Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Approved for Research Scientist from China with 50 Citations in the Field of Applied Semiconductor Engineering (No RFE Issued)


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On August 22nd, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Research Scientist in the Field of Applied Semiconductor Engineering (Approval Notice).


General Field: Applied Semiconductor Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Scientist

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Illinois

Approval Notice Date: August 22nd, 2016

Processing Time: 7 months, 24 days

Case Summary:

North America Immigration Law Group ( was hired by a prominent research scientist from China to file two I-140 petitions on his behalf: an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) and an EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability). He chose to file the EB-2 NIW petition first and once it was approved, his EB-1A. Our client’s approved EB-1A petition allowed him to move forward with the final step of the green card process (filing an I-485 application) without waiting several years for his priority date to become current.

What role did our law firm play in the process?

As the attorney-on-record, we were tasked with a myriad of responsibilities. From building two strong cases for our client to communicating with the USCIS on all related matters, we did it all. When it came to the EB-1A petition packet, these are some of the key points that we chose to focus on:

  1. We spared no expense when it came to detailing our client’s impressive portfolio of research projects. Thanks to the comprehensive research summary that he provided us, we learned that his investigations are focused on Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology, which is important for diversifying the functions of microchips, and integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing technology, which is critical to continue shrinking device size and improving performance for microchips. We demonstrated to the USCIS that our client’s findings improve American semiconductor technology, which is vital for advancements in information technology.
  2. We needed to prove that our client’s work impacts not just the semiconductor industry in the US, but also the work of other applied semiconductor engineers around the world. Amongst other things, we noted his 4 publications, the 50 times his work was cited at the time of filing, and the 8 times he conducted peer reviews for 3 scientific journals.
  3. To further fortify our client’s EB-1A petition, we incorporated recommendation letters which our client obtained from six other influential members working in the field. According to one of them (a well-known professor), without our client’s work, “… the United States can expect to see delays in future progress, as he is a significant contributor to this line of work. I am a strong proponent of [Client’s] research, and look forward to the work that he will complete in the coming months and years.

We congratulate our client for obtaining an EB-1A petition approval less than 8 months after the case was filed. On top of that, the USCIS did not issue a Request for Evidence (RFE), which would have lengthened the overall timeline. We wish our client the best with his continued research efforts and thank him for choosing our law firm to represent both his EB-1A and EB-2 NIW petitions.

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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