Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Approved (RFE Received) for Research Associate in California in the Field of Cell and Molecular Biology with Just 54 Citations


Client’s Testimonial:

“I am extremely satisfied with the way Chen Immigration Group has handled my case. At every step, I had lot of questions and they patiently answered everything. They drafted excellent letters of recommendation with lot of technical inputs from me. The top quality letters and highly persuasive response to the RFE was the biggest benefit for me that led to a definite approval. They found the strongest possible evidence from my records. As a matter of fact, these were evidences I may have overlooked due to a lack of understanding of what immigration officers look for. I am happy I chose Chen immigration to represent me. Recently (Jan 10th 2017), I also received my green card after I-485 was approved. I am happy to start my journey as a permanent resident in this country and extremely thankful to Chen Associates for their valuable service.”

On September 12th, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Research Associate in the Field of Cell and Molecular Biology (Approval Notice).


General Field: Cell and Molecular Biology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Associate

Country of Origin: India

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: California

Approval Notice Date: September 12th, 2016

Processing Time: 102 Days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

A research associate from India hired North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) to help her obtain an EB-1A petition approval. Our client is an expert in the field of cell and molecular biology and has years of experience conducting imperative fieldwork. Her investigations on cell biology, molecular virology and vaccine development have been very well received by researchers around the world, proving just how important her findings are to the field as a whole. Furthermore, we demonstrated that her investigations impact the US medical and pharmaceutical sectors, most notably when it comes to vaccine development.

Our client’s credentials:

Our goal was to prove to the USCIS that the US stands to gain a great deal by allowing our client to continue working in the country. We did this by highlighting our client’s various achievements such as the 6 journal articles and 2 peer-reviewed conference publications to her name as well as the 19 times she conducted peer reviews for high impact scientific journals. Furthermore, we listed the 54 times her findings were cited by other biologists.

An important element of our client’s EB-1A petition was the presentation of six recommendation letters signed by other influential members of the cell and molecular biology research community. According to one of these letters, our client’s discoveries “…further scientific research, and the interruption of her work is therefore likely to result in delays to progress in this area.” These recommenders were handpicked by our team to ensure that the USCIS understood the relevance of our client’s work to the field. We made sure that these recommenders were experts in the field and that they were knowledgeable about our client’s research.

Responding to the RFE:

Just 9 days after our client elected to upgrade her EB1A case to Premium Processing, the USCIS issued a Request for Evidence (RFE). Despite the fact that the RFE significantly lengthened the overall timeline, the fact that our team responded to it in a quick and efficient manner led to case approval. This EB-1A petition approval is yet another example of NAILG’s sterling record of helping our clients accomplish their goal of reaching the green card finish line.

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