Success Stories: A Research Fellow Based-in Maryland Secures NIW and EB-1A Petition Approvals Less than 2 Months apart with Our Expert Services


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On February 11th, 2021 and April 1st, 2021, we received another NIW (National Interest Waiver) and EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Research Fellow in the Field of Organic Chemistry (Approval Notice).

General Field: Organic Chemistry

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Fellow

Country of Origin: China

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Maryland

Approval Notice Date: February 11th, 2021 (NIW) and April 1st, 2021 (EB-1A)

Processing Time: 12 months (NIW) and 8 days (EB-1A) (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

A research fellow engaged the professional service of North America Immigration Law Group to help her file an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition on her behalf, and just after successfully receiving the NIW approval, she retained our services for filing another petition under EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability). Several petitioners file more than one petition as it makes them closer to obtaining the green card, and we are truly happy to help our client achieve both the petition approvals less than 2 months apart.

Case Preparation: Initially, we worked on our client’s EB-2 NIW petition. We evaluated her research and the benefits to the U.S. After the completion of the NIW case, then we prepared the EB-1A petition, and despite being two unique petitions, some of the details overlapped in both the NIW and EB-1A petitions that we included. However, our priority was to exhibit her outstanding academic and professional background, and unsurpassed knowledge relevant to her current and future work which indicates that she qualifies for both the national interest waiver as well as an alien of extraordinary ability visa categories.

Her Petition Packet consisted of the following details:

We noted that she held a Ph.D. in structural biology and extensive experience in researching issues related to the functions of the ubiquitin receptor hRpn13, the structural modeling of A3G, and the evolutionary diversification of α-toxins from a specific scorpion lineage and is regarded as an authority in the field. We concluded that her research addresses some of our nation’s most pressing issues, including the treatment of cancers and HIV-1, and pest control and disease treatment. Her strong background in structural biology, ubiquitin receptors, and biochemical assays has enabled her research to be unusually original, following in her success in fundamentally transforming research here in the United States.

Additionally, we highlighted the 315 citations gathered from 8 peer-reviewed scientific articles (4 of them first-authored and 2 of them co-first-authored) and 1 international patent application she published. These articles have been published in some of the major reputable journals in her field and have been cited by researchers locally and internationally, approximately in 43 countries, proving how widely her work is recognized and relied upon in the field of organic chemistry. Going ahead, we observed that she had also conducted 5 reviews for highly acclaimed journals. Thus, we confirmed her notable peer-review contribution to the scientific community as a judge of the work of others.

Enclosing the petitions with a few recommendation letters was imperative for us to bolster her case. Our client’s remarkable influence in the field is discussed more by her fellow experts, confirming that she is completely committed to using her talent to develop cancer treatments and is in an elite class of scientists with the aptitude to do so. According to one of her recommenders:

“With her novel discoveries in toxin research and her contributions to disease research, I can confirm that [client] had made vital contributions to her field that have not gone unnoticed. Her thorough work in the field inspired other similar studies. Thus, I encourage the USCIS to allow her to continue her novel work in the United States.”

Our team’s efficiency and diligence in our client’s respective cases led her to NIW & EB-1A approvals. Since our client upgraded her EB-1A petition to premium processing service*, and her case got approved in just 8 days. We are grateful to our client for trusting our law firm for both the petition applications and congratulate her on this milestone.

*Premium Processing Service is a paid option offered by the USCIS that allows petitioners to enjoy accelerated adjudication (the case will be processed within 15 days instead of 9-12 months).

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