Success Stories: EB1A Approval for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of Crop Science in 7 weeks

On July 23rd, 2013 we received another EB1-A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) Approval for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of Crop Science (Approval Notice)

General Field: Crop Science
Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Country of Origin:  India
Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)
State Residing at the Time of Filing:  Arkansas
Approval Notice Date: July 23, 2013
Processing Time:  7 weeks

Case Summary:

The average processing time for I-140 cases is 4-6 months. But on many occasions, we have cases approved far faster than the average processing time.

The client in this case was a postdoctoral research associate in the field of crop science. His work had primarily focused on applying bioinformatics technologies to sequence and study the genes of important crops, such as rice, as well as pathogens that affect crops, such as Fusarium virguliforme, which is a fungus that can cause sudden death syndrome in soybeans. His work had resulted in at least 9 peer-reviewed scientific articles. His publications had garnered at least 128 citations at the time his case was filed, clearly demonstrating that he had influenced his field and garnered international acclaim.  In addition, various experts and editors had consistently requested our client’s expertise in service as a regional editor or editorial board member for five journals related to the field of crop science. Of his accomplishments, one of his independent recommenders remarked, “It is vital for the continued health of the agriculture sector of the economy as well as for the health of the natural environment of the country that we better understand how this land functions in larger patterns of carbon cycling. [Client] has played a very important role in creating increased understanding in this area that has led and will continue to lead to better monitoring and management of the carbon that exists in our agricultural ecosystems.” It was our goal to prove that our client qualified for classification as an Alien of Extraordinary Ability given that he sought to remain in the United States to continue work in the area of crop science, and that his continued research would substantially and prospectively benefit the United States. With the proof and documentation that we provided, his case was approved in just 7 weeks.


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