Success Stories: Expeditious EB-1A Approval for a Chinese Assistant Professor of Finance with 121 Citations (With PP, No RFE)


Client’s Testimonial:

“Thanks a lot!!”

On May 16th, 2017, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for an Assistant Professor in the Field of Finance (Approval Notice).


General Field: Finance

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Assistant Professor

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Outside the US

Approval Notice Date: May 16th, 2017

Processing Time: 12 days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

A China-based assistant professor of finance, who holds a doctoral degree obtained from a prominent American university, contacted North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) when he and his spouse decided that they wanted to secure US permanent residency. We started off by evaluating our client’s credentials to determine if he was suitably qualified for EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability). After a thorough assessment of his research and educational profile, we countersigned the retainer agreement and also noted the following points to be included in his EB1A dossier:

  1. Publication Record: At the time of filing, our client had already published 10 peer reviewed scientific articles in prominent scientific journals.
  2. Citation Count: We verified and confirmed that our client’s work had collected 121 citations when we filed his case.
  3. Peer-review experience: With the help of relevant documents, we were able to prove to the USCIS that our client had been invited to judge the work of his peers at least 13 times. This supports our argument that our client is a leading expert in the field of finance.
  4. Research Contributions: In order to strengthen our client’s EB1A case, we highlighted the various ways in which our client’s research benefits the United States. We emphasized his research and explained how it helps in the arena of American finance. We intended to prove to the USCIS that the applications of methodologies adopted by our client can lead to significant progress in a variety of areas such as investment, inflation, and risk management in the US.

Besides the key points mentioned above, we encouraged our client to collect recommendation letters from other financial experts. Among the 6 recommendation letters that were collected, the words of an associate professor are especially noteworthy: “[Client’s] personal commitment to excellence has understandably lifted him to the uppermost position in the research community.” So were the impactful words contributed by another professor: “So renowned is [Client] and his research, in fact, that he is among the most prominent researchers in the field.” Collectively, these 6 letters strongly supported our client’s authority in his chosen field of financial research.

Our client chose to file the prepared EB1A dossier with Premium Processing (PP). PP is a paid option offered by the USCIS whereby select petitioners willing to pay an additional $1,225 will have action taken on their cases within 15 days instead of 4-9 months. Sure enough, our client received notification of case approval in 12 days. We congratulate our client for securing EB1A approval, and we are pleased that he also entrusted us with the responsibility of filing I-485 applications for himself and his spouse. We guarantee them our continued support and look forward to helping them secure US permanent residence.


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