Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Approved for Researcher in Minnesota in the Field of Molecular Biology (3 Days, PP Requested)


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On March 9th, 2017, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Researcher in the Field of Molecular Biology (Approval Notice).

General Field: Molecular Biology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Researcher

Country of Origin: Slovakia

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Minnesota

Approval Notice Date: March 9th, 2017

Processing Time: 3 Days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

A researcher based in Minnesota approached North America Immigration Law Group ( when he decided that he wanted to get one step closer to a green card. He hired us to help him with the first step: filing an I-140 petition. After evaluating his credentials, we determined that he qualified for EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability). These are the several main points we chose to focus on when presenting his case to the USCIS:

  1. Publication Record: By the time we were ready to file our client’s EB1A petition, he had already published 11 peer-reviewed scientific articles. He also had 1 patent to his name.
  2. Citation Count: Using Google Scholar, we confirmed that our client’s work had been cited an impressive 2,546 times. These citations came from independent and leading researchers around the world, indicating the major significance of his work.
  3. Peer Reviews: Our client was also active in the scientific community as a peer reviewer for highly acclaimed journals—he had already conducted 16 peer reviews by the time we filed his case.
  4. Recommendation Letters: To further fortify his EB1A petition, we advised him to ask a handful of his peers for recommendation letters. Five of them agreed to lend their support, one of whom noted the following in his recommendation letter: “His research successes far exceed those of others with comparable education and experience; therefore it would be difficult, if not impossible, to replace him with an equally qualified researcher, as he has proven himself to be unmatched in this line of study.”
  5. Additional Evidence: We carefully detailed our client’s work on the development of tools for targeted genome modification and their use in precise engineering of plant genomes. Moreover, we established that his research addresses some of our nation’s most pressing issues in understanding how to most efficiently edit the genomes of important crops, which is done for maximum yield, drought and pest resistance, and volume.

As we were able to convince the USCIS that our client is an internationally recognized researcher with an extraordinary ability to advance the field of molecular biology, they approved his EB1A petition. We send our regards to our client and thank him for choosing us to represent his case.

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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