Success Stories: Engineer in California with 133 Citations to His Electrical Engineering Research Obtains an EB-1A Petition Approval without RFE


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On June 30th, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Senior Staff Process Development Engineer in the Field of Electrical Engineering (Approval Notice).


General Field: Electrical Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Engineer

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: California

Approval Notice Date: June 30th, 2016

Processing Time: 17 Days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

North America Immigration Law Group ( was hired by a Chinese engineer to file two I-140 petitions on his behalf: EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver). At the time of writing, our client had already received his EB-1A petition approval and was waiting for the USCIS to take action on his EB-2 NIW petition. Filing two petitions is not unusual as it increases one’s chances of securing an approval. In this case, we are very pleased that our client received an EB-1A approval as it allows him to file an I-485 application without waiting several years for his priority date to become current.

Obtaining an EB-1A petition approval:

As EB-1A is upheld by a very high standard of law, not everyone possesses the credentials to file an I-140 under this visa category. Our client is undoubtedly the cream of the crop in his field of electrical engineering and our job was to prove it to the USCIS. These are some of the points that we focused on in preparing his EB-1A petition packet:

  1. We noted his citation count, which at the time of filing stood at 133 citations. According to one of our client’s peers who contributed a recommendation letter to support his EB-1A petition: “ [Client’s] ability to complete and document research that serves as a preliminary booster to the scientific endeavors of our peers marks him not only as a talented researcher, but as one who is influential to his peers as well. […] It is beyond evident that his presence in both the field and the United States is drastically important to continued optimization and development of semiconductor technologies.”
  2. Our client’s petition packet also contained data on the three dozen times he judged the work of his peers for various scientific journals, proving that his opinions are highly respected by the scientific community.
  3. We also listed the 19 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and 2 conference proceedings papers to his name.
  4. As we needed to prove to the USCIS that our client is an asset to the nation, we had to document his research on semiconductor devices. Thanks to the research summary that our client provided us, we concluded that his work enhances our understanding of how to improve the performance of the optoelectronic and microelectronic devices.

Overall, the USCIS only spent 17 days adjudicating our client’s petition before granting their approval. The accelerated timeline is largely thanks to Premium Processing (PP)—an add-on service that our client opted for 9 days after his case was initially filed. Just 8 days after his EB-1A was upgraded to PP, he received news that his case had been approved. We congratulate our client on this joyous occasion and wish him the best with the final step of the green card process: filing an I-485 application.

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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