Success Stories: EB1-A Approval Made Possible for an Associate Professor in Medicinal Chemistry from China with 70 Peer Reviews Under His Belt


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On May 24th, 2022, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for an Associate Professor in the Field of Medicinal Chemistry (Approval Notice).

General Field: Medicinal Chemistry

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Associate Professor

Country of Origin: China

Country of Residence at the Time of Filing: China

Approval Notice Date: May 24th, 2022

Processing Time: 2 months, 10 days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

The EB1-A or Alien of Extraordinary Ability is designed for those foreign nationals who want to immigrate to the United States and have some extraordinary ability in a chosen field of study. So when a client from China approached us for his EB1-A application we checked his academic and professional documents to find evidence of his extraordinary contributions to the field of medicinal chemistry. During this process, we found the following:

  • He is one of the few leading drug discovery and optimization experts in medicinal chemistry, and he has achieved a consistent and notable record of success and influence in this area of study.
  • He has spent several years investigating issues related to drug discovery and optimization and is regarded as an authority in the field. The field has recognized his authority by inviting him to review and evaluate the work of his peers no fewer than 70 times.
  • In addition to directly advancing drug discovery and optimization through his original research and peer review service, he has actively engaged his peers in the field of medicinal chemistry by authoring and co-authoring 43 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 2 book chapters, 6 patents, and 1 patent application.
  • Not only this but his discoveries have also gone on to influence his peers. That is, these publications have been cited 362 times by researchers in at least 35 countries according to Google Scholar.
  • It is clear not only that the client is conducting important original research, but that his work is also considered majorly significant by the editors of the top journals in the field.
  • Finally, his work has also found support in letters of recommendation written by other experts who had been following the trajectory of his research. One such scholar wrote the following for him:

“[Client’s] research has already resulted in new drug discoveries to treat diabetes, cancer, and bacterial infections. He has also developed and designed new methodologies that are instrumental in research around drug developments for others with this same goal. Through [the client’s] research in medicinal chemistry, in addition to his extensive study on drug discovery, he has proven himself to be an irreplaceable asset within the American scientific community, and all reasonable effort must be made to retain this talented medicinal chemistry expert.”

So, even before his approval came through, we were already certain of his victory. And that is exactly how his case panned out. With help of the premium processing upgrade and letters of recommendation, the client’s petition received approval only 2 months and 10 days later. Our firm wishes him all the best in his future endeavors.

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