Success Stories: USCIS Speedily Approves EB-1A Petition for Research Scientist in Massachusetts in the Field of Physics


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On March 14th, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Research Scientist in the Field of Research Scientist (Approval Notice).


General Field: Physics

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Scientist

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Massachusetts

Approval Notice Date: March 14th, 2016

Processing Time: 10 Days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

Not long after we filed an EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition on our client’s behalf, we received an approval notice from Texas Service Center. The reason they adjudicated this case so quickly was because our client elected to file it under Premium Processing (PP)—cases filed under PP have to be processed within 15 days. Although it costs $1,225 more, petitioners do not have to wait between 4-9 months for the USCIS to make a decision on their petition.

Client’s Credentials:

Our main task was to present our client as a capable and outstanding physicist to the USCIS, and the only way to do so was to gather as much favorable information as we could on his professional and scholarly achievements. Our years of experience putting together strong EB-1A petitions taught us that the USCIS is particularly impressed by numbers. Thus, we used Google Scholar to determine our client’s citation count: an impressive 577 citations at the time of filing. We also listed his 13 publications and the 17 times he contributed his insights to other researchers in his field of physics via peer reviews.

To bolster our EB1A petition, we urged our client to contact other influential researchers in his field for recommendation letters. These letters supported our argument that our client’s research on optical spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance advances our understanding of light and material interactions and technologies of hydrocarbon exploration in a more efficient and eco-friendly manner. This in turn benefits various American industries. One of our client’s recommenders, a prominent professor, stated this: “[Client’s] work provides an essential pillar of the semiconductor industry, informing those who make decisions for the nation about the use of communication devices and their applications in different sectors in the United States. Scientists and researchers alike depend on [Client] and his admirable research, and to disallow him from continuing his work here would be a great disservice to the country.”

Case Approval:

We would like to congratulate our client for overcoming this significant hurdle in the complex green card process. Now all that is left is the I-485 application. Once the USCIS approves his application, our client will become a permanent resident. We wish him the best with this and thank him for working with our law firm.



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