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EB1-A PP approved (Updates with letter templates)
作者:fluting   来源版面:落地生根   发文时间: 2010年08月21日 17:43:19
Updates:

本想等我弄完I-485后再来折腾这些东西的。但这两天收到好多来自申友的、要求给材料的短信,也能体会到大家与我当时一样的心情。所以,就先把letter templates整理下下,并更新在这个贴子后面了。有留下email地址的申友,我已把letter templates发到你的信箱里,请查收。至于还未留email地址,就请不要再给我留email地址了,直接在本贴后面拷就是了。(当然,如果是想给俺包子的话,俺是会张大口袋接的 ---- 俺也想ZAN点儿,等GC到手后,发几个给曾经帮助过我的前辈们,:)

这次能过,可能与我所做的项目比较特殊有关(恕我不能在此提及,因为不想被人肉),当然,运气是最重要的,我想。也有些申友是写信问问题的。我真不是什么办GC的牛人,GC办到现在,其实还是有很多拎不清的地方。不过,如果是我懂得的那些,我一定会尽量答复的。只是请给我点时间,因为我这阵子公事、私事的搅成一团,实在是太忙了;还有,我想先把485交上了。

注:本贴后面,共有8封用来联系教授、编辑、或review verification letters的信或模板,请大家自行COPY。也请大家在使用前,别忘了好好结合自己的情况mix and match,以防到IO那里,被发现了类似的信件,我的罪过,可就大了去了。好心办坏事,原非我所愿, :)

声明:有些模板是我曾在本版上贴过的原创,但也有一些模板是我以前在本版或其他地方找到的材料,结合自己的情况并加工而成的。但现在实在是连我自己都搞不清哪是原创、哪是“借鉴”的了。所以,如果你发现了自己才是某些模版的鼻祖,认为我这样做是“侵权”的话,还请告诉我你的ID,我会很乐意地让你当作者,并且还会好好谢谢你曾经给过我的帮助,:)

再唐唐:有的申友问我要petition letter及推荐信。我很抱歉我不能公开这引起文件。因为我的petition letter是律师起草的,我有签过相关的保密资料,所以希望大家能理解。再有,我的推荐信虽是我自己写的,但是是紧扣我的projects。我曾尝试着改改发出来,但发现太难了,因为改过了的推荐信,就几乎没法看了。所以,就不公开了。也希望大家能理解。


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“Your Case Status: Post Decision Activity

On August 20, 2010, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I140 IMMIGRANT PETITION FOR ALIEN WORKER. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283.”

我这是被 approved 了吗?有点不能相信自己的眼睛了!原谅我的范进,但我的背景与前两天被NOID的两个申友其实很类似,所以一直等着 RFE或NOID什么的。。。

===========Timeline========
E-file: Aug 4,LUD on Aug 6。原属于NSC。
申请材料及PP支票 received: Aug 9(其实申请材料及PP支票,是律师用FeDex Ground 在Aug 4同日寄的,但Aug 9才收到。此后一直无动静,搞得我抓狂。)
Official PP received date: Aug 16(TSC估计是放假了,直至16日才给了个LUD,说是那天才“收到”的)。
Approved date: Aug 20


========背景=============

PHD毕业近2年,现在某大公司做研发。
(1) 22文章(一作20篇):英文6,中文16
(2) 会议摘要或文章:11(一作,英文)
(3) 引用: 66 (PHD阶段的文章多是去年才发的,他引少得可怜,目前只有8个他引;中文他引58个。一直认为自己希望不大)
(4) Requests for reprints or protocols for replicating a product I developed::9个;都是找的我导师,他再转发给我的。
(5)VerticalNews report:1个
(6) 审稿: 31 (7 个杂志)
(7)4 strong review verification letters from 4 chief editors:其实共找了5个,但有一个要求我在1周内、给审了篇近100页的教授,竟不肯签。
(8)6 封推荐信:4个独立推荐人(2个院士, 2个欧洲),1个导师,1个合作教授。其中4个独立推荐人的信都是我自己起草的(其实有5封的,但有个不怎么牛的教授,原来说是给签的,也联系了最久,却一直没签。后来我也就懒得再问了)。
(9)其他的奖项、memberships什么的都很平常,没有用。
(10) Petition letter: more than 30 pages (估计近期很少有人写这么长的了吧?!律师给起草的。当时看得我心里发毛,但又不敢说要删减,怕律师不高兴。这也是我一直认为被RFE的可能性很大的原因之一。现在虽然过了,也不知IO到底看完没有?反正我当时单是改这个,就花了2天时间)。

我想claim: publications, original contribution, and review。但律师还曾用我那个上不了台面的VerticalNews给claim 了medium report,我坚持给拿掉了。曾一度搞得关系很紧张。我一直认为“引用”一项会是我的致命伤。好在后来用我的research topics查了30及60年来ISI上能查得到的文章,证明这2个领域内曾发表过的文章,少得可怜的。

