Success Stories: Associate Professor from China in the Field of Electrical Engineering with 121 Citations Secures EB-1A Petition Approval


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On March 21st, 2017, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for an Associate Professor in the Field of Electrical Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Electrical Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Associate Professor

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

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

Approval Notice Date: March 21st, 2017

Processing Time: 9 months, 13 days

Case Summary:

A respected associate professor based in China hired North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) to help him get closer to a green card. He initially hired us to file an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition and roughly a year after it was approved, we filed an EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) on his behalf. An approved I-140 EB1A allows our client to undergo immigrant visa processing (IVP) without needing to wait several years for his priority date to become current (which he would have had to do with his approved NIW petition).

What is IVP?

There are two steps in the green card process: (1) filing an I-140 petition and (2) filing an I-485 application or undergo Immigrant Visa Processing (IVP). One can only file an I-485 if one is residing in the US. If one lives abroad (an example being our client who lives in China), one has to undergo IVP instead. In a nutshell, our client has to pay the fees, submit the relevant paperwork, and attend an interview at the correct US consulate/embassy. Assuming everything goes well, the embassy will issue an immigrant visa, which our client will then use to enter the US as a permanent resident. His green card will subsequently be mailed to his US address. We recently started helping our clients with IVP, and to learn more about this comprehensive service, please head to

Building a strong EB1A case:

Our goal was to prove to the USCIS that our client has extraordinary ability in the field of electrical engineering. We went about this by noting the 6 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 12 conference papers in his name as well as the 121 citations gathered from his work. We also listed the impressive 39 times he had judged the work of his peers.

To further fortify our client’s EB1A petition, we padded it with recommendation letters signed by other influential members of the electrical engineering research community. According to one of them: “Based on what he has already accomplished, [Client] is overwhelmingly qualified to guide the United States’ advancement in wireless networks and to maintain the country’s communication infrastructure.” These experts also emphasized the significance of our client’s work on improving technology related to wideband optical wireless communication.

Thanks to all the evidence we had meticulously gathered and presented to the USCIS, they were convinced that our client’s research addresses some of our nation’s most pressing issues in understanding the improvement of wireless communication systems while bypassing presently relevant issues of overcrowding—they subsequently approved his EB1A petition exactly 9 months and 13 days after we filed it. We congratulate our client for securing petition approval, and we wish him the best as he continues to progress the field of electrical engineering.

North America Immigration Law Group (Chen Immigration Law Associates) is a U.S. immigration law firm dedicated to representing corporations, research institutions, and individuals from all 50 U.S. states regarding I-140 immigration petitions. We specialize in employment-based immigration petition and have a proven record of high success rate for the categories of: EB2-NIW (National Interest Waiver), EB1-A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB1-B (Outstanding Researcher/Professor).

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