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Research Scientist


I recently applied GC under EB1A category. I am a Ph.D. with 18 publications (9 1st authored with 980 citations). USCIS accepted 2 criteria but asked more evidence for major contributions. Also mentioned “1000 of publications clause’.

I recently submitted my response to RFE with 5 additional letters from professors mentioning that they have used my work in their research. My citations have also gone up to 1019. Unfortunately, in the cover letter, instead of mentioning the total number of citation as 1019, I misprinted it as 1091.

  1. Will this have an adverse effect on my application?

2. Can my application be denied due to this mistake?

3. What options do I have now?


Any inputs will be valuable.





3 Responses to Research Scientist

  • Tigran Kalaydzhyan says:

    Hi Praneeth,

    Did you misprint the number only in the cover letter, while in other places it is correct? If so, you should not worry about it. Even if it was mentioned only once, the number of citations can vary depending on the search engine, and in your case the number of citations is much more than in most approved EB1A cases (which makes the concerns mentioned in RFE surprising).

    Could you please elaborate on the “1000 of publications clause”? I have never seen such clause mentioned before, so it would be helpful if you could quote the exact text mentioning this in your RFE. If you have privacy concerns, you can send it to my email: kalaydzhyan (at)
    In my impression, the citation count is getting more weight recently, so sharing this information with us would benefit the community.

    • Tigran Kalaydzhyan says:

      There is no specific group, however, your PhD degree adds weight to the claim that you’ve made high impact original scientific contribution to the field, as well as showing that you have certain high level qualifications.

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