Success Stories: Iranian Associate Professor in the Field of Molecular Biology Receives EB-1A Approval and Is Now Ready for Immigrant Visa Processing


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On September 13th, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for an Associate Professor in the Field of Molecular Biology (Approval Notice).


General Field: Molecular Biology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Associate Professor and Lab Head

Country of Origin: Iran

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: N/A

Approval Notice Date: September 13th, 2016

Processing Time: 96 days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

When an experienced and highly qualified associate professor/lab head residing in Iran contacted North America Immigration Law Group ( to help him file an EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition, we analyzed his credentials to verify his suitability for this tough visa category. His achievements were particularly noteworthy—a D.Sc. degree in biology and extensive experience in the field of molecular biology. We also conducted a detailed analysis of his research accomplishments and included these points in the well-written EB-1A petition dossier:

– Our client had a sterling publication and citation record which comprised of 135 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 4 co-authored books which collectively, had gathered a massive 1,528 citations at the time of filing. This indicated his position as a researcher of international repute whose work is highly regarded and respected.

– He had conducted 110 reviews for top-tier journals and also served on the editorial board of several other journals. This served as testament to the degree of acclaim and recognition his work had garnered amongst his peers.

– When approached by our client, four independent experts in the field of molecular biology agreed to sign recommendation letters to support his EB-1A petition. One of these recommenders, a scientific associate, stated: “[Client] specializes in research on the molecular mechanisms of cellular functions, and his work on this subject has been outstanding. Through his findings, he has helped advance the fields of cellular and molecular biology.”  Undoubtedly, these four letters persuaded the USCIS to understand the significance of our client’s work to the United States.

– Our client had conducted detailed research on the molecular mechanisms of cellular functions which progress applications towards identifying new therapeutic targets, devising new fertility assessment methods, and confirming new cellular reporters and mutants. This has an enormous impact on the pharmacological industry, the medical research industry, public health, and the agricultural industry in the United States.

After several months of preparation, we assembled all the necessary information and presented it to the USCIS on behalf of our client. Despite our meticulous presentation of our client’s achievements, the USCIS issued a Request for Evidence (RFE). Our team tackled the RFE in an efficient manner and sent the USCIS a response not long after. A little over 3 months from the date of filing, our client received an EB-1A approval notice. We are happy that we could offer the support and help that our client needed throughout this process and we wish him the very best as he takes the final step towards his green card from abroad: undergoing immigrant visa processing (IVP). To learn more about IVP, please visit:

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