Success Stories: We Helped a Staff Scientist in the Field of Biophysics Secure O1-A and NIW Approval with Our Unique Petition Packet


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“Thanks for your hardwork on this petition.”

On February 4th and March 18th, 2020, we received another O1-A (Individual with extraordinary ability or achievement) and NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Staff Scientist in the Field of Biophysics(Approval Notice).

General Field: Biophysics

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Staff Scientist

Country of Origin: India

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: California

Approval Notice Date: February 4th (O1-A) and March 18th, 2020 (NIW)

Processing Time: 4 months, 15 days (O1-A, PP requested) and 10 months 24 days (NIW)

Case Summary:

A staff scientist from India hired North America Immigration Law Group ( to build a customized NIW petition for her. Once we carefully examined her credentials, we were assured that our client had the right set of qualifications to be considered for both NIW and O1-A petitions. To qualify for an O-1 visa, the beneficiary must demonstrate extraordinary ability by sustained national or international acclaim and must be temporarily in the United States to continue work in the area of extraordinary ability. As O1-A is an employer-sponsored visa category, our client could not self-petition and needed her employer’s full support before hiring us. Once we received confirmation from our client and her employer, our team went on to build a strong case for her.

Her NIW case was approved by USCIS in 10 months and 24 days. The reason it took longer than expected is because her petition was issued an RFE (Request For Evidence), to which we responded promptly and successfully dealt with the hurdles.

Perhaps the most important element of both petitions had to do with our client’s research. We carefully reviewed her research summary and detailed her work on understanding protein-protein, protein-lipid, and protein-nucleic acid interactions. We demonstrated to the USCIS that our client’s work in this area is of great importance because of the public health burden of cancer on the global scale. Her work with techniques such as single-molecule microscopy enhances the goal of reducing the incidence and lethality of cancer diagnoses and improving the quality of life of those diagnosed with the disease

Apart from completing successful research in the field, our client has also published 10 peer-reviewed journal articles (three of them first-authored and 1 of them co-first authored) that collected 218 citations by the time when we were ready to file her case; thereby demonstrating that these publications are widely recognized and relied upon in the field of biophysics. She has also conducted 25 reviews for distinguished journals and conferences. The fact that her papers being published in the top journals and that her peers leveraged her research demonstrated that our client’s work is widely recognized and relied upon in the field

4 letters of recommendation were included into the petition packet in support of our client’s case. One of the recommenders stated: “In the United States, at least 2 million people acquire antibiotic-resistant infections annually. Combatting this threat to public health both in the United States and worldwide is a major priority. This need for additional research on new anti-bacterial therapies necessitates the continued efforts of [client]”

We congratulate our client for obtaining not one, but two approval notices, and we thank her for choosing North America Immigration Group (NAILG) to represent her NIW and O1-A petitions. We wish her the best as she continues her valuable work here in the United States.

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