Success Stories: Premium Processing Leads to EB-1A Petition Approval in 11 Days for Research Staff Member from India in the Field of Machine Learning


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On March 29th, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Research Staff Member in the Field of Machine Learning (Approval Notice).


General Field: Machine Learning

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Staff Member

Country of Origin: India

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: New York

Approval Notice Date: March 29th, 2016

Processing Time: 11 Days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

With a doctoral degree and extensive experience working in the field of machine learning, our client seemed to be a perfect candidate for EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability). Even so, we carefully evaluated his credentials before initiating the contract. As it turned out, we were right, and as soon as an attorney-client relationship arose, we got to work putting together a convincing EB-1A petition on our client’s behalf.

Here are some of the things our client’s petition dossier contained:

  1. Citation Count, Publication Record & Peer Review Experience: We elaborated on our client’s 16 published papers, the 41 peer reviews he had conducted for various high impact scientific journals and conferences, and the 769 citations gathered from his work.
  2. Research Ventures: Our client’s research projects on computer learning at multiple levels were used to prove to the USCIS that he is fully qualified to conduct outstanding research in the field. We demonstrated that his findings have improved biomedical imaging and social media monitoring in the United States.
  3. Recommendation Letters: To support our argument that our client’s EB-1A petition deserved to be approved, we asked him to reach out to other machine learning experts and ask them to sign recommendation letters that attested to the value of his work. Four of his peers agreed to lend their support, one of whom stated that “In total, [Client] is a phenomenal researcher. He is pioneering new ways of understanding data. This research has earned him international repute because of the degree to which it impacts the study of various problems in machine learning. Nationally and internationally, [Client] is one of the best researchers currently working in machine learning.”

Premium Processing (PP):

Thanks to PP, our client’s case was adjudicated in just 11 days. PP is a paid option offered by the USCIS—by paying an additional $1,225, petitioners can enjoy accelerated adjudication and the USCIS will make a decision on their petition within 15 days instead of the usual 4-9 months. We congratulate our client for obtaining an EB-1A petition approval and look forward to helping him and his spouse with the final step in the green card journey: the I-485 application. Once we gather everything we need, we will submit their applications to the USCIS and await a favorable decision.



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