Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Approved Less Than 2 Weeks after Filing for Research Associate from India in the Field of Microbiology (PP Requested, No RFE)


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On September 19th, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Research Associate in the Field of Microbiology (Approval Notice).


General Field: Microbiology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Associate

Country of Origin: India

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Texas

Approval Notice Date: September 19th, 2016

Processing Time: 13 Days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

Just 13 days after North America Immigration Law Group ( filed an EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition on behalf of a research associate from India, the USCIS responded by approving her case. It did not take the expected 4-9 months for the USCIS to take action on our client’s petition because she opted for Premium Processing (PP), a paid service that shortens the timeline to a mere 15 days or less. Armed with an EB-1A petition approval, our client is now one step closer to green card success.

It is no secret that EB-1A is one of the toughest visa categories to obtain approval. Despite our client’s strong credentials, she needed our expertise to present her achievements to the USCIS in a clear and concise manner. These are the 3 main points we chose to focus on when presenting our client’s credentials to the USCIS:

  1. We noted her publication record, which at the time of filing, stood at over two dozen publications. These articles appeared in some of the most prestigious scientific journals in the field of microbiology, proving that her research results are impactful and considered among the most impactful in the field.
  2. Our client’s citation count was also detailed. When we filed her case, her work on the application of immunotherapy to combat cancer, chronic infectious diseases, and auto-immune diseases had already gathered an impressive 647 citations from both dependent and independent researchers around the world.
  3. Not to be left out was her peer review record: 8 reviews conducted at the time of filing. As only top-level experts in their field are invited to assess the work of their peers, our client’s frequent review activity on behalf of widely circulated scientific journals demonstrated her important standing in the field.

Besides the points listed above, we also included four recommendation letters signed by other influential members of the microbiology research community. Among them us a well-known professor, who had this to say about our client: “… [Client] is an irreplaceable researcher in the United States as she is one of a select few with the ability and acumen to uniquely further small molecule and protein-based medicine through her research and investigative approaches.”

We are pleased that our diligent efforts paid off and that our client secured EB-1A petition approval. We wish her the best as she adjusts her status for permanent residence by filing an I-485 application, and we thank her for working with our law firm.

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