Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Approved in 25 Days for Assistant Project Scientist from India in the Field of Structural Biology


Client’s Testimonial:

“This is awesome news! Thank you so much for your great service! I would definitely recommend your firm to my colleagues and friends.”

On March 4th, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for an Assistant Project Scientist in the Field of Structural Biology (Approval Notice).


General Field: Structural Biology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Assistant Project Scientist

Country of Origin: India

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: California

Approval Notice Date: March 4th, 2016

Processing Time: 25 Days (Premium Processing Requested)


Case Summary:

Thanks to Premium Processing (PP), our client only waited 25 days for an approval notice. She initially chose to file her EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) case using regular service but decided to upgrade it to PP a little over two weeks after North America Immigration Law Group ( filed it on her behalf. 10 days after she upgraded her case, she received a response from Nebraska Service Center informing her that her EB1A petition had been approved.

Ensuring Case Approval:

Multiple factors come into play when the USCIS determines whether to approve an EB1A case. Although every case varies according to the petitioner’s credentials and the adjudicating officer, we have determined several general elements of a successful petition:

  1. Citation & Publication Record: In this case, our client’s 9 publications had gathered nearly 200 citations. We used these figures to demonstrate the significance of our client’s professional observations to other researchers in her field of structural biology.
  2. Peer Review Experience: At the time of filing, our client had conducted 3 peer reviews for acclaimed journals. This illustrates her respected standing in the field.
  3. Outstanding Research: We convinced the USCIS that our client’s work on characterizing the protein complexes involved in autophagy is essential to the United States, particularly its medical sector.
  4. External Support: Gathering third party support is crucial as it clearly expresses the significance of our client’s work to other influential researchers in the field. The six letters that our client managed to obtain were contributed by expert structural biologists and included in our well-worded EB-1A petition dossier. Here are quotes extracted from a couple of these letters:

 “As evidenced by her original contributions, established reputation, and influence, [Client’s] continued participation is of critical importance to further advancement within the field of autophagy and cell biology. Her work has provided many other researchers with the knowledge to conduct independent research. She has therefore indisputably contributed enormous strides to the study of autophagy.”

“… Therefore, continued research of these disorders, including research of autophagy, has staggering social and implications. [Client] has presented us with some of the most crucial advances in the field, and her continued participation is therefore indispensable.”

We are pleased that the combination of our client’s favorable credentials and our diligent efforts paved the way for case approval. Upon approval of her EB-1A petition, our client decided to retain our services to help her with the final step of the green card process. We recently filed an I-485 application on her behalf and look forward to receiving good news from the USCIS.



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