Success Stories: O1-A Approval for a Lead Chemist/Researcher in Washington in the Field of Environmental Engineering

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On December 5th, 2014, We Received an O1-A (Individual with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement) Approval for a Lead Chemist/Researcher in Washington in the Field of Environmental Engineering

General Field: Environmental Engineering

Petitioner: A Private Company

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Lead Chemist/Researcher

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: California Service Center (CSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Washington

Approval Notice Date: December 5th, 2014

Processing Time: 18 Days


Case Summary:

Similar to EB1-A cases, O1-A cases require that beneficiaries demonstrate that they meet at least three of the regulatory criteria set forth by the USCIS, that they have achieved sustained national or international acclaim, and that the petitioner seeks to employ the beneficiary to continue his or her work in the field of endeavor in the United States.

This specific client is a Lead Chemist/Researcher from China in the field of Environmental Engineering. His work has focused specifically on the design, development, evaluation, and commercialization of enabling technologies for renewable energy production, including bio-hydrogen and biogas production, biogas purification, and nutrient recovery from waste materials. His research has resulted in at least 21 peer-reviewed articles published in leading and international journals, 8 patents, and numerous national and international conference presentations. His scientific articles have been cited at least 409 times by researchers around the globe. He has also been invited to review over 13 papers submitted to prestigious international journals and conferences.His superior level of expertise was confirmed in the following quote from a recommender, “His studies have led to practical solutions to the challenges facing waste-management, as well as creating a foundation for continued research on different waste substances. The data he has collected enables this line of research to perpetuate, which is essential to the fundamental mission of Environmental Engineering to promote the well-being of the environment for safely sustaining human and animal life.” In this case, we were able to prove that our client had satisfied the criteria to qualify as an individual of extraordinary ability, had risen to the top of his field of endeavor, had sustained national or international acclaim, and that he sought to enter the United States to continue his outstanding research work in the field of endeavor and for a qualified petitioner.


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