Success Stories: Resident Physician in Connecticut with 120 Citations in the Field of Oncology Obtains NIW and EB-1A Petition Approvals 2 Weeks Apart


Client’s Testimonial:

“Thank you very much for your help with my EB1A I-140 approval!”

On September 2nd, 2016 and September 15th, 2016, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) and EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Resident Physician in the Field of Oncology (Approval Notice).


General Field: Oncology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Resident Physician

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Connecticut

Approval Notice Date: September 2nd, 2016 (NIW) and September 15th, 2016 (EB1A)

Processing Time: 30 Days (NIW) and 101 Days (EB1A, Premium Processing Requested, RFE)

Case Summary:

North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) is pleased to have helped a gifted resident physician from China obtain two I-140 petition approvals—EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) and EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability). Our client opted to file two petitions to increase the likelihood of securing an approval and he was fortunate enough to receive both approval notices just 13 days apart. With an M.D. and Ph.D. in Chemistry in the bag, our client is academically qualified to carry out impactful research in the field of oncology, which made him a suitable candidate for both visa categories.

Although EB-1A and NIW are upheld by different requirements, a significant amount of information included in our client’s two petition packets overlapped. Amongst other things, here are some of the key points that were used to strengthen both petitions:

  • We listed our client’s professional accomplishments such as the 120 citations gathered from his work, the 23 publications to his name, and the 54 times he conducted peer reviews for scientific journals.
  • In order to prove to the USCIS that our client deserved to have both his petitions approved, we had to account for his research in the field of oncology. After careful review, we determined that our client’s specialized research is focused on establishing prognostic models and biomarkers for various cancers, including glioma, lymphoma, and pancreatic cancer. We convinced the USCIS that our client’s findings contribute to medical research and the healthcare sector. Specifically, his biomarker research efforts are contributing to the United States’ approach to the treatment of cancer.
  • Both petition packets contained the same set of six recommendation letters contributed by our client’s peers. Not only did these letter briefly discuss our client’s research, they also verified just how important his work is to the country. This is what one of our client’s recommender said: “In light of [Client’s] many accomplishments and the consistency with which he is able to produce high-impact results, I feel it is guaranteed that his work will continue to benefit the United States and the international research community, given that he is not delayed in his pursuits.”

We are extremely pleased that our diligent efforts played a significant role in the approval of both petitions. Although our client’s journey to EB-1A petition approval was marred by a Request for Evidence (RFE), our efficient and effective response to it secured him an approval. Our client is now one step closer to his green card, and we congratulate him for coming this far. We recently helped him and his dependent prepare and file their I-485 applications. Once the USCIS approves their applications, they will receive their green cards. We wish our client the best with this.

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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