I am currently working for a reputed financial company in Columbus, OH and I am currently on H1b and I had an MS degree in Computer Science.
My company takes a lot of time to start my green card process. And so, may I know, instead of waiting for years to have them start the GC process, may I know, If I can hire an attorney and start the process all by myself ?
No, you cannot do such thing. For an employment-based "green card" application process only an employer can petition you. The only time you can self-petition, without a permanent job offer and employer is when you self-petition for either:
1. National Interest Waiver under EB-2 or
2. Extraordinary Ability under EB-1.
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No. As Mr. Behar stated, there are very few situations in which the employee can start the process.
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You may do the petition on your own only if you believe you are qualified for a self petition. Based on the information you have presented it is very unlikely.
Attorney Robert Brown's (former INS Director, 1972-99) reply to your question is general in nature, and does not constitute legal advice as all facts are known to him. For specific advice or representation you should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law. Mr. Brown's reply on AVVO does not create an attorney/client relationship not constitute legal advice.
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