Success Stories: Columbus-based Senior Postdoctoral Researcher with 336 Citations Receives NIW and EB1A Petition Approvals (No RFE Issued)


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“I am very happy and speechless trying to find the right word to thank you for all your help and efforts in the thorough preparation of my petition right from the beginning to the end. I truly appreciate all the great work done by you and your team.”

On April 8th, 2020 and June 11th, 2020, we received another NIW (National Interest Waiver) and EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in the Field of Biochemistry (Approval Notice).

General Field: Biochemistry

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Senior Postdoctoral Researcher

Country of Origin: India

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Columbus

Approval Notice Date: April 8th, 2020 (NIW) and June 11th, 2020 (EB-1A)

Processing Time: 6 months (NIW) and 6 months 9 days (EB-1A)

Case Summary:

A senior postdoctoral researcher from India residing in Columbus hired North America Immigration Law Group ( to file two I-140 petitions on her behalf: one under EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) and the other under EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability). Our client initially hired us to file an NIW petition but decided to retain our services to file an EB-1A. It is not unusual for petitioners to file more than one petition as it can make them closer to the green card.

Assembling the Petitions:

Despite being two different petitions, some of the information we included in both NIW and EB-1A petition packets overlapped. Overall, our goal was to convince the USCIS of our client’s impressive credentials, and thus, we made it a point to demonstrate her impressive achievements in both petitions.

  • We highlighted her citation count (336 citations at the time of filing), the 23 peer-reviewed scientific articles (12 of them first-authored) she had authored, and the 22 times she had reviewed the work of her peers in the field of biochemistry.
  • We also presented documents that endorsed and supported our client’s work. Both the I-140 petition packets contained 3 recommendation letters contributed by renowned experts in the field of biochemistry.

“In light of [client’s] impressive abilities in research focused on this and related aspects of ovarian cancer research, it is safe to state that she will continue to produce such major achievements in the years to come, planning and performing intellectually rigorous and technically accomplished work at the cutting edge of her field.”

The statement above was made by a highly-acclaimed director and professor endorsing our client’s contributions to the scientific community. This letter of recommendation, along with the two others that our client obtained, asserted the value of our client’s continued presence in the US.

  • Both petitions also contained a wealth of information on our client’s research which is focused on cancer research. We proved that our client’s work addresses some of the United States’ most pressing issues in identifying exosome-based protein biomarkers for the early detection of ovarian cancer. Her research in this area is of great importance because it provides vital research on the early diagnosis of cancer which is a pervasive global issue.

The effective manner in which our firm handled our client’s NIW and EB-1A cases led to her case approval. We wholeheartedly congratulate our client for securing two petition approvals and we thank her for choosing our law firm to be a part of her success story.

North America Immigration Law Group (Chen Immigration Law Associates) is a U.S. immigration law firm dedicated to representing corporations, research institutions, and individuals from all 50 U.S. states regarding I-140 immigration petitions. We specialize in employment-based immigration petition and have a proven record of high success rate for the categories of: EB2-NIW (National Interest Waiver), EB1-A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability), EB1-B (Outstanding Researcher/Professor) and O-1 (Alien of Extraordinary Ability).

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