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I am a taekwondo master from South Korea.  Last December, I applied for my green card through EB-1 Extraordinary ability in the field of athletics.  I received my work permit in January.  Two months ago, I left my job and I opened my own business (martial arts school).  If my petition for my green card is denied, what are my options?  Can I apply for a business visa and sponsor myself?

Congratulations on your new business.  Your brief recitation of the facts does not enable me to give you a thorough report about your possible options if your I-140 were to be denied.  The space in this forum is too limited to address all possible avenues for you to take. I would suggest that you consult the attorney who filed your EB-1 and I-485 to give you some advice or consult with another attorney.  This way they will be able to give you a proper path to follow if you receive bad news.

Note, it would be rare that your I-140 petition would be denied without the Service asking for a Request for Additional Evidence.  Once you receive this you should respond quickly to the request.  

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Mark Ashley

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Mark Ashley


Business Immigration. My practice focuses on representing researchers, scholars, and other advanced degree professionals with filing NIW, EB-1,O-1, H-1, L-1 petitions. I am a founding partner in the immigration law firm Ashley & Krishnan,


18 years as a practicing attorney.

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JD from St. Mary's University, Texas.

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American Jurisprudence Award recipient

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