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Please Help Me to Understand the RFE, and Let Me Know What I Should Do?

Hi William:

As a Post-Doctor, I filled the Green Card petition in EB-1A several months ago, with 11 published papers and more than 35 citations.

I received a Request For Additional Evidence notice from USCIS this week asking for more evidence of my "individual accomplishments". The RFE also mentioned that "publications and citations are expected for Post-Doctors", so "not evidence of his or her extraordinary or outstanding ability." I got confused for the RFE notice. Please help me to understand the RFE, and let me know what I should do?


For Post-Doctor's petition in EB-1A, an USCIS adjudicator often indicates that the publications are expected for Post-Doctors, therefore not the claimed accomplishments, or not evidence of extraordinary ability or outstanding ability. 

Similarly, an USCIS adjudicator may also minimize the applicant's value of citations as a necessary part of the publications criterion. The USCIS adjudicator may also dismisses the applicant's collaborative research work as not the individual accomplishments.

Therefore, in your RFE response, you need to prove your own contributions in the collaborative work, and also prove that your publication and citation records are above your colleagues in your field, and they are indeed the evidence of your extraordinary ability.

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