Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Approved for Chinese Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Illinois with 151 Citations in the Field of Mechanical Engineering


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On December 20th, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Field of Mechanical Engineering (Approval Notice).


General Field: Mechanical Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Illinois

Approval Notice Date: December 20th, 2016

Processing Time: 8 months, 22 days

Case Summary:

With extensive experience researching the field of mechanical engineering and a doctoral degree to boot, our client was a suitable candidate for EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability). Despite his solid qualifications, we had to make sure that he met at least 3 out of the ten EB-1A requirements set by the USCIS. After evaluating his credentials and confirming that we could build a case for him, we set about amassing a wealth of information related to his work in the field. By the time we were ready to file his case, we had collected an array of information pertaining to our client’s work and established that we could present the following points to the USCIS:

  1. Citation Count: When we filed his case, our client’s findings had already been cited 151 times by researchers around the world. This proved the importance of his research to the overall progress of the field as a whole.
  2. Publication Record: The many years that our client spent on research resulted in the publication of 20 articles, all of which appeared in well-known scientific journals. The dissemination of his work within the scientific community proved the value of his findings to the realm of science.
  3. Peer Review Service: At the time of filing, our client had already conducted 20 peer reviews for a variety of scientific periodicals. As only leaders in their respective fields are invited to judge the work of others, our client’s impressive peer review record spoke volumes regarding his leadership role in the field.

Besides the three points mentioned above, we also incorporated six recommendation letters into our client’s EB-1A petition dossier. These letters were volunteered by other influential mechanical engineers, one of whom stated the following: “Given the extensive technical knowledge and expertise that [Client] has garnered over many years of education and training in China and the United States, I feel it is imperative that [Client] be allowed to continue his work in the U.S.

We congratulate our client for obtaining a highly sought-after EB-1A petition approval, and we thank him for working with North America Immigration Law Group ( We wish him the best as he continues to work on tribology and lubrication, surface engineering, and materials science in the United States.

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