Success Stories: Assistant Professor in Taiwan Who Received EB-1A Petition Approval Is Now Eligible for Immigrant Visa Processing


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On March 23rd, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for an Assistant Professor in the Field of Photonics (Approval Notice).

General Field: Photonics

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Assistant Professor

Country of Origin: Taiwan

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: N/A

Approval Notice Date: March 23rd, 2016

Processing Time: 7 Days (Premium Processing Requested)


Case Summary:

North America Immigration Law Group ( had the pleasure of working with an assistant professor based in Taiwan. As she is residing outside the United States, she will undergo a different process to obtain a green card than those in the U.S. The first step (the I-140 petition) remains the same but the difference lies in the second and final step. Instead of filing an I-485 application, our client is now eligible for Immigrant Visa Processing (IVP).

What is IVP?

With her EB-1A petition approval, our client can now apply for an immigrant visa at an American consulate or embassy. Amongst other things, she has to submit the relevant paperwork, pay the fees, and be interviewed by an officer before she can be granted this visa. Assuming that everything goes well, she will be issued a visa stamp that will allow her to enter the United States as a permanent resident. Her green card will then be mailed to her U.S. address. For more information, visit

EB-1A Petition:

It must be noted that before being eligible for IVP, our client first had to obtain an I-140 petition approval. Her petition was filed under the EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) visa category, and thanks to Premium Processing, the USCIS only spent one week adjudicating her case. We have no doubt that our client’s strong credentials and our meticulously prepared EB1A presentation paved the way for case approval. Here are some of the petition’s highlights:

  1. We noted our client’s citation count, publication record, and peer review experience. At the time of filing, these numbers stood at 275 citations, 23 publications, and 26 instances of peer review service. We also noted our client’s 4 patents.
  2. To strengthen our case, we incorporated recommendation letters obtained from other experts in the field of photonics. These experts gladly lent their support and advocated for our client’s EB-1A petition approval. According to one of our client’s recommenders: “Only a handful of scientists can ever hope to achieve major findings over the course of their career. [Client] has greatly expanded our knowledge base regarding the construction of multifunctional optic devices for use in free-space optical communications systems, and she has done this to an extent that I do not believe anyone else in optical engineering could presently match. She is certainly one of the most advanced minds working in this area, and the continued improvement of the field is heavily dependent upon her prolonged efforts.”
  3. As part of our services, we carefully reviewed our client’s research on the interactions that occur between light and matter in nano-photonic systems, and the subsequent development of integrated photonic and nano-photonic devices for the free-space/on-chip optical communications systems. We used what we learned to demonstrate to the USCIS that her work is of great importance to the United States, especially its technology sector.

With an M.Sc. degree, a Ph.D. degree, and extensive experience in the field of photonics, our client is well equipped with the skills needed to continue carrying out impactful research in the United States. North America Immigration Law Group congratulates her for obtaining an EB-1A petition approval, and we wish her well with IVP.



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