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Possible routes to becoming a permanent resident permanently from UK to US

I'm an organic chemistry PhD student in the UK, I'll be finishing my PhD soon and I've always wanted to permanently live in the US.

I know that there is a limit of 65,000 on the number of H1Bs that are given out each year for companies via a lottery, and that if I take a post doc at a US university it will likely be under a J1 visa, and that US universities are H1B exempt.

  1. Would it be possible to go straight into a research associate job under the H1B visa without a postdoc?

I've been looking on job boards like Indeed and LinkedIn but most research associate jobs in universities don't say if they will sponsor a H1B visa.

  1. Would it be possible to take a post doc under the J1 visa then somehow get sponsored for a green card by the university possibly through EB2 or self sponsor under EB1-B?

  2. Also what is a NIW ( national interest waiver), I've seen this term used on other posts, what are the requirements for this and what happens if you apply for an NIW?

Thanks for your time

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