Success Stories: We Helped a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Field of Plant Genetics Secure NIW and EB-1A Approval


Client’s Testimonial:

“I really appreciate your kind help on my case preparation. ”

On May 11th, 2020 and September 18th, 2020, we received another NIW (National Interest Waiver) and EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Field of Plant Genetics (Approval Notice).

General Field: Plant Genetics

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Country of Origin: China

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: North Carolina

Approval Notice Date: May 11th, 2020 (NIW) and September 18th, 2020 (EB-1A)

Processing Time: 9 months, 13 days (NIW) and 1 year, 4 months (EB-1A)

Case Summary:

A postdoctoral research associate from China hired North America Immigration Law Group ( to build a customized EB-1A petition for him. Once we carefully examined his credentials, we were assured that our client had the right set of qualifications to be considered for both EB-1A and NIW petitions.

Perhaps the most important element of both petitions had to do with our client’s research. We carefully reviewed his research summary and detailed his work on identifying the underlying molecular mechanisms of plant tolerance to environmental stresses, such as drought, salinity, and freezing. We demonstrated to the USCIS that our client’s work in this area is of great importance because it facilitates increased productivity in agriculture and agriculture is responsible for a substantial portion of the economy worldwide. His research addresses some of our nation’s most pressing issues in understanding the genetic factors involved in plant responses to environmental stresses.

Apart from completing successful research in the field, our client has also published 18 peer-reviewed scientific articles (9 of them first- or co-first-authored) that collected 269 citations by the time when we were ready to file his case; thereby demonstrating that these publications are widely recognized and relied upon in the field of plant genetics. He has also conducted 20 reviews for distinguished journals and conferences. The fact that his papers being published in the top journals and that his peers leveraged his research demonstrated that our client’s work is widely recognized and relied upon in his field.

5 letters of recommendation were included into the petition packet in support of our client’s case. One of the recommenders stated:

“Therefore, [client’s] work on improving plant survival rates is highly significant. His research specifies the genes that respond to environmental stresses, including drought and high salt levels. Through his investigation of the genes behind stress response, [client] identifies the key genes with the ability to increase plant tolerance to water scarcity, salinity, and fluctuating temperatures. ”

We congratulate our client for obtaining not one, but two approval notices, and we thank him for choosing North America Immigration Group (NAILG) to represent his EB-1A and NIW petitions. We wish him the best as he continues his valuable work here in the United States.

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