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EB1A Approval Chances

I am a postdoc at XXX University. I have 10 publications with 125 citations. I have reviewed 8 research papers from 4 different journals. I have done my PhD in Cancer Research from Germany. Masters from Scotland and postmasters I have worked for University of Manchester, UK for 2 years. During my research in UK, I worked on a drug which is now in clinics for the treatment of patients. On the drugs website, my publication on the same is mentioned. I am getting 6 recommendation letters from USA from chair and departmental heads. Also 3 letters from Germany and UK.

Having this profile will my case be approved? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you!

3 Responses to EB1A Approval Chances

  • Tigran Kalaydzhyan says:

    Hi Venkatesh,

    These credentials can be, in principle, used to prepare a successful EB1A petition (please refer to our do-it-yourself packets for further details). Please keep in mind that the people who write the recommendation letters for you are supposed to also write their credentials, so it’s better to pick younger professors, so that your contribution doesn’t look small comparing to theirs. I keep seeing RFEs issued to people who took the letters from the pioneers in their fields with citation counts of order of thousands (comparing to hundreds of citations for the applicant) and this becomes then the main point of denial.

    • Venkatesh says:

      Thank you very much for the reply Tigran!

      I actually have a mixed population of people. I have 3 people who are in their 40’s and 2 people who are in their late 50’s and 3 others who are in mid 30’s. I also believe that looking at the age (I just turned 30) and the accomplishments which I have, won’t it be unrealistic to compare my citations with the senior ones in the field. Rather I think they should take it in a way that the work which I have done is being recognized and is of great value to the country and the society.

      Also, would that be helpful to mention or attach the J1 wavier document? As I have been seeing blogs and people mention that it might be the reason for an RFE if we don’t have one. Although its a part of I-485. If required I do have one. Thankfully mine got approved very fast in just one month!!!

      • Tigran Kalaydzhyan says:

        Hi Venkatesh,

        I remember being concerned about the age while applying for the green card (I got it while being in my 20’s) and found out that regulations mention explicitly that the age plays no role. On the positive side, your age will not discount your contributions. On the negative side, even if you are young, the officers will compare your achievements to the ones of your recommendation writers, regardless of their age.

        I cannot tell whether attaching J1 to I-140 is useful, because it’s not required (unless you file it together with I-485 concurrently). If RFE is issued, you can send it to them. Congratulations with the quick waiver approval!

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