从去年公司答应帮我申请GC到后来谈不妥,我便慌里慌张地在本版上找了个律师,一头扎进去了。年中开始折腾的。原来只有2个review的,后来联系了10来个杂志主编,都是把我给加入到LIST上的,但真正收到invitations的只有7个。所以,近8个月里,我的时间其实都给拿来review manuscripts了,推荐信却一直定不下心来写。直到今年初。

这期间得了了许多申友的帮助,无以回报。只能在此谢谢大家了。帐号上的包子也少得可怜,等我再zan zan,485成了后,再一并发了罢。

另外,我倒是有些要求推荐信和给editors的信,以及我起草的review verification letters(当然,主要是咱从版上四处找的模板,再改写而成的)。现在先准备485,稍后两天得空修改了,会在本贴里。如有后来人感兴趣的话,我也不算白写了。




================letter templates=================================

(1) Contact editor for reviewing manuscript - general

Dear Professor …,

I find your email address on the xxx journal website. I apologize if you are not the right person to ask to be a regular or Ad Hoc Reviewer for xxx.

I received my PHD from … University. Currently, I am a … in … company. I am an author or co-author of over N1 journal articles in the past M1 years. I have also reviewed N2 papers for M2 journals (i.e., ….).

Reviewing manuscripts for publications is an honor. I hope to be a reviewer for xxx and would like to contribute my knowledge and experience in the area of yyyy (listing the specific topics interested).

Attached is my resume that fully describes my qualifications. I will be glad to provide any additional materials to support my application if needed.

Thank you for your considerations. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Sincerely,

XXX

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(2)Request for reference letters from unknown professors

Dear Professor …,

I received my PHD from the University of … in (year). Currently, I am a … in a .. company

My research projects are related to yyyy. Some of the results have been published on …., etc.

It was a great fortune for me to know you based on our similar scientific interest. I have read some of your papers, which are extremely valuable to scientific research and beneficial to my projects.

I am currently in the process of applying for a U.S. permanent resident visa (green card) in the category of aliens of extraordinary ability (reserved for those at the top of their field who have a record of national and/or international acclaim), for which I should demonstrate the significance of my work evaluated from prominent scientists/independent experts like you. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), independent experts are defined as people who either do not know the beneficiary/applicant personally or have never worked with the applicant. You are one of the world's top experts in our field and therefore one of the best referees to write such a letter. Could you please kindly favor me with a reference letter in the form of 1-3 pages?

Attached are my resume for your review. After reading my resume, I hope that you will find I am worth your recommendation. I know you must be quite busy; therefore, if you would like to, I could provide you with a detailed template letter (according to guidance given by my attorney) for your review and making any modifications, as well as a prepaid envelop that you can use to return the letter to me.

I sincerely appreciate your time and kind help.

XXX



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(3)催推荐信的信-after sending out my draft (Found an excuse before you contact the reference).

Dear Professor …,

I sent you a draft of reference letter for your revision last week. By this email, I just want to let you know that some paragraphs/sentences that I highlighted in yellow in the draft are from the templates originally provided by my attorneys. The rest is information relevant to my research projects. However, please feel free to make any modifications if you think that are more appropriate to my case. Please also let me know if you need more information on me. (This paragraph is just to have an excuse to contact and push the professor, and I found it works well since 4 out of 5 independent professors sent me the letters in two weeks, : )

Moreover, would you mind letting me know when I might expect to hear from you? I am very sorry for this inquiry, but I have to be in the premium processing for the permanent residence petition and would like to submit my application materials the next week.

I highly appreciate you for all your kind help! I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards,

Xxxx


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(4)review verification letter from editor #1
{Organization letterhead}

August 22, 2010

US Department of Homeland Security
US Citizenship and Immigration Service

RE: Dr. XXX


Dear Sir or Madam:

This letter is to support Dr. XXX’s petition for permanent resident as an extraordinary researcher in the field of yyyy. I am writing to confirm that Dr. XXX has reviewed multiple submissions to the refereed scientific journal, zzzz.
I would like to introduce myself and inform you of how I know Dr. XXX. I am currently the Editor in Chief of zzzz and a Professor of aaaa University ... (Note: more background of the editor). It is in the capacity of Editor in Chief of zzzz that I got to know Dr. XXX.
The zzzz is a 100 year-old non-profit international organization, which is the world's oldest and largest scientific society of individuals interested in the yyyy sciences. zzzz is an international premier journal, which publishes a substantial share of the most significant current research in the areas of yyyy... (Note: copy the aims or scope from the journal’s homepage.)
To maintain this position, one of the most important duties of an editor is to choose reviewers of the highest caliber. It is these expert reviewers who point out inferior manuscripts or who offer the needed advice that will allow authors to revise a manuscript to be acceptable for publication.
It is because of Dr. XXX’s extensive background and outstanding achievement that he has been called upon to serve as a reviewer for four manuscripts submitted to zzzz in a year. As outlined earlier, this is an important role and as an Editor, my most demanding task is to find the most qualified reviewers for the peer review system. In the case of Dr. XXX, the manuscript reviewed concerned yyyy, one of the areas for which Dr. XXX is an expert evidenced by his publications. For this task, I selected reviewers extremely well versed in the subject and Dr. XXX was certainly among that group. I was not disappointed. Dr. XXX provided a timely and insightful review of the assigned manuscript that pointed out areas for improvement in the manuscript. This, in turn, allowed the authors of this manuscript to improve the quality prior to publication and thereby protect and enhance the reputation of zzzz. Dr. XXX has also served as a reviewer for the other three editors of zzzz, for which he reviewed manuscripts in the areas of …. As an Editor in Chief, I rate reviewers in timeliness and quality of comments. In the case of Dr. XXX, the rating for all the reviews he provided was the highest possible in both categories. This puts Dr. XXX in the company of the Journal's most highly valued reviewers.

