Leveraging a Cancer Researcher’s Life’s Work

With only a few months left in H-1B, a cancer researcher at a prominent university sought our assistance.

A cancer researcher at a prominent university initially filed a petition as an Alien of Extraordinary Ability using another attorney. The initial petition contained many support letters, and full copies of her publications, patents, citations, media about her work, et cetera. It was a very large submission, and after several months, she received a Request for Evidence that demonstrated a lack of basic knowledge of her area of research, and indicated that USCIS had not recognized any of her accomplishments. The attorney filed a response submitting even more documentation, but USCIS still did not understand and denied the petition.

With only a few months left in H-1B, the researcher sought our assistance. She arrived at the consultation with a suitcase bearing three full binders holding her initial petition! Based only on her CV, we could tell that she had a very strong case, but that the mountains of information – the researcher’s life’s work – needed to be presented in a manner that was not overwhelming. We advised her that the letters needed to be written in a manner that a lay audience could understand, and the supporting material needed to be presented in a manner that the USCIS adjudicator could readily absorb the nature and significance of her achievements. We reorganized the initial submission, whittling it down from three binders to three inches of material. Eight months after the initial meeting, the researcher and her husband received their green cards. They are now starting their life in America with their baby girl.