what the wonderful country has to offer!
What will you miss the most about your home country?
I haven’t lived in New Zealand for 15 years, I have lived in Australia and Hong Kong during this time. I have found there is always something I miss about every I have lived when I move to a new country. For New Zealand some of the natural beauty and wonder that this country has. My family still live there so I will be back to visit them often and can still enjoy the country as a tourist for now.
What advice would you give to any immigrant considering an EB1 or who is already in the process?
The use of an immigration lawyer for the EB1 is worth its weight in gold. Having Chris and the team navigate me through the process was critical. I would not have been able to achieve this on my own. If you are in the process don’t give up where ever you are at and if you haven’t used professional services as yet or aren’t getting the results you need then contact Chris and the team.
Now Its Your Turn
If you can satisfy any three of the categories below you could be on your way to qualifying for your EB1 Green Card opportunity.
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