My Client’s Extraordinary Ability Green Card Story Told on NBC Online

October 22nd, 2013

NBC has published an online article about my client’s obtaining legal permanent residency through an extraordinary ability petition.  http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/11/17551995-to-get-green-cards-these-immigrants-must-prove-they-are-extraordinary.  Dr. Anju Singh was a medical researcher at Harvard’s School of Public Health studying novel markers to identify stem cells that make bone, which could one day lead to disease cures.  She is now a legal permanent resident and scientist at the National Institutes of Health.  We were able to show that her groundbreaking research placed her at the top echelon of her field and earned her sustained international acclaim.

Outstanding Researcher Petition Approved for Scientist in Pharmaceutical Sciences

September 25th, 2013

USCIS approved an outstanding researcher petition I filed on behalf of a professor and scientist in the field of pharmaceutical sciences and drug delivery.  The challenge in this case was showing that the scientist’s research experience in the industry (a private pharmaceutical company) satisfied the regulations requiring three years of experience in research.  USCIS does not consider engineering or product design as research for these purposes.  However, we were able to demonstrate that during the course of the scientist’s employment in private industry,  he contributed to the understanding and development of applications for pharmaceutical dosage forms.

The key in any outstanding researcher petition is to prove how the alien has received “international” recognition for novel contributions to his or her field.  The regulations provide a list of six criteria and require that the alien satisfy two of these criteria.  Satisfying the criteria itself is not enough (prizes, publications, memberships, serving as a judge of others, original or scholarly research contributions, published material about the alien).  USCIS is now requiring an increasing level of evidence of the international nature of this evidence.

In this case, as in most of the petitions I file, I provide prodigious data on the international aspect of these criteria, including recommendation letters from experts worldwide, pie charts showing the international breakdown of citations and information about the international circulation of publications.