Success Stories: A Taiwanese Theoretical Physicist Received EB-1A Petition Approval and Will Undergo Immigration Visa Processing Outside the US


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“Thank you so much. Very clear instructions on document preparation. Always timely and accurate answers to my questions. Professional editing that translates my research highlights into a persuasive petition.”

On January 12th, 2017, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Field of Theoretical Physics (Approval Notice).


General Field: Theoretical Physics

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Researcher

Country of Origin: Taiwan

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Outside the US

Approval Notice Date: January 12th, 2017

Processing Time: 9 months, 24 days

Case Summary:

“[Client] has struck me as one of the most accomplished and creative researchers in our field. His repeated accounts of ingenuity serve as a veritable guarantee that he will continue to refine the theoretical proposals that shape the way in which scientists seek to explain the origins of the universe. […] Moreover, his willingness to challenge other researchers and push their theories to the brink serves to benefit the scientific community as a whole.”

The aforementioned recommendation by a distinguished professor is a befitting description of our client, a Taiwanese postdoctoral researcher specializing in the field of theoretical physics.

Our client, while residing outside the United States, sought assistance from our firm –– North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) –– to attain EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition approval. Our team evaluated his credentials to determine his suitability for EB1A, which is considered a very tough visa category. Once we were convinced of the merit of his credentials, we countersigned the retainer agreement.

Our client’s EB1A petition packet consisted of a well-detailed presentation of his achievements and accolades earned through his impressive research career. Some of the points we emphasized included:

– We enumerated our client’s publication record and citation count: 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles and a massive 626 citations. Using these impressive numbers, we established that our client is a prolific member of the scientific community with great influence over other researchers in his field of endeavor.

– We also highlighted that our client was a regular peer reviewer for a distinguished journal with very stringent publishing guidelines. At the time of filing, he had already conducted 21 peer reviews for this journal.

– Based on the detailed research summary which our client provided, we were able to understand the substantial contributions he has made to the field of theoretical physics and how it aids the American scientific community in comprehending highly advanced questions of cosmology and physics. Our client’s research has encouraged the development of applications for observation and elucidation of astral phenomena, and we explained the benefits of retaining him in the United States in a convincing and effective manner.

– Arguably, the most decisive pieces of evidence regarding our client’s extraordinary ability was presented through 4 recommendation letters proffered by other experts. They discussed the significance of our client’s work to the US and advocated for the approval of his case.

Our client’s EB1A petition was approved 9 months and 24 days after filing, a slightly longer adjudication timeline than expected (4-9 months is the norm for I-140 petitions). To obtain permanent residency, our client will now undergo Immigration Visa Processing (IVP)* from outside the US. We thank him for enlisting our services and wish him success with IVP.

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