Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Approved in 3.5 Months for Chinese Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Field of Civil Engineering (99 Citations)


Client’s Testimonial:

“Thank you very much!”

On August 7th, 2017, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Field of Civil Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Civil Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Vermont

Approval Notice Date: August 7th, 2017

Processing Time: 3 months, 13 days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

Despite the issuance of an RFE (Request for Evidence), a recent client of ours eventually got one step closer to a green card via EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability). His petition was prepared and filed by North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG), and our team did everything we could to ensure that he secured petition approval. This approval is yet another example of our excellent ability to convince the USCIS that every client we represent possesses extraordinary ability in the field and that their work is of great importance to the United States.

Here are some of the steps taken by our team to secure EB1A petition approval:

  • We compiled information regarding our client’s research in the field of civil engineering and determined that his work is focused on natural hazard characterization, structural analysis, and risk assessment, notably for hurricane hazard, earthquake hazard, and multi-hazard scenarios.
  • Next, we detailed the publications that his work had resulted in at the time of filing: 22 peer-reviewed scientific articles. This is an outstanding feat for a researcher in the field of civil engineering. Furthermore, his publications had amassed a total of 99 citations, which proved to the USCIS that our client’s work has benefitted other researchers. We also noted his record of conducting 20 peer reviews for highly acclaimed journals.
  • Further, we included recommendation letters signed by other experts in the field. These letters formed a crucial part of our client’s petition as they stated why his work improves the safety of Americans and also progresses the entire field of civil engineering. As an example, this is what one of our client’s recommenders stated:

“Using [Client]’s findings, engineers are able to build safer houses and other wood-frame structures, reducing the cost of earthquake damage and providing increased safety for people who live in earthquake-prone regions. [Client]’s work has contributed greatly to the design of safer buildings in this country…”

Overall, our client waited roughly 3.5 months before receiving notification of case approval. We are glad to have brought our client one step closer to US permanent residency, and we thank him for choosing us to represent his EB1A petition.

We are pleased to announce that North America Immigration Law Group has so far received over 7,500 EB-1A, EB-1B and EB-2 NIW approval notices. In 2015 and 2016, the approval rate is 97.9% for cases using our "Approval or Refund®" (money back guarantee) service and 96.9% for all cases.

Our approval rate is 99.6% for NIW petitions using our "Approval or Refund®" (money back guarantee) service and the overall approval rate for all NIW cases is 99.2%.

In terms of EB1A petitions, the approval rate is 96% for cases entitled to our "Approval or Refund®" (money back guarantee) service and the overall approval rate for all EB1A cases is 94.3%.

As one of the leading U.S. immigration law firms providing the most comprehensive services focusing on EB-1/NIW petitions, we are proud to maintain our high approval rates with a large volume of approved cases.

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