Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Approved in 14 Days for Chinese Postdoctoral Research Fellow in California in the Field of Ophthalmology


Client’s Testimonial:

“Thank you very much, I received a notice from USCIS today and it’s said that my case was approved! I’m so excited and happy to know this. Many thanks to your efforts and kind help in my case.”

On March 29th, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Field of Ophthalmology (Approval Notice).

General Field: Ophthalmology

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: California

Approval Notice Date: March 29th, 2016

Processing Time: 14 Days (Premium Processing Requested)


Case Summary:

A week after North America Immigration Law Group ( filed an EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition on our client’s behalf, he elected to upgrade his case to Premium Processing to take advantage of rapid adjudication. A week after the upgrade, he received an approval notice from Nebraska Service Center. Our client, a postdoctoral research fellow from China, chose to work with our law firm because he knew of our excellent approval rates and wanted a good shot of getting one step closer to a green card.

Selecting External Support:

Part of our services included helping our client select potential recommenders who could provide him with strong recommendation letters. We made sure that these recommenders were experts in the field of ophthalmology, were familiar with our client’s 19 publications and 1 book chapter, and/or had worked with him at some point. Our client managed to gather testimonials from six chosen experts, all of whom signed letters that confirmed the value of our client’s work to the United States. One of these experts described our client as “… a true leader in our field, and his research is of considerable use to the United States. 

Detailing Additional Evidence:

Accompanying these letters were the following details: our client’s medical degree and his Ph.D. in Ophthalmology, the 137 citations to his work, and the 54 times he conducted peer reviews for various high impact scientific journals. We also accounted for his research ventures on using cellular and molecular methods to research and treat ocular diseases.

Petition Approval:

We are pleased that our diligent efforts in presenting our client’s impressive credentials resulted in an EB-1A petition approval. Now all our client has to do is file an I-485 application. As the last step in the green card process, an approved application will lead to a green card. We wish him well with this and thank him for choosing us to help him with his EB-1A petition.



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