Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Approved for Research Assistant Professor from China with 160 Citations in the Field of Environmental Engineering


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“Thank you for your help in the past year on my case.”

On April 11th, 2017, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Research Assistant Professor in the Field of Environmental Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Environmental Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Assistant Professor

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Wisconsin

Approval Notice Date: April 11th, 2017

Processing Time: 29 Days (Premium Processing Upgrade Requested)

Case Summary:

A research assistant professor from China is now one step closer to a green card thanks to North America Immigration Law group ( We worked diligently to prepare and present a strong EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) case to the USCIS, and based on the approval notice received less a month later, we were successful in doing so. Amongst other things, these are some of the key points we included in the petition:

  1. We listed our client’s Ph.D. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and detailed the significance of his work in the field of environmental engineering. Further, we summarized his findings on the treatment of solid waste, wastewater, and gaseous pollutants, and proved that they address some of the US’ most important issues in understanding the benefits of reclamation and thermochemical conversion of solid wastes.
  2. Using Google Scholar, we confirmed that our client’s 15 publications had been cited a total of 160 times, which proved the significance of his research to other professionals who are also progressing the field.
  3. We listed the incredible 100 times our client had conducted peer reviews for a variety of well-known scientific journals. As only top-notch researchers are invited to assess the work of their peers, our client’s impressive peer review experience speaks volumes of his respected status as a leading environmental engineer.

In a bid to further strengthen our client’s EB1A petition, we counseled him to obtain recommendation letters from other experts in the field. He returned with six signed letters, one of which contained this statement: “By continuing to perform cutting-edge research in this area, [Client] is contributing meaningfully to a pressing need for sustainable waste disposal practices. Were his incomparable research to be discontinued, I firmly believe that the field would experience visible setbacks in its ongoing efforts to alleviate the ecological toll of industrial waste.”

As our client opted to upgrade his EB1A case to Premium Processing (PP) 16 days after it was filed, the USCIS was obliged to take action on it within 15 calendar days. To our delight, they approved our client’s case 13 days later, propelling him one step closer to a green card. We wish him the best as he files an I-485 application with the help of our DIY Packet.

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