Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Rapidly Approved in One Week for Postdoctoral Research Associate in Missouri in the Field of Neuroscience


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“Thank you very much for your continued effort from start to end. I appreciate the team’s coordination all through the process […] Thank you for your good work!”

On April 6th, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Field of Neuroscience (Approval Notice).

General Field: Neuroscience

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Country of Origin: India

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Missouri

Approval Notice Date: April 6th, 2016

Processing Time: 7 Days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

A postdoctoral research associate working in the field of neuroscience hired North America Immigration Law Group ( to help her get one step closer to a green card. With a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology and years of experience researching the role of proteins, neurotransmitters, small molecules such as coenzyme A and its metabolites in the pathogenesis of devastating neurodegenerative diseases, our client had suitable credentials to file her I-140 petition under EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability).

Comprehensive Petition Dossier:

We were tasked with putting together a convincing petition packet that highlighted our client’s impressive performance as a leading neuroscientist. By the time we were ready to file her EB-1A petition, we had amassed a wealth of information on her various achievements. Here are several points that we focused on:

  1. Citation Count: In order to prove to the USCIS that our client’s research impacts the work of other scientists, we listed her citation count. According to Google Scholar and other similar sites, we determined that her work had collected 209 citations at the time of filing.
  2. Publication Record: Our client’s role as a prominent researcher has led to the publication of 9 peer-reviewed articles, all of which appeared in high impact scientific journals.
  3. Peer Review Involvement: Seeing that only top researchers in their field are invited to assess the work of their peers, our client’s peer review record (9 reviews) indicated the value of her insights to other neuroscientists.

To further fortify our client’s EB-1A petition, we prompted her to reach out to other influential researchers in the field for recommendation letters. As part of our services, we helped her select these recommenders and made sure that they were familiar with her research efforts and/or had worked with her. Our client returned with six signed recommendation letters, all of which supported our argument that her investigations benefit the United States. One of these recommenders—a well-known professor—stated the following: “Given the influence of her articles in the field of neurology and the value of her contributions to the medical community, [Client] has risen to the forefront of her field. As her research continues to make headway on important issues in the study of neurodegenerative diseases, I highly recommend [Client’s] candidature for continuation of her important work in the United States.”

Case Approval:

Because our client opted to file her EB-1A petition under Premium Processing, she received an approval notice merely one week after it was filed. We are pleased at the favorable outcome, and thank her for choosing North America Immigration Law Group.



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