Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Approved in 2 Weeks for Texas-based Postdoctoral Research Associate with 137 Citations in the Field of Petroleum Engineering (PP Requested, No RFE)


Client’s Testimonial:

“Thank you for the messages […] informing that my I-140 has been approved. […] will certainly refer you to my friends.”

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


General Field: Petroleum Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Country of Origin: India

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Texas

Approval Notice Date: August 22nd, 2016

Processing Time: 14 Days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

Exactly two weeks after we filed an EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition in the name of a postdoctoral research associate from India, the USCIS took action on his case and granted their approval. Our client, an expert immersed in the field of petroleum engineering, has churned out research results that have proven to be significant for the United States. As an example, his investigations on crude oil component address some of our nation’s most pressing issues in understanding the behavior of crude oil components, which leads to more efficient extraction of petroleum, a critical non-renewable resource that has an impact on the national economy, transportation, and the environment.

Premium Processing (PP):

The reason our client’s EB-1A petition was adjudicated so quickly was because he elected to file it under PP. This is an additional service offered by the USCIS that allows petitioners to have action taken on their cases within 15 calendar days. By paying an extra $1,225 and submitting an I-907 form, our client enjoyed the luxury of having his case processed in just 14 days. Despite the hefty price tag, PP is an excellent option for petitioners who cannot, or do not want to, wait the 4-9 months that it usually takes the USCIS to process I-140 petitions. The fact that the USCIS did not issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) was another feather in our cap.

Deciding what goes into the EB-1A petition packet:

North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) is skilled at putting together strong petition packets for our clients and this case was no different. We carefully accounted for our client’s research projects and their many impactful outcomes. For instance, we noted his 10 published articles, the 138 times his work was cited, and the two dozen times he performed peer reviews for various scientific journals. We also strengthened the case by incorporating recommendation letters volunteered by six other recognized petroleum engineers. One of these recommenders had this to say about our client’s extraordinary work: “The utility of [Client’s] work to the American oil industry reasserts his place at the top of chemical engineering and oil and gas research.”

Chasing green card success:

Not long after our client received notification of EB-1A approval, he retained our I-485 services to help him and his wife adjust their status for permanent residence. We thank them for placing their complete trust in us to guide them through the green card maze, and we look forward to helping them obtain their green cards.   

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