Success Stories: A Postdoctoral Research Associate Secures EB-1A Approval in the Field of Mechanical Engineering Without Any RFE Issuance in Only 9 Days


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On September 2nd, 2021, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Field of Mechanical Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Mechanical Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Country of Origin: China

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Texas

Approval Notice Date: September 2nd, 2021

Processing Time: 9 days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

Our diligent team members in North America Immigration Law Group are experts dealing with employment-based petitions, and thus we make sure of devising our client’s petitions in the most unique way possible. With a record of more than 25,000 approved cases, we agreed to take our client’s case, a postdoctoral research associate from China holding a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. He hired our law firm to file his NIW petition back in 2019 and after 2 years, he once again retained our services to file another petition under the EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) category. Undoubtedly, he has extraordinary abilities to continue further in the field of mechanical engineering. After judging his credentials, we were sure that his academic and professional background has equipped him with a robust skill set is a tremendous asset to any research laboratory or institution. Thus, we incorporated the following information in his EB1A petition packet:

  • We highlighted that his work has garnered a total of 207 citations from at least 11 countries, emphasizing that numerous other researchers also use his work in their own laboratories. This feature of his career further demonstrates that he is invaluable to the progression of mechanical engineering; his work has served researchers in the United States and abroad.
  • Also, we specified his noteworthy publication record i.e., 22 peer-reviewed scientific articles all of which were published in some of the top-ranked journals, authenticating the fact that only a handful of scholars have an academic and professional background that is as extensive as that of our client. Since few others possess such a skill set and level of prior contributions, he is a uniquely valuable researcher in mechanical engineering who must continue progressing in his field of endeavor here in the United States without any hurdles.
  • In addition, we noted that he has served the academic community by appraising the work of his peers for highly discerning journals 32 times. He has been chosen several times by the journals’ editorial board for the peer review activity, which signifies that he has demonstrated a remarkable ability to analyze intricate research and make an informed judgment about whether or not a specific work meets modern research demands. This capability is unique to only the most qualified researchers, proving that he is certainly a researcher of this caliber.
  • It was inescapable for us to study his intended research focusing on gravity wave parameterization, addressing some of our nation’s most pressing issues, such as optimizing the thrust induced by corona-driven electro-hydrodynamic propellers and controlling the microfluidics with electro-convective effects.
  • Moreover, his research got supported by funding from leading federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, UK Home Office, National Institutes of Health, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, and thus these funding grants demonstrate that he has been acknowledged for his work and its relevance to national interests.
  • Besides, we incorporated five recommendation letters provided by other expert researchers in the field, one of whom stated that:

“[Client] is a prolific researcher who specializes in mechanical engineering subjects such as electro-hydrodynamic (EHD) flow. It is through his contributions that the field of mechanical engineering achieves a great deal of progress because he offers novel insights that researchers in the past have not been able to provide. Specifically, I would like to discuss his insights in regards to the growing field of EHD. Not many others in the field offer such insight, making it crucial that he is granted the means to perform his research in the United States.”

We are glad that his case was approved and we got one more approved case to our success bucket. We would like to thank our team’s vigilance in this case and our client’s trust in us throughout the adjudication process. We would also like to thank the premium processing upgrade, which is a paid option offered by the USCIS which allows petitioners to enjoy speedy adjudication (the case will be processed within 15 days instead of 9-12 months). Thus, our client’s case was adjudicated just 9 days after we filed the case.

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