Success Stories: EB-1A Petition Approved in 6 Days for Postdoctoral Scholar in Virginia in the Field of Civil Engineering (118 Citations)


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On December 10th, 2017, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Field of Civil Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Civil Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Scholar

Country of Origin: China

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Virginia

Approval Notice Date: December 10th, 2017

Processing Time: 6 Days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

Just 6 days after North America Immigration Law Group ( filed an EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition for a postdoctoral scholar from China, the USCIS approved his case. The reason it was approved so quickly is because he opted for Premium Processing, a top-up option that guarantees action will be taken on the petition within 15 calendar days.

What made our client’s case strong?

EB1A is one of the toughest I-140 categories to obtain approval and therefore, we had to be very meticulous in proving to the USCIS that our client met at least 3 out of the 10 EB1A criteria. First of all, we noted the 12 peer-reviewed journal articles, 2 peer-reviewed conference articles, and 6 research reports in his name. We also discussed the 118 times his work had been cited by various other independent and dependent researchers in the field of civil engineering. Thirdly, we listed the 13 times our client was invited to assess the work of his peers for prominent scientific journals.

We also made it a point to emphasize the importance of our client’s specialized research on the development of nondestructive evaluation techniques for the condition assessment of civil engineering structures, as well as the production of new methods for seismic capacity assessment of buildings and foundation design of wind turbine towers. Overall, we convinced the USCIS that his research addresses some of our nation’s most pressing issues in understanding the effective construction and successful evaluation of civil engineering structures and their integrity under the influence of natural forces.

To support our argument that our client deserved to continue his research unhindered in the US, we included recommendation letters signed by other experts in the field. For instance, a respected professor stated: “[Client’s] work is essential to the continuous development of the nation’s energy security and upcoming infrastructure improvements. […] Without [Client’s] sustained participation in his research areas, I anticipate costly delays to progress in the realization of the national goals.”

We congratulate our client for coming this far in the green card journey, and we wish him the best as he adjusts his status for permanent residence by filing an I-485 application using our DIY Packet.

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