Success Stories: EB-1A and NIW Petitions Approved Without RFE for Assistant Professor from China in the Field of Mechanical Engineering


Client’s Testimonial:

“Thank you for the good news.”

On April 26th, 2016, and May 20th, 2016, respectively, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for an Assistant Professor in the Field of Mechanical Engineering (Approval Notice).


General Field: Mechanical Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Assistant Professor

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

Approval Notice Date: April 26th, 2016 (EB1A) and May 20th, 2016 (NIW)

Processing Time: 21 days (EB1A, Premium Processing Requested) and 45 days (NIW)

Case Summary:

An assistant professor from China hired North America Immigration Law Group ( to help him overcome the first hurdle of the green card process (the I-140 petition). To increase his chances of getting a petition approval, he wanted us to file two I-140 petitions: one under EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and another under EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver). Although our client was fortunate enough to get both his petitions approved less than 2 weeks apart, we are particularly pleased about the approval of his EB-1A petition. This allows him to proceed with the next step of the green card process (filing an I-485 application) without needing to wait several years for his priority date to become current.

Putting together two I-140 petitions:

As EB1A and NIW are two different visa categories, we had to put together two different petition packets for our client. Even so, several details overlapped:

  1. Recommendation letters: We urged our client to contact other influential mechanical engineers for recommendation letters. As part of our comprehensive services, we helped him select these recommenders by making sure that they were familiar with his work and/or had worked with him. Our client obtained six letters, one of which stated that “…[Client’s] deep level of experience and high caliber technical skills combine to make him an especially valuable contributor, who has certainly earned a permanent place in the field’s developmental vanguard.”
  2. Presentation of our client’s credentials: When we filed our client’s petitions, he had published 13 scientific articles and conducted 30 peer reviews. We also noted the 239 citations gathered from his work in the field of mechanical engineering.
  3. Value of our client’s work to the U.S.: With a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, we established that our client is equipped with the skills needed to carry out impactful research that benefits the United States. We also determined that his investigations on design and crashworthiness optimization methods for industrially-important structures and systems are contributing to the country’s automotive, aerospace, military, and industrial engineering efforts, transportation sector, and national economy.

We congratulate our client on his EB-1A and EB-2 NIW petition approvals, and we wish him well as he adjusts his status for permanent residence.

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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