Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Approved in a Short Span of 10 days for a Chinese Associate Research Scientist in the Field of Visual Neuroscience (with 119 Citations)


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On May 25th, 2017, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for an Associate Research Scientist in the Field of Visual Neuroscience (Approval Notice).


General Field: Visual Neuroscience

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Associate Research Scientist

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Connecticut

Approval Notice Date: May 25th, 2017

Processing Time: 10 days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

A significant need for cutting-edge visual system research in the United States has compelled the USCIS to approve the EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition of our client –– a China-born associate research scientist specializing in visual neuroscience. It is noteworthy that our client has conducted groundbreaking research in expounding physiology, organization, function and development of neural circuits in the retina. His work has led to a deeper understanding of visual information processing under normal and pathological conditions, such as glaucoma.

In our EB1A presentation to the USCIS, we made it clear that our client’s continued presence in the United States benefits the American scientific community in terms of developing novel solutions for visual diseases. These are some of the other points included in our client’s EB1A petition:

– His publication record and citation count were meticulously presented. They comprised of 6 peer-reviewed scientific articles published in high impact journals and a total citation number of 119 at the time of filing. Moreover, his role as a reviewer of the work of other researchers elevated his standing amongst his peers. When we filed his case, our client had already conducted 16 reviews for five top-tier journals. These achievements reflected the expertise and extensive experience our client had gained in the field of visual neuroscience.

– Six recommendation letters endorsing our client’s contributions were sourced from other neuroscience experts. This is a statement made by one of them: “[Client’s] various achievements attest to the importance of his research in ophthalmology, thus confirming his position at the forefront of his field. It is clear that [Client’s] continued presence in the United States is of vital importance to his scientific field and to the nation.” These letters unanimously approved our client’s candidature and suitability for the EB1A category.

After assembling a well-structured EB1A petition, we filed it with Premium Processing (PP), which ensured swift adjudication within 15 calendar days instead of the usual 4 to 9 months. In this case, our client received EB1A approval within 10 days. We are overjoyed at this successful outcome and wish him a prosperous future here in the United States as he continues to progress the field of visual neuroscience.


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