If you obtain GC via EB1 for clinical research, but do not work in that position when the actual GC is obtained (doing clinical medicine), would that been an issue when applying for citizenship?


If a person obtains an EB1 based on Extraordinary Ability, the USCIS does expect him/her to work in that field of expertise for a reasonable time after the GC approval. If this did not occur for any period after approval of the I-485 application, it could create problems when applying for naturalization. In some cases it is possible to argue for a broad interpretation of the field of expertise. Separately, if this case was an EB1 Outstanding Professor / Researcher, it was tied to the employer / sponsor, not just the field of expertise. It is always wise to consult with an attorney before making any job changes that could affect not only the green card cases but subsequent naturalization. (13.Jan.2014)

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