Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Approved for Research Associate/Visiting Scientist in Virginia in the Field of Medical Optical Imaging


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“You have done great job, and I will definitely recommend my friends to you […] Thanks so much!”

On March 24th, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Research Associate and Visiting Scientist in the Field of Medical Optical Imaging (Approval Notice).


General Field: Medical Optical Imaging

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Associate and Visiting Scientist

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Virginia

Approval Notice Date: March 24th, 2016

Processing Time: 10 Days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

Thanks to Premium Processing, Texas Service Center only spent 10 days reviewing this EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition before granting their approval. North America Immigration Law Group compiled and submitted this strong petition on behalf of a talented research associate and visiting scientist from China. Our client’s credentials made her a suitable candidate for this visa category and we worked diligently to prove just that to the USCIS.

Client’s Credentials:

When we were ready to file the case, our client had already amassed an impressive record of accomplishments. She had published 37 peer-reviewed scientific articles and one book chapter, and had nearly 400 citations to her work. Additionally, our client had conducted 9 peer reviews for prominent scientific journals, proving that her insights are highly regarded by other researchers in her field of medical optical imaging.

Research Ventures:

One of the things that we had to prove to the USCIS was that our client’s research efforts significantly benefit the United States. We reviewed her research projects on the development of cutting-edge optical imaging methods for deep brain imaging in vivo and for single molecule detection in living cells, and demonstrated that her work progresses medical research in the United States. We supported our argument by incorporating recommendation letters signed by other specialists in the field, one of whom stated that “One must not overlook the impact of [Client’s] research. She is truly among the scientific elite, and her expertise in microscopy is of the highest caliber. [Client’s] sustained presence in the field enables the U.S. to compete more strongly with other innovative producers of optical devices. Her work is foundational to the efficacy of these technologies. I expect [Client’s] continued work to secure the U.S. at the forefront of cutting-edge research tools.”

Favorable Results:

We are glad that our attention-to-detail in presenting our client’s credentials resulted in an EB-1A petition approval. We congratulate our client on this milestone and thank her for selecting our law firm to represent her case.



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