One of the most typical questions regarding the EB-1 green card concerns the level of expertise required to submit an application to the USCIS. In this article we will outline selected successful EB-1 petitions for applicants who are active in the field of science.
Case #1 - The applicant was considered to be a leading expert in international affairs, particularly Indo-Chinese relations. Eight detailed recommendation letters which highlighted the importance of this applicant's vast knowledge on China and his outstanding expertise on non-proliferation and security affairs were used. He had over twenty publications on this critical topic at the time of his filing.
Case #2 - The applicant had advanced degrees from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, one of the most premier institutes in India. His research work was so highly regarded that he was awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellow at the Institute. This is a very high honor that only “a select few” are considered for this position. The applicant also had numerous books on civil engineering published and currently used by prestigious teaching institutes.
Case #3 - The applicant had a Ph.D. and Master of Science in Physics, a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Science, and more than fourteen years research experience working for several world-renowned institutions. Her discipline was Biometeorology and she was employed as an Atmospheric Scientist. Substantial documentary evidence of the applicant’s contributions that began as early as her Ph.D. years was provided. The applicant published very significant articles that reflected years of data collection and analysis. For this reason, her publications were cited heavily in top scientific journals.
The applicant had been invited to participate on editorial review boards due to her noteworthy research, unique expertise, and related international reputation. In addition, she participated as a reviewer for a significant number of high impact international journals in which the selection criteria required the scientist to have an outstanding reputation in the field as determined by publication history and significance, and citation volume within the specialty, Reference letters from leading experts defined this applicant as one of the very top scientists in this unique specialty. The EB-1 petition “premium processing” received an approval within a week.
Although it is important to remember that while the legislation leaves a lot of leeway to potential applicants with extraordinary ability, a strong case has to be made in order to show outstanding talent in a particular field, as these cases show.
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