Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Approved in One Week for Postdoctoral Fellow in Virginia in the Field of Biomedical Science


Client’s Testimonial:

“This is great news! Congratulations to Ms. Victoria Chen and her team for the approval too.”

On March 4th, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Field of Biomedical Science (Approval Notice).


General Field: Biomedical Science

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Fellow

Country of Origin: India

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Virginia

Approval Notice Date: March 4th, 2016

Processing Time: 7 Days (Premium Processing Requested)


Case Summary:

With impressive credentials and broad experience in the field of biomedical sciences, a postdoctoral fellow from India qualified to file his I-140 petition under the EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) visa category. He contracted North America Immigration Law Group ( to help him put together a strong petition packet to convince the USCIS that he deserved to get one step closer to a green card. Thanks to his qualifications, our diligent efforts, and Premium Processing, our EB1A petition was approved in merely a week.

What is Premium Processing?

With an additional filing fee of $1,225, Premium Processing (PP) is an expedited service offered by the USCIS for certain visa categories. Petitioners can elect to file their case under PP if they are not willing (or not able) to wait 4-9 months for the USCIS to adjudicate their case. When it comes to PP, immigration officers have to take action within 15 business days, and this significantly shaves down the wait time from months to mere days.

What Makes a Strong EB-1A Case?

Several factors come into play when determining if one qualifies for EB-1A. In this case, our client met three out of the 10 requirements set in place by the USCIS:

  1. Authorship of Scholarly Articles: Our client had 29 peer-reviewed scientific articles to his name.
  2. Judge the Work of Others: When we filed the case, our client had conducted 20 peer reviews for multiple distinguished scientific journals.
  3. High Citation Count: Our client’s work had amassed 367 citations when we filed the case in February 2016, and we have no doubt that his citation count has increased since then.

What are Recommendation Letters?

As part of our services, we helped our client narrow down a list of potential recommenders and selected experts in the field whom he should contact for testimonials. We included the recommendation letters that he managed to obtain into our well-thought-out EB1A petition packet. These letters were furnished by other influential biomedical scientists and they focused on advocating the value of our client’s work on cancer research and pharmaceutical science. These letters helped us establish that our client’s investigations are of the utmost importance to the American healthcare system and overall public health. For instance, one of these letters stated, “[Client] is an outstanding researcher in the fields of anti-cancer drug development, virology, and pharmaceutical science, fundamental areas of study for the improvement of public health in the United States.”

What Next?

There are two consecutive steps to getting a green card: the I-140 petition and the I-485 application. Now that our client’s I-140 has been approved under the EB-1A category, he can move on to I-485, the final step towards permanent residency. Our firm is currently helping him and his spouse put together their I-485 applications, and we look forward to helping them attain their green cards.



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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With more than 16,000 EB-1A, EB-1B, EB-2 NIW and O-1 cases approved, we have first hand information on the manner in which the USCIS adjudicate I-140 cases. As the USCIS has constantly changed its adjudication standards for the EB-1A, EB-1B and EB-2 NIW categories, our firm's huge database of successful cases gives you unprecedented insight to USCIS adjudication trends. We carefully analyze the data for all of our cases and apply the results of our analyses toward giving our clients up-to-date advice and adapting our strategies such that we remain on par with the ever-shifting landscape of immigration law in the U.S. With us, you will always have access to important updates, strategies, and information so that you can make the most informed decisions about your case.

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