Success Stories: A Chinese Postdoctoral Fellow in Pennsylvania in the Field of Cell Biology Obtains EB-1A Petition Approval Just 9 Days after Filing


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On February 22nd, 2017, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Field of Cell Biology (Approval Notice).


General Field: Cell Biology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Fellow

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Pennsylvania

Approval Notice Date: February 22nd, 2017

Processing Time: 9 days (Premium Processing)

Case Summary:

The experienced team at North America Immigration Law Group ( successfully helped a postdoctoral fellow navigate the challenging process of obtaining EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition approval. The brief adjudication time of 9 days was the result of Premium Processing (PP), an option offered by the USCIS whereby the processing time is significantly reduced and petitioners need not wait longer than 15 days for action to be taken on their cases (the average timeline is between 4-9 months).

We commenced the process of preparing our client’s EB-1A petition package by carefully assessing his notable credentials. The doctoral degree he had attained from a top university in his birth country of China coupled with his extensive experience and expertise in the field of cell biology highlighted his value to the United States. We further demonstrated that our client’s specialized research in oncology and metastasis plays an important role in developing novel treatment methods for the most aggressive strains of cancer. We also proved to the USCIS that his work helps the US harness the spread of this life-threatening disease. Besides detailing our client’s research efforts, we also noted the following in his petition packet:

  1. Our client’s publication record of 22 peer-reviewed scientific articles and his citation count of 143 citations at the time of filing established him as a frontrunner in the domain of cell biology.
  2. One of the highlights of his EB-1A petition was the outstanding 150 reviews he had conducted over the span of his research career. Since only top-level experts in their field are invited to assess the work of others, this was an accomplishment which the USCIS could not ignore.
  3. We also incorporated 6 recommendation lettersinto our client’s EB-1Apetition packet to establish him as a leader in the field of cell biology. These letters were contributed by other influential experts in the field. One such letter stated: “As is often the case with this type of research, the impact of [Client’s] contributions extends far beyond the scholastic sphere into clinical therapeutics, drug development, medical diagnostics and related areas, all of which benefit immensely from the research set forth by [Client].” These words of appreciation played a role in setting the tide in favor of our client and convinced the USCIS that his continued presence in the United States benefits the nation as a whole.

We congratulate our client for securing a highly sought-after EB-1A approval notice and we wish him the best as he continues to progress the field of cell biology in the US. We also assure him of our unwavering support as we work diligently on his I-485 application (the final step in the green card process).

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