Success Stories: A Postdoctoral Scholar Secures EB-2 NIW & EB-1A Petition Approvals 1 Month Apart in the Field of Materials Science


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On June 9th, 2021 and July 14th, 2021, we received another EB2-NIW (National Interest Waiver) and EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Field of Materials Science (Approval Notice).

General Field: Materials Science

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Scholar

Country of Origin: China

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Massachusetts

Approval Notice Date: June 9th, 2021 (NIW) and July 14th, 2021 (EB-1A)

Processing Time: 12 months (NIW) and 9 months (EB-1A)

Case Summary:

With an M.S. degree and a Ph.D. in chemistry, a postdoctoral scholar based in Massachusetts hired North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) to file an I-140 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition on her behalf. We were certain of her bona fide candidature and affirmed counter-signing the attorney-client relationship agreement.

Initially, we assessed her research focusing on identifying the roles of specific cell types and neural subtypes in order to decipher complex brain circuits, including the improvement of treatments for neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Also, we underlined the 16 peer-reviewed journal articles (9 of them first-authored, 2 co-first-authored), 1 first-authored book, and 1 first-authored book chapter she published, gathering 969 citations by researchers in at least 62 countries. In addition to her foundational role and all-around abilities in the field are further evident in her service as a peer reviewer for authoritative journals. She has conducted 29 peer reviews to date, therefore, her extensive experience in the field of materials science has provided her with more vast knowledge and more formidable skills than others in the field. These notable qualities are a significant asset to any research setting, thereby establishing our client as a valuable scientist.

After incorporating all the crucial facts of our client’s intended project, ensuring that the United States is at the forefront of the health industry, we successfully submitted her NIW case to the USCIS for further adjudication. Meanwhile, our client’s NIW case was pending approval, so she decided to retain us for filing another petition under the EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) visa category.

Since our law firm is prestigious in handling employment-based visas, we agreed to take this case ahead as well, assuring success for both cases. Our priority was to present her second case (EB1A) as strong as NIW. Thus, apart from the aforementioned details, we also appended the importance of her work, demonstrating through its funding, provided by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, McKnight Foundation Technological Innovation in Neuroscience award, NIH Director’s Pioneer Award program, National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow Award, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, National Natural Science Foundation of China. These remarkable institutions are dedicated to the promotion of nationally and internationally important biomedical and neuroscience research that has applications in a myriad of sectors, including healthcare, defense, and industry.

Moreover, we noted how several scientists in materials science have cited our client’s work to further their own projects. They used her work to contextualize their data on the behaviors of the nanoparticles. Since scientists cite one another to utilize novel and important ideas to further their own work. It is therefore evident by the frequency that our client’s work has been cited by her peers that she is an indispensable resource to materials science research. In fact, four other experts in the field agreed to sign our client’s recommendation letters, corroborating that she is an elite contributor to the most important and pressing issues of inquiry and her experiences establish her as a competent researcher in materials science with major ramifications for the field as a whole. Two of her recommenders stated the following:

“[Client’s] deep theoretical understanding, focused on materials science, combined with her masterful technical abilities, enables her to outperform her colleagues in terms of the quality of her results and her contributions to the field.”

“[Client’s] research, which enhanced neuron cell membrane penetration and reduced damage to cells, provides a new way in assessing- neurons, or brain cells. Her innovative methods provide a less invasive yet more accurate approach for making intracellular readings of neurons, and these readings are crucial to therapies that are reliant on brain activity mapping or neural prosthetics. In this context, her work addresses serious neurological health concerns in the United States.”

We are glad that we could lead our client to both NIW and EB1A petition approvals by detailing all the necessary attributes as per USCIS guidelines in her respective petition packets. We sincerely thank our client for choosing us for her I-140 applications. We would also like to congratulate her on achieving this wonderful pathway, advancing in her desired field of materials science.

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