Success Stories: Customized EB-1A Petition Approved in 3 Months for a Ph.D. Candidate from China in the Field of Environmental Engineering (wastewater treatment)


Client’s Testimonial:

“Thanks so much for your message. That is really a breaking news for me. I was actually not expecting a decision from USCIS for such a short period of time. I was a little shocked by the fact that my case was approved fourth months after the application. […] I also highly appreciate your service.”

On May 12th, 2018, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Ph.D. Candidate in the Field of Environmental Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Environmental Engineering (wastewater treatment)

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Ph.D. Candidate

Country of Origin: China

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Missouri

Approval Notice Date: May 12th, 2018

Processing Time: 3 months and 3 days

Case Summary:

Just 3 months after North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) filed an EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition for a doctoral student from China, the USCIS approved his case. Although our client had very strong credentials in his area, he still needed our help to build a customized EB1A petition for him.

When our client retained us, we already had over 10,000 approved I-140 cases in the bag, which gave us unprecedented insight into USCIS adjudication trends. As we were able to build a personalized EB1A petition that highlighted our client’s unique skills, background, and accomplishments in the field of environmental engineering, we persuaded the USCIS to grant him I-140 approval.

Among other things, we described the 300 times our client’s work had been cited by independent and dependent researchers around the world. We also listed his 13 published scientific articles and the impressive 110 times he had judged the work of his peers for 25 journals.

Further, we incorporated recommendation letters into our client’s EB1A petition dossier, all of which were volunteered by other prominent environmental engineers or researchers working in the related fields. According to one of them: “[Client’s] exceptional achievements and rich research experience support his reputation as one of the top researchers in environmental engineering.”

We are pleased that our client has overcome this significant hurdle in the lengthy green card process, and we thank him for choosing us to represent his EB1A case.

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).

Our Ten Thousand I-140 Approvals Provide Unprecedented Insight into the USCIS Adjudication Trend

With more than 16,000 EB-1A, EB-1B, EB-2 NIW and O-1 cases approved, we have first hand information on the manner in which the USCIS adjudicate I-140 cases. As the USCIS has constantly changed its adjudication standards for the EB-1A, EB-1B and EB-2 NIW categories, our firm's huge database of successful cases gives you unprecedented insight to USCIS adjudication trends. We carefully analyze the data for all of our cases and apply the results of our analyses toward giving our clients up-to-date advice and adapting our strategies such that we remain on par with the ever-shifting landscape of immigration law in the U.S. With us, you will always have access to important updates, strategies, and information so that you can make the most informed decisions about your case.

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With our exceedingly large number of successful petitions, no matter what credentials you have, no matter your background and field of expertise, no matter your visa status or nationality, chances are we have helped hundreds or even thousands of clients just like you. Our clients are usually impressed with how well we understand their research and work. Our insight and understanding stems from the fact that we have handled many cases with elements similar to yours already, and this helps us devise the best strategies for each individual petition.

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For years, our firm has attracted new clients based solely on word of mouth, recommendations, and the positive collaboration experiences shared with them by their friends and family. We take pride in our reputation and work hard to ensure that we provide a green card application experience that our clients are happy to share with their friends and colleagues. That is how our approved cases grew from 600 in 2013 to over 3,500 in 2019.

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