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Ramos da Silva

The infinite road to Green card!

I would like to tell my journey to get the green card, so I can help as many people as possible, not just to understand the whole process but also to keep their minds sane during the long wait. When I first started, I had no idea how the whole process works. So, first you need to figure out which green card category you will apply. Focusing on people with PhD, you can do EB-1 or EB-2. People from India and China usually apply for EB-1A, because the line for EB-2 usually take more than 5 years for the second part. So, basically it will be EB-1A or EB2-NIW if you don’t have an employer as a sponsor. EB-1A is the extraordinary ability, and nowadays the analysis is based mostly on the citations of the papers and revision of papers. You will have to argue your importance in your area, so citation and paper revisions are the proof of your influence.


Ramos da Silva

When is the right time to get the waiver for the 212e rule (Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement)

I have decided to write about this, because when I needed my waiver, I had some problems that other people didn’t, and most of the people even didn’t know about them. Most of the people with a J1 Visa will get the 212e rule in their DS2019 and/or Visa stamp. It is based on the skills/area/field you are in, and the necessity that your home country has for those. You can always check the list of skill on the US Department of State website. There are three categories that will make you get a “X” in your DS2019: government funding, area/skills in need at the home country, and if you will receive a MD degree in the US.


The Unicorn that is a Great Manager

I have recently had a couple of my interactions with my current manager that have led me to reflect on managers I’ve had over my career. And I admit that I compare every manager I have to the best manager I’ve ever had. And no one before or after has met the high bar that is her legacy in my mind.

Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo


Switching Paths

Having a job is an essential part of our adult life, and it is definitely something we need in order to survive. It is something we depend on. If we think about it, most of us will spend most of our productive life working, so looking for a job or staying at a job that we are unhappy about might not be the smartest idea.


Managing a Planned Departure

My contract is ending, and I need a new job. I was going to write an article about how to gracefully exit a position, particularly for those of us who are exiting into the “unknown” of the job market. Since I know that scheduled departures like mine are fairly common in both academic and industry roles, I wanted to record my thoughts on the process.

Thomas Patrick

We’ve Said Hello, Now What?

Today we’re continuing on the topic of networking…last time, we talked about how to say, we’re going to talk about what to say AFTER you say hello.  Like always, there is a right way and a wrong way to start off a conversation…the wrong way is to launch into a sales pitch about yourself without taking a breath…the other wrong way is to say, “Hi I’m George, are you guys hiring? Do you know anyone who is hiring? Okthanksbye”…you guys think I’m kidding - but I’ve actually overheard that last one.


Interviewing is a two way street

Interviewing is often thought to be an interaction between candidate and potential employer where the employer is in control asking many questions to assess the candidate for their needs.  4However, it is important that the candidate do as much interviewing of the employer as well.  Here are a few things to consider when you are interviewing a potential organization. 

Caroline Ceniza-Levine


Job Interview Gone Bad? How To Handle The Hostile, Mean-Spirited, Difficult Job Interviewer

A job interview is a person-to-person communication, and some people are difficult, so you will likely encounter a difficult job interviewer at some point. The difficult job interviewer pushes back on what you say, picks apart your claims, focuses on your weaknesses and mistakes, or tries to get you to talk trash about your past bosses and companies. The difficult job interviewer frames questions negatively and wants you to get negative as well. Don’t fall for these traps! Here are three approaches to diffuse the difficult job interviewer:


Tips on How to Engage an Audience

I recently gave a talk at a luncheon hosted by my research institute. In the days since, I’ve had a few experiences that have brought me to this blog. I’d like to talk about how to engage an audience, whether it’s an actual audience, or an interviewer, or new colleagues at a networking event. From my perspective, there are a few rules of engagement, in no particular order:

Donna Kridelbaugh



You see it all the time—in a popular news article about a groundbreaking research study to even the primary literature—that so-and-so researcher is the “first” to make some brand new discovery.This claim makes me cringe every time I see it. Why? Well to be honest, it’s highly unlikely to be the absolute first at anything with millions of scientists around the world, many of whom are working in similar fields on similar problems.