Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Approved (Without RFE) within 8 days of Filing for Iranian Postdoctoral Associate in the Field of Zoology


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On September 14th, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Associate in the Field of Zoology (Approval Notice).


General Field: Zoology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Associate

Country of Origin: Iran

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Florida

Approval Notice Date: September 14th, 2016

Processing Time: 8 days (Premium Processing requested)

Case Summary:

An Iranian postdoctoral fellow with an accomplished career in the field of zoology approached North America Immigration Law Group ( for help with his EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition. We carefully reviewed his credentials to determine his suitability for this stringent visa category. After assessing his exemplary achievements and strong background in zoological sciences, we were confident that he was a suitable candidate for EB-1A.

Our client’s specialized research efforts on the genetics, environment, and diversification patterns of organisms—including a specific crustacean and honey bees—are unique and unparalleled. His work is clearly of intrinsic merit to the realm of science and proved that he deserved to be granted permanent residency in the United States.

We commenced the process of building an EB-1A case for our client by collecting useful information pertaining to his impressive accomplishments in the field of zoology. First and foremost, the 23 peer-reviewed scientific articles published in some of the most prestigious, high impact journals in his field were highlighted. A notable 343 citations of his work by independent and leading researchers from prestigious institutions and organizations around the world also provided us with ample evidence of the significance of his work. Furthermore, the fact that our client had conducted 12 peer reviews for high-impact journals coupled with his role as an editorial board member of 3 leading journals served as additional confirmation of his high ranking in the field.

Our client’s EB-1A petition was further strengthened by the presentation of recommendation letters signed by other influential members of the scientific community. These 6 letters were contributed by experts in the field of zoology and they attested to the importance and significance of our client’s contributions. According to one of these letters, “[Client] is a scholar of considerable knowledge and a source of guidance among his peers, and our picture of biological diversity has been tremendously augmented by his studies of phylogeography. These strong recommendations undoubtedly aided the rapid processing of our client’s case.

Our client’s decision to file his EB1A case under Premium Processing ensured that approval was granted in just 8 days— it is noteworthy that the USCIS did not issue a Request for Evidence (RFE). We are elated that our client secured a highly sought-after EB1A approval and we would like to congratulate him on his success. Additionally, we wish him the very best in his future endeavors in the field of zoology.

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