Success Stories: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Maryland with 75 Citations in the Field of Physics Obtains EB-1A Petition Approval


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On November 21st, 2016, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Field of Physics (Approval Notice).


General Field: Physics

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Country of Origin: China

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Maryland

Approval Notice Date: November 21st, 2016

Processing Time: 4 months, 17 days

Case Summary:

A postdoctoral research associate from China initially hired North America Immigration Law Group ( to file an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition for him. Although the USCIS approved it, our client could not adjust his status for permanent residence as he needed to wait several years for his priority date to become current before doing so. So what did he do? He improved his credentials and got us to file another I-140 petition two years later, this time under the EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) visa category. Although EB-1A is upheld by a very high standard of law and is one of the toughest visa categories to obtain petition approval, having an approved EB-1A means that our client does not have to wait for his priority date to become current before filing an I-485 application.

What did his EB-1A petition contain?

Besides data on his current employment and doctoral degree, our client’s EB-1A petition packet contained information on his work in the field of physics. We listed some of the results of his research: 75 citations to his work, 8 published scientific articles, and 27 instances of peer review service.

To further fortify our client’s case, we incorporated seven recommendation letters signed by other experts working in the field. According to one of these experts: “It would behoove the United States to permit [Client’s] work to continue here. It is noteworthy when a physicist is able to predict an important result, and then have that prediction confirmed. So, having [Client’s] noteworthy intellect among the particle physicists of the United States will continue to add unique value to the research community.”

Overall, the USCIS spent 4 months and 17 days adjudicating our client’s EB-1A petition before approving it. We congratulate him for overcoming this hurdle in the green card process, and we wish him well as he continues to progress the field of physics in the United States.

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