Professionals' self application for green card

I am reporting here comments from and my responses to a member of our community, "Julissa," regarding whether or how she could apply for a green card herself if she has a Master's degree. Do note, if a set of new immigration laws gets passed, all this could change. To keep track of developments in the pending immigration law reform, follow this link:


Green Card application by myself
Submitted by Julissa (not verified) on Jun 25th 2013.
Hello, I have an H1B visa which it is going to end in October 24,2013. My employer doesn't want to sponsor me for a Green Card, because they said that only sponsor their managers. Although, their AT&T client doesn't want to lose me. Also, I would like to let you know that I came to US with a F1 visa,got a Master degree in Business/Computer Information Systems, I have a Bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems (Peru).I'd appreciate to know if I can apply it by myself and what chances do I have to get it and in case that I can apply by myself what are the steps to follow.

Green Card application by myself
Submitted by Rajiv S. Khanna on Jun 27th 2013.
I am sorry, Julissa, under the current laws, self-application seems not to be an option for you.

Why not?
Submitted by Julissa (not verified) on Jul 5th 2013.
Why not? my Master Degree from a US University is not valid, even my work experience which is more than 10 years 6 years here in US and 6 years in Peru. is it because I am from South America? I would appreciate a better explanation why I don't qualify. Thanks

Why not? 
Submitted by Rajiv S. Khanna on Jul 7th 2013.
Julissa, there are only three categories for employment-based self-application: EB-1A (Extraordinary ability alien), National Interest Waiver and EB-5, investment. There is no category I can think of under which you may qualify for self-application (without an employer's help). If you would like a consultation to understand further, join our free community conference call. A one-on-one consultation may not be necessary.

Review these links:

National INterest Waiver:

EB-5 Investment:

Free community conference calls:

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