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Navigating the “Green Card” process for any would-be permanent resident of the United States can be a daunting task. First and foremost, let’s start from what it means to be a Green Card holder and then provide you with helpful resources to answer basic questions about how to apply.

A Green Card holder (permanent resident) is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) grants a person a permanent resident card, commonly called a “Green Card.”

The steps to take to apply for a Green Card (permanent resident) vary by category and depend on whether you live here in the U.S. or abroad – these categories include whether you are applying through family, through your job or employment, or based on other circumstances (refugee or asylum, or other). A very helpful resource to understand which category may apply to you can be found at: This helpful resource explains the basics of applying and provides additional guidance.

Once you’ve reviewed this information, send us a note so we can help you navigate the entire process successfully.



“Alien of Extraordinary Ability” usually requires more publications, citations, and manuscript reviews than other application types.

Does NOT require employer sponsorship; premium processing available.


“Outstanding Researcher” requires fewer publications and citations; manuscript reviews are not required (but may help).

Requires employer sponsorship; premium processing available.


“National Interest Waiver” requires fewer publications and citations; manuscript reviews are not required (but may help).

Does NOT require employer sponsorship. Premium processing NOT available.

*For applicants from China and India, the waiting time prior to the application can count towards receiving a Green Card.



We provide a free evaluation and analysis for your petition. Please send your CV, resume, and background information (degree, school, current position, publication number and journals, citation numbers) to, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

We also provide sample case summaries and an application flowchart for your reference to help familiarize you with the entire process.


We will send you a copy of the agreement for your review. After receiving the signed agreement, we will also sign and save, and then send you a link to your personalized Dropbox folder to get started. Please see sample documents and instructions in the folder.

For payment, please mail a check payable to New Weiming Law Group to:

New Weiming Law Group
7925 Jones Branch Drive
Suite 5150
McLean, VA 22102

You can also use online banking payment provided by your bank by adding New Weiming Law Group as a payee (the bank will mail the check), or make a deposit at any Bank of America branch.


We use Dropbox to enable all of our clients and New Weiming to share and view documents throughout the application process more efficiently. Once you are a registered client with New Weiming, we will create a Dropbox folder and send you a link to start. You can save all supporting materials to the folder and we will save the Recommendation Letters, Index of Exhibits, and the Petition Letter for your review. Visit our Questions & Answers page for a list of frequently asked questions and detailed instructions.



  • Prepare the Index of Exhibits, the Petition Letter, and Recommendation Letter drafts
  • Research/prepare/save journal rankings/impact factors information
  • Research/prepare/save citation records
  • Keep you posted in writing about the progress of Exhibit materials
  • Help check, sort, label, and print the Exhibit documents
  • Print all (or most of) application documents and assemble/inspect them professionally
  • rovide information and help with I-485 preparation

New Weiming provides all of the above in a single package. We pride ourselves in preparing the most clear and comprehensive package of information for applicants applying for EB-1, NIW, O-1, and Green Card status. We successfully assist hundreds of researchers each year to change their immigration status, and we can help you too.

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