Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Approved for Lead Research and Development Director from China in the Field of Materials Engineering


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“The collaboration with North America Immigration Law Group was really a pleasant experience. The prompt response, the patience and the professional guideline make my EB1A be a well prepared and successful case. Sincere thanks!”

On March 21st, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Lead Research and Development Director in the Field of Materials Engineering (Approval Notice).


General Field: Materials Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Lead Research and Development Director

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Texas

Approval Notice Date: March 21st, 2016

Processing Time: 11 Days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

A materials engineering expert approached North America Immigration Law Group ( to help attain green cards for herself and her family. Based on her qualifications, the best way to do so was via EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability). As soon as she signed and returned the contract to us, we got to work putting together a strong EB-1A case on her behalf.

Case Details:

By the time we were ready to file the case, we had compiled much information on our client’s copious accomplishments. From her educational background to current research projects, we covered it all. Here is what we learned:

  • Our client earned her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Polymeric Materials from universities in her birth country of China. These advanced degrees proved to the USCIS that she is more than capable of carrying out her current duties as a lead research and development director. We also demonstrated that she is well-equipped with the knowledge needed to continue conducting outstanding research in her field of materials engineering.
  • Amongst other things, our client’s research focuses on polymer processing and functionalization, resolving equipment shortage issues, and the development of environmentally friendly and high performing coating solutions. We demonstrated that her work advances the United States’ efforts to produce cost-effective and environmentally sound synthetic materials that are central to the operation of everyday lives. Our client’s in-depth research has led to 52 published papers, one book chapter, and several patents. Furthermore, her work has collected over 800 citations, and she has conducted 9 peer reviews for several scientific journals.

Although we had amassed enough information to present a strong EB-1A case to the USCIS, we needed to ensure that the case was airtight. We prompted our client to connect with prominent materials engineers whom we helped select, and ask them for recommendation letters. Our client returned with five strong letters, all of which verified our claim that our client’s work is essential to the United States and that it progresses the work of other researchers. Here is a quote taken from one of these letters: “[Client] is a gifted individual […] I have unwavering confidence in her research abilities and affirm that her work is of great scientific merit and use for a wide variety of applications that are assuredly not confined to polymeric materials and chemical industries. Bearing this mind, it is imperative that the United States retains a researcher of such an exceptional caliber.”

Final Step towards a Green Card:

Thanks to Premium Processing, Texas Service Center only spent 11 days adjudicating our client’s EB-1A petition. Without wanting to waste any time, our client retained our services to help her file I-485 applications (last step in green card proceedings) for herself and her family. We join them as they eagerly await a positive decision from the USCIS.



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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