Success Stories: Premium Processing Allows Immunology Postdoctoral Associate in Massachusetts to Receive EB-1A Petition Approval in 10 Days


Client’s Testimonial:

“I am so happy for the great news. Thank you so much for your help and efforts during the preparing of my I-140. I really appreciate it.”

On April 7th, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Associate in the Field of Immunology (Approval Notice).

General Field: Immunology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Associate

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Massachusetts

Approval Notice Date: April 7th, 2016

Processing Time: 10 Days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

Just 10 days after North America Immigration Law Group ( filed an I-140 petition under Premium Processing (PP), our client (a postdoctoral associate from China) received notification of petition approval. PP is an option that allows petitioners from certain visa categories to enjoy accelerated adjudication—they can expect the USCIS to take action on their case within 15 days as opposed to 4-9 months.

Our client was referred to our firm by a former client of ours, and he was very well aware of our excellent services and approval rates. When he contacted us, he knew that he wanted to file his I-140 petition under EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and after evaluating his credentials, we confirmed that this was the best option for him. As EB-1A has a high standard of law, we had to prove to the USCIS that our client is an asset to the nation and that he cannot be easily replaced. We started off by documenting the 302 citations gathered from his 8 published articles, and the 9 times he judged the work of his peers. We also reviewed his studies on specific genes that regulate plant and animal immune response, selected several representative applications that were based on his studies by other researchers around the world, and built a strong case that argued the validity of his work to the entire field of immunology.

Supporting Documents:

Our diligent efforts also included helping our client narrow down a list of specialists in the field who could support his EB-1A case. We made sure that the shortlisted experts had either worked with our client (such as a dependent specialist who is currently supervising his studies) or are independent specialists who are familiar with his research (such as those who had built up their studies based on our client’s work). We then urged our client to contact these experts for recommendation letters. To our delight, our client persuaded five experts to lend their supports, one of whom signed a letter stating that “These accomplishments distinguish [Client] as an indispensable asset to the field of plant and human immune response research, and confirm the necessity of retaining his abilities. I therefore fully support [Client’s] application for permanent residency.” Besides these recommendation letters, part of the petition packet was also composed of a copy of our client’s Ph.D. in Biotechnology and academic transcripts.

Story of Success:

We are pleased that our thorough efforts led to yet another story of success for our law firm. Our client is now significantly closer to a green card, and we wish him and his dependent(s) well as they embark on the final leg of the journey towards permanent residency: filing I-485 applications.



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