Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Approved for Chinese Postdoctoral Research Associate in California in the Field of Molecular Biology


Client’s Testimonial:

“That is great news! Thanks a lot for your help with my case.”

On March 15th, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Field of Molecular Biology (Approval Notice).


General Field: Molecular Biology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: California

Approval Notice Date: March 15th, 2016

Processing Time: 8 Days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

This EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) case involved a postdoctoral research associate from China. He hired North America Immigration Law Group when he decided that he wanted to become an American permanent resident. Once an attorney-client relationship arose, our legal team got to work putting together a strong EB-1A petition on his behalf.

One of the first things we did was help our client select experts in his field who could contribute recommendation letters in support of our EB1A petition. Our client persuaded these experts to furnish us with testimonials, and the six letters that he gathered served as additional proof that his work is relevant to the United States, particularly its medical sector. Here are a couple of quotes that firmly supported our argument:

  • “Without [Client’s] sustained participation in his research, I anticipate costly delays in scientific progress in the field as a whole. His impressive background and experience in research settings has shaped [Client] into a researcher with a unique perspective and background that allow him to conduct research geared heavily towards practicality and usability. I simply do not believe that the international research community could have advanced as far as it has without [Client’s] diligent work, and we continue to rely upon his insight and skills today.”
  • “[Client] has made major advancements to the scientific understanding of the world around us in a way that few other researchers have. Furthermore, he has also opened new avenues for scientific inquiry, thereby influencing scientific research well beyond the confines of his own field. For these reasons, it is clear that [Client] must be allowed to continue his work in the United States.”

Our well-prepared EB-1A petition also contained details of our client’s research on functional and X-ray structural studies of membrane and cytosolic proteins as they pertain to cell death and cell communication. These details were accompanied by his peer review, citation, and publication count, which at the time of filing stood at 30 reviews, 173 citations, and 6 publications. Thanks to Premium Processing (PP), our client received an approval notice merely eight days after we filed the case on his behalf. By paying an additional $1,225 to the USCIS, petitioners who opt for PP will receive a decision in 15 days as opposed to 4-9 months.

Overall, we handled all aspects of communication with the USCIS, leaving our client time to focus on his research in the field of molecular biology. We congratulate him on receiving a highly sought after EB1A approval, and we wish him well as he embarks on the final leg of the green card journey: the I-485 application.



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