Success Stories: Despite an RFE, A Postdoctoral Associate in Cell Biology Not Only Achieved EB1A Approval but also NIW Approval Just One Month Apart


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On January 24th, 2022, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Field of Cell Biology (Approval Notice).

General Field: Cell Biology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Country of Origin: China

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Connecticut

Approval Notice Date: January 24th, 2022

Processing Time: 3 months, 28 days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

Holder of a Ph.D. in biological sciences, our client initially hired us to help her file an NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition and eventually retained us for the EB1-A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) visa category as well to prove that her work is indeed extraordinary in her chosen field. The client has a good track record of scientific publications in the field of cell biology during her master and PhD career. At the time when she retained us, her postdoctoral research has not produced any publication yet. Therefore, we decided to focus on her achievements in her master and PhD, which already are remarkable, and have applicability in global efforts to address crop pollination methods and cancer therapies. Thus, we were certain that her unique and expansive expertise has enabled her to contribute significantly to the field of cell biology, extending the reasonable expectation that she will continue to do so within the United States.

When we began to lay out her NIW and EB1A petition packets respectively, we discovered that she has achieved a consistent and outstanding record of success. We specified that she has spent several years investigating issues related to pollen tube growth, cytoplasm segregation, and single particle dynamics and is regarded as an authority in the field.

Therefore, over the course of her career, she has performed peer reviews for a variety of journals and completed almost 20 peer reviews. Her selection as a peer reviewer demonstrates that she is recognized as an outstanding contributor to cell biology research.

Also, her research has been published in some of the top publication venues in her field, resulting in 8 peer-reviewed scientific articles (4 of them first-authored) and 1 first-authored book chapter.

Her work has been cited 360 times by various other researchers in the cell biology field in at least 39 countries. Moreover, other noted experts confirm that her citation record indicates a significant impact on the field. The importance of her background and accomplishments in her area of expertise is further discussed in letters of support from fellow experts in the field.

“[Client’s] research is particularity important to the United States, as it enables its research community to better understand mechanisms of cell polarity and embryo patterning. It also provides valuable insights into basic cancer biology, as increasing evidence has shown that toss of cell polarity is a major cause of tumor cell proliferation… To better understand the causes of cancer and facilitate cancer prevention, more research of her caliber is necessary. She has thus made critical contributions to understanding embryo development and cell polarity as well as critical insights into cancer biology.”

All of the information discussed above made it evident that our dynamic client’s research, publications, citations, and peer review record, help ensure the field’s continued progress. Therefore, the adjudicating authorities at USCIS approved her EB1A and NIW cases simultaneously. We truly thank her for her cooperation with us throughout the process and congratulate her on this magnificent breakthrough.

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