EB1 – Outstanding Researcher – Seed Technology/Plant Science
This week, we filed an I-140 petition premium processing and received an approval within 24 hours. The applicant had over thirteen years’ research experience, some of which was while working for a world-renowned company known for its innovative work in seed technology. We were able to provide substantial documentary evidence of the applicant’s original contributions that began as early has his Ph.D. years. The applicant had published some very significant articles that changed the course of research for many of his peers. Thus, his publications were cited heavily in top scientific journals with high impact factors. We were also able to supply copies of articles featuring the applicant and his work. The applicant had also been invited to participate on a national advisory board for a prominent society due to his reputation in the scientific community. Reference letters from leading experts clearly defined this applicant as one of the very top scientists in this unique specialty. The 24-hour turn around was a very pleasant surprise indeed.
EB1 Green Card Sample Cases
These are some sample cases from our files. It is impossible for us to present all have done past over 15 years of our practice. But these were some cases that came to mind when we started writing this column 2-3 years ago.
EB1 – Outstanding Researcher – Seed Technology/Plant Science
We have recently won a case following a Request for Evidence for a professor - Ph.D. in Mass Media and Communication. USCIS requested additional “documentary evidence” to support our claim that the applicant qualified under the EB1 Outstanding Researcher and Professor category based on applicant’s publications, acting as a judge of her peers as well as her original contributions. Based on the international reputation the applicant gained as a result of her involvement in the field of mass media, we were able to provide documentation, which included printouts from various news sources as well as extensive web coverage of her work. We also provided additional letters from editors that unequivocally identified the applicant as one of the eminent scholars in her field. Additionally, we provided evidence of the significance of the publications where the applicant’s work had been featured, that included the impact factor, circulation, ranking and historical data. The case was approved within four days of receipt of the response to the Request for Evidence.
We have recently won a case for an applicant who worked as a clinical dental professor and a researcher. The case was won following a Request for Evidence. We showed that the applicant qualified based on his international awards and honors and his highly regarded professional memberships. We provided substantial documentation to show the stringent criteria to obtain such honors.
We won a case for an applicant who worked not only as a clinical dental professor but also as a researcher. The case was won following a Request for Evidence. We showed that the applicant qualified based on his international awards and honors and his highly regarded professional memberships. We provided substantial documentation to show the stringent criteria to obtain such honors. Based on the overwhelming amount of documentary evidence to support the claim that the applicant qualified under professional memberships as well as noteworthy honors and awards, the application was approved shortly after submission of the response to the Request for Evidence.
We won an EB-1 Outstanding Researcher case for an applicant with a Ph.D. in Experimental Chemical Physics filing under Premium Processing. The case was decided within two days of submission. The applicant had over eleven years of research experience and an abundance of publications as a result of his extensive list of original findings. As a result of the multitude of publications in prestigious, international scientific journals, the applicant’s work was also extensively cited. We provided copies of the articles along with the data regarding the significance of the journals, which included printouts from Google Scholar and the ISI master journal list. We provided documentary evidence on each of the journals to show the reputation in the field. We also provided copies of the cited work, highlighting the citations as well as the reference section. As a result of the extensive publication list, we were also able to provide documentary evidence to reflect the significance of his “original” scientific contributions to the field.
We have won a case for a Ph.D. in Immunology for EB1, Outstanding Researcher following an elaborate Request for Evidence. The applicant had extensive research experience in the following areas: Pathology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Immunology. USCIS requested additional documentary evidence to support the initial evidence that the applicant qualified based on his acting as judge of others’ work, numerous publications with accompanying citations as well as substantial evidence of “original” scientific contributions. We offered additional supporting documents that included letters from prominent military officials noting requests for applicant to review proposals, elaborate details on the significance and impact of the journals where the applicant’s research work had been published as well as documentary evidence to support the international reputation the applicant had gained as reflected by the multitude of citations in prominent scientific journals in his field. We provided evidence to confirm that the applicant’s ongoing noteworthy research was based on his “original” scientific contributions and that his work had a significant impact on the overall health and well-being of not only the U.S. military personnel but also the citizens of the country.
We won a case for a Ph.D. in computer science/engineering who had over nine years of experience. The applicant held various positions at highly prestigious research institutes in the world. His expertise was considered a cut above the rest and therefore ranked as one of the top in his field. He was a noted author for several scientific journals and posted many conference publications, technical reports and book chapters. He was the recipient of notable awards for extraordinary achievement. He also conducted peer reviewing of manuscripts for prestigious international journals and conferences. He was also often called upon for oral presentations and seminars, which resulted in extensive international collaborations. He also served as peer reviewer, committee organizing member, and graduate supervising committee member. In addition, he was a member of 2 prestigious professional societies. He was well known in his field for numerous innovative and pioneering discoveries.
We won a case for a Ph.D. in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems – Geomatic Engineering. He had over eight years of teaching experience and ten years of research experience. His unique background landed him a position abroad as a critical member of a high-level research team. We provided documentary evidence to show the applicant’s qualifications, which included publications, media articles, citations and letters of invitation to present his innovative work. The applicant had extensive evidence to show the impact of his contributions to his field. Evidence covered a lengthy period of time reflecting the years of highly specialized training and experience gained by the applicant. We submitted letters of recommendation from high-ranking officials who had formerly worked with the applicant on various projects. We also showed that his expertise was world-renowned and thus was invited as a guest editor for a prestigious scientific journal.
We won a case for a surgeon who had over 31 years of research, teaching and surgical experience. This applicant was highly qualified and known in the field to be one of the few that have reached the highest level of success. He was very well published with over 90 publications and authorship of a multitude of book chapters. We provided extensive documentary evidence to show that he was one of the premier surgeons in his expertise. This applicant was frequently called upon as an invited speaker and presented his work worldwide. We also provided evidence to show his extensive contributions to the field, which included numerous patents, technical guidebooks, and several book chapters. He also qualified to judge the work of others as a session chair, committee member, conference organizer, journal reviewer, and thesis examiner. He also was a member of several prestigious professional societies, which required nomination for membership.
This applicant had over 5 years of industry experience and 8 years of research experience. He was offered a job with a private company conducting antennae and microwave engineering research. His unique skills set him apart from other researchers in the field and as a result he received several significant awards for his outstanding achievement. He also published for the prestigious society, IEEE. We were able to provide documentary evidence to show his industry contributions with significant impact as well as his noted publications in prestigious international scientific journals with notable impact factors. This applicant was able to produce documentation to show that he qualified under several components of the category including publications, awards of distinction, selection as a judge of others' work, professional memberships in societies that require nomination, and significant contributions to the field including patents.
We won this case following a Request for Evidence, which included requests for further documentary evidence to show that the grant awards received were considered "highly competitive" and awarded based on the applicant's outstanding achievements. We provided documentation to show that the applicant was featured in major media for his innovative work. We provided additional expert letters that reiterated the applicant truly stood out amongst his peers and more than qualified for the category. The applicant was offered a position at a very prestigious university, which has a worldwide reputation as "the best business schools in the world." Given that he was offered such a position at a very young age, this clearly identified him as "outstanding."