Success Stories: One Week after Filing, Employer-Petitioned EB-1B Is Approved for Research Associate in Ohio in the Field of Diagnostic Pathology


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On April 28th, 2016, we received another EB-1B (Outstanding Professors and Researchers) approval for a Research Associate in the Field of Diagnostic Pathology (Approval Notice).


General Field: Diagnostic Pathology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Associate

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Ohio

Approval Notice Date: April 28th, 2016

Processing Time: 7 Days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

It may have taken North America Immigration Law Group ( several months to put together and submit an EB-1B (Outstanding Professors and Researchers) petition for our client but the USCIS only spent one week reviewing the case before granting their approval. This is largely due to the combination of Premium Processing (PP) and our convincing EB-1B presentation of our client’s strong credentials

Building a strong EB-1B case:

One of the special things about EB-1B is that it is an employer-sponsored visa category. This means that an American company must serve as the petitioner. In this case, our client garnered the full support of his employer—a non-profit academic hospital—before establishing an attorney-client relationship with our law firm. Once his employer had supplied us with the necessary documents, we got to work building a strong EB-1B case for our client (a research associate from China).

Knowing just what to include in the petition:

Our extensive experience in putting together I-140 petitions for our clients has given us much insight into what constitutes a strong case. When it comes to EB-1B petitions, we discovered that the USCIS is particularly impressed by the following:

  1. Level of contribution: In this case, our client has contributed much to the field of diagnostic pathology. His findings have been cited 411 times by researchers around the world and he has conducted three dozen peer reviews for various high impact scientific journals.
  2. Research Results: Based on the research summary that our client provided to familiarize ourselves with his work, we determined that his research is focused on the test, production, and implementation of biomarkers in diagnostic pathology. His findings address pressing issues faced by the U.S. medical sector in understanding genes and proteins that serve as markers of cancer for accurate diagnosis of diseases and malignancies, and also finding candidates for targeted therapy thereof. We proved that his investigations are important not just to his employer but to the nation as a whole.
  3. Peer Support: One way we proved to the USCIS that our client’s research efforts are progressing the nation’s medical sector was by incorporating recommendation letters into his EB-1B petition packet. These letters were obtained from other influential experts in the field, all of whom readily confirmed that our client should remain in the U.S. to conduct his very important research. According to one of these experts: “[Client] has already made groundbreaking discoveries in the study of diagnostic biomarkers for pathology of lung cancer, biomarkers for predictions of clinical outcomes in patients with breast cancer, and the expression of certain proteins as clinical markers for invasive breast cancer.” Another recommender stated that “The global influence of [Client’s] research, combined with the inherent value of his work for the field and public health demonstrates his position as a top expert whose talents should be recognized and secured by the U.S. as quickly as possible.”
  4. Published Work: When we filed the case, our client’s work had led to the publication of 28 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 1 pending patent. The availability of his work to other researchers has ensured the continuous progress of the field as a whole.

Obtaining a green card:

We congratulate our client for obtaining an EB-1B petition approval. We recently helped him and his dependent adjust their status for permanent residence by filing I-485 applications. Once the USCIS approves their applications, they will obtain their green cards. We wish them the best with the final step in the green card process and we look forward to congratulating them again.

North America Immigration Law Group (Chen Immigration Law Associates) is a U.S. immigration law firm dedicated to representing corporations, research institutions, and individuals from all 50 U.S. states regarding I-140 immigration petitions. We specialize in employment-based immigration petition and have a proven record of high success rate for the categories of: EB2-NIW (National Interest Waiver), EB1-A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB1-B (Outstanding Researcher/Professor).

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With 12,000 EB-1A, EB-1B and EB-2 NIW approvals, we have first hand information on the manner in which the USCIS adjudicate I-140 cases. As the USCIS has constantly changed its adjudication standards for the EB-1A, EB-1B and EB-2 NIW categories, our firm's huge database of successful cases gives you unprecedented insight to USCIS adjudication trends. We carefully analyze the data for all of our cases and apply the results of our analyses toward giving our clients up-to-date advice and adapting our strategies such that we remain on par with the ever-shifting landscape of immigration law in the U.S. With us, you will always have access to important updates, strategies, and information so that you can make the most informed decisions about your case.

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