Success Stories: A Chinese Postdoctoral Fellow in the Field of Molecular Biology Secures NIW & EB1-A Approvals Less than 3 Months Apart


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On June 16th, 2022 and September 1st, 2022, we received another EB2-NIW (National Interest Waiver) and EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Field of Molecular Biology (Approval Notice).

General Field: Molecular Biology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Fellow

Country of Origin: China

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: New Jersey

Approval Notice Date: June 16th, 2022 (NIW) and September 1st, 2022 (EB-1A)

Processing Time: 3 months, 7 days (NIW) and 4 months, 10 days (EB-1A) (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

Our client from China holds a D.S. degree in genetics and is a postdoctoral fellow in the field of molecular biology. She is one of the few leading experts in molecular biology, who has earned a consistent and notable record of success and influence in this area of study. Thus, she hired North America Immigration Law Group to help her file an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition, and consecutively an EB1-A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition on her behalf.

Since the prerequisites for each (NIW and EB-1A) visa are so different, it is rare that a petitioner qualifies for both the EB-1A and the NIW. However, those who qualify for both, are the ideal applicants with high levels of expertise in their areas of specialty. Additionally, with an EB-1A, you do not need to be actively working to qualify, which is not the same for the NIW.

Considering the challenges, our team put together a winning strategy for both cases and listed the following information in the respective cases:

  • We noted her active and actual participation as a judge of the work of other experts in the field i.e., she has conducted 21 peer reviews to date.
  • In addition to directly advancing molecular biology research, she has actively engaged her peers in the field of molecular biology by authoring and co-authoring 10 peer-reviewed journal articles and 1 letter to the editor that has been published in international journals. Moreover, her work has attracted a wide audience and has been cited 1,156 times by peers using her prior findings to make additional discoveries related to projects of their own both in the United States and abroad.
  • Her work has also been funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF). Since the NSFC, NIH, and MJFF are dedicated to furthering basic scientific research for a range of major illnesses and public health threats, this support of her work reflects its clear importance to efforts aimed at improving scientific research, public health, and overall society in the U.S. and around the world.
  • To corroborate the aforementioned facts, our client also provided us with four letters of recommendation. One of her recommenders stated the below:

“Two of the most common neurological diseases in the United States are Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, both involving progressive neurodegeneration and thus loss of neuronal function and significant impairment of the brain’s ability to transmit information across various systems… The [client] has broken substantial ground on this front. By studying the molecular origins of such neurological disorders, she has helped provide improved treatment for American patients with these conditions… Therefore, her entry to the United States will substantially benefit prospectively the United States.”

These instances confirm her status at the very top of her field and as an unparalleled molecular biologist whose work is important to crop protection, she won her NIW and EB1A approvals less than 3 months apart. We thank our client for having faith in our law firm and wish her all the best in all her future endeavors.

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