Success Stories: Our Firm’s Individualized Legal Strategy Led to the Approval of an EB-1A Petition for a Research Associate in the Field of Pathology


Client’s Testimonial:

“Thank you so much for your great news. I really appreciate your excellent service.”

On March 1st, 2018, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Research Associate in the Field of Pathology (Approval Notice).

General Field: Pathology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Associate

Country of Origin: China

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Texas

Approval Notice Date: March 1st, 2017

Processing Time: 3 Days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

Just 3 days after North America Immigration Law Group ( filed an EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition on behalf of a research associate from China, the USCIS issued an approval notice. Although the short adjudication timeline was thanks to Premium Processing (PP), we have no doubt that our customized EB1A petition packet paved the way for case approval.

Knowing our client’s strength:

As part of our winning legal strategy, we carefully evaluated our client’s credentials to determine if he qualified for EB1A. We took a close look at his various achievements and concluded that he could claim 3 out of the 10 EB1A criteria set by the USCIS. We selected these criteria because they gave our client the highest chance of securing EB1A petition approval.

The 3 criteria were:

  1. Authorship of scholarly articles: Our client’s research has led to the publication of 18 peer-reviewed articles, all of which were published in prominent scientific journals. As these journals are extremely selective, our client’s impressive publication record is an accomplishment achieved by only the very best researchers in the field.
  2. Judge of the work of others: By the time we were ready to file our client’s EB1A petition, he had already conducted 44 peer reviews for a variety of scientific journals. This proved that our client is one of a small percentage who has risen to the very top of his field and has sustained both national and international acclaim.
  3. Original contributions of major significance to the field: We used Google Scholar to determine the number of citations gathered from our client’s work. At the time of filing, these numbers stood at 151 citations, proving that our client had contributed immensely to his field of pathology.

All the information we gathered was used to persuade the USCIS that our client’s work on infectious diseases is extremely important to the United States. We tailor-made the EB1A petition to demonstrate that our client’s research is particularly original, especially with applications such as the development of diagnostic methods for livestock pathogens. We also included recommendation letters contributed by other influential pathologists, one of whom noted: “These academic and work experiences, combined with his inherent talents, have made [Client] one of the world’s most notable experts in molecular microbiology, infectious disease, and pathology.”

We are pleased that our effective legal strategy led our client closer to his green card. We congratulate him for securing EB1A approval and thank him for retaining our I-485 services.

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).

Our Ten Thousand I-140 Approvals Provide Unprecedented Insight into the USCIS Adjudication Trend

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.

We Have Helped Hundreds and Thousands of Clients with Credentials and Backgrounds Similar to Yours

With our exceedingly large number of successful petitions, no matter what credentials you have, no matter your background and field of expertise, no matter your visa status or nationality, chances are we have helped hundreds or even thousands of clients just like you. Our clients are usually impressed with how well we understand their research and work. Our insight and understanding stems from the fact that we have handled many cases with elements similar to yours already, and this helps us devise the best strategies for each individual petition.

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For years, our firm has attracted new clients based solely on word of mouth, recommendations, and the positive collaboration experiences shared with them by their friends and family. We take pride in our reputation and work hard to ensure that we provide a green card application experience that our clients are happy to share with their friends and colleagues. That is how our approvals grew from 600 in 2013 to more than 3,000 in 2017.


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