Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Approved in 17 Days for Postdoctoral Research Associate in Illinois in the Field of Neuroimmunology (PP Upgrade, No RFE)


Client’s Testimonial:


On September 29th, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Field of Neuroimmunology (Approval Notice).


General Field: Neuroimmunology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Country of Origin: India

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Illinois

Approval Notice Date: September 29th, 2016

Processing Time: 17 Days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

Not long ago, a postdoctoral research associate from India hired North America Immigration Law Group ( to file an EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition on his behalf. Thanks to Premium Processing (PP), our client only waited a total of 17 days before he received notification of case approval.

What is PP?

PP is an add-on option offered by the USCIS. It allows petitioners to have action taken on their cases within 15 calendar days. All they have to do is submit an I-907 form and pay the USCIS an additional $1,225 to trim down the overall timeline in the lengthy green card process.

What did the EB1A petition contain?

As EB-1A is upheld by a very high standard of law, it is no secret that obtaining petition approval is easier said than done. Our job was to convince the USCIS that our client’s work is important to the United States and that halting his research in the country would be detrimental to the nation. We did this by focusing on our client’s investigations in the field of neuroimmunology. After carefully accounting for our client’s research, we concluded that his findings on the role of inflammation in diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) advance the medical community’s understanding of the progression and treatment of these and other diseases of the central nervous system.

We also noted our client’s various professional accomplishments. For instance, we detailed the 138 citations to his work, the 15 times he conducted peer reviews for scientific journals, and the 12 publications to his name. To further fortify his EB-1A petition, we incorporated recommendation letters signed by other experts in the field. From a professor in China to a CEO in the US, our client’s recommenders are some of the top minds in the field and their support undoubtedly lent a hand in case approval. This is what one of them had to say about our client’s work: “His continued work is advancing the application of this work in human transplant recipients. In order for the United States to implement this proposal and realize its benefits, [Client’s] work must be supported at all costs.”

We congratulate our client for securing an EB-1A petition approval, and we thank him for retaining our I-485 services to help him and his spouse adjust their status for permanent residence.

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