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Form I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (EB-2 NIW)

Introduction to Form I-140 and EB-2 NIW Category

Overview of Form I-140

The Form I-140 is an immigrant petition for alien workers. Those looking to apply for a green card under the EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) category can use this form. It’s crucial to download the latest version of the form to avoid application returns.

Personal Background and Journey

The speaker LZ shares her journey of applying for a green card. At the time of her application, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow on her OPT (Optional Practical Training) and was still on a student visa. She and her husband were both on F1 student visas when they decided to pursue the green card process.

Filling Out the Form I-140

Sections of the Form

The form consists of ten parts:

  1. Personal Information: Name, address, IRS number, and social security number.
  2. Type of Green Card Petition: In this case, EB-2 NIW.
  3. Information about the Petitioner: This could be an employer or an individual.
  4. Present Information: For those applying from outside the US or those within the US on different visa types.
  5. Additional sections cover employment details, work experience, and family information.

Important Tips for Filling Out the Form

Always ensure that you:

  • Download the most recent version of the form.
  • Review the filled form thoroughly, ideally with another person’s help.
  • Sign the form appropriately before submission.

The Application Process and Timeline

Form Submission and Associated Costs

Applicants can submit Form I-140 alone or concurrently with Form I-485 (adjustment of status). The cost for the I-140 was $700, while the I-485 was around $1,140 at the time of LZ’s application.

LZ’s Personal Timeline

After submitting her application on January 5th, 2018, LZ received approval on May 30th, 2018, which was roughly a five-month wait.

Additional Resources and Next Steps

Free eBook Offer

LZ offers a free eBook to help applicants start the EB-2 NIW process, capturing the frequently asked questions she has encountered. The link to the eBook can be found in the description.

Upcoming Topics

In the next episode, LZ plans to discuss Form I-485, the associated forms, medical requirements, and how to travel during the green card application process.


Successfully navigating the I-140 form process requires diligence, the correct information, and timely action. For more guidance, check out the free eBook and stay tuned for more insights in the upcoming episodes.

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