Dr. XXX has attained significant recognition as a research scientist in the fields of …. He has published in zzzz as well as in other outstanding journals such as …. These areas of research are of considerable value to many aspects of the United States economy and world competitiveness.

Briefly, I believe that Dr. XXX has great breadth and depth of knowledge in the field of yyyy. Dr. XXX is a highly trained and productive scientist who would be as a Permanent Resident, an asset to our nation.

Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

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(5)review verification letter from editor #2

{Letterhead}

August 22, 2010

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Re: Dr. XXX


To Whom It May Concern:

I serve as the Editor-in-Chief of zzzz journal. I am writing this notification letter to verify that Dr. XXX has acted as an active journal reviewer for zzzz since 2009.

As the most prestigious international journal in the field, zzzz has generated a tremendous influence to the advances in various areas such as ….. This journal publishes original articles, review articles, case studies and short communications on the fundamentals, applications and management of zzzz. (Note: copy the aims or scope from the journal’s homepage.)

Reviewers play an essential part in science and in scholarly publishing. To ensure the quality of outgoing articles, only scientists who have established an international reputation of excellence in the fields are considered as potential reviewers of zzzz to judge the work of others. Dr. XXX has been selected as one of our regular reviewers, solely for his extraordinary scientific accomplishments in the fields. He graduated with an exceptional academic background in …. His proven track-record made him an ideal reviewer for our journal. He has reviewed multiple manuscripts in the past year. Due to his broad knowledge scope, Dr. XXX is able to cover submissions from different research areas such as …. His comments and opinions demonstrated his thorough understanding in zzzz, which guarantees our journal’s quality. I hereby, highly appraise his excellent performance as a reviewer and appreciate his diligence towards improving the impact of zzzz.

Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely

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(6)review verification letter from editor #3

{Letterhead}

August 22, 2010

United States Department of Homeland Security
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

RE: Dr. XXX


To Whom It May Concern:

By this letter, I provide my independent, expert testimony to convince you unequivocally about Dr. XXX’s application for a green card as an as an extraordinary researcher in yyyy field, specializing in ….

I am the Editor-in-Chief of zzzz journal. (Note: a paragraph briefly describes the editor’s background).

zzzz is a main international venue for publishing application of …. This international journal is an official, bimonthly publication of the … and its technological community, the Society for ….. (Note: copy the aims or scope from the journal’s homepage.)

I became aware of Dr. XXX’s work through his submission of a manuscript to xxxx in 2008 and the quality of the manuscript he submitted. His manuscript was recommended for publication after independent peer review carried out without our technical committee organization. It is clear from the acceptance that his paper has achieved that he is seen as a highly-accepted expert in the field of yyyy.

The high standard of quality that zzzz has achieved is credited to the high quality of reviewers and their reviews. One of the more critical responsibilities of experts in any technical field is that they are expected to be peer reviewers of a manuscript submitted by others for potential publication in archival journals. For zzzz, it is required that at least two experts in the subject of the manuscript determine that the manuscript is worthy of publication. This requires people who are not only competent in the technology, but are so familiar with the existing literature that they can determine if the new submission is truly a new contribution or simply a minor advancement of previously known technology. Dr. XXX is certainly in this category, and he has been called upon five times within a year to review articles submitted to zzzz because of his exceptionally broad understanding of the various technologies encompassing the area of …. in academia and industry. As one of the top experts in his field, Dr. XXX is among of the most valuable reviewers for zzzz, in terms of the quantity and quality of his reviewing efforts. I can attest that zzzz has consistently relied heavily on Dr. XXX’s expertise to perform this function, which is so critical to the success and impact of an esteemed technical journal. His substantial contributions to maintaining zzzz’s leadership position and standards are thus greatly appreciated.

Finally, I will conclude with an observation that as the Editor-in-Chief of zzzz I am seeing an increasing fraction of the intellectual property developments, particularly in the areas …, coming from overseas. In order for the United States to maintain its manufacturing base, so critical to national security, it is important that its domestic academic and industrial institutions seek out and employ researchers with the expertise and talents such as those brought by Dr. XXX.

I am willing to supply more information should the situation arises.

Sincerely,

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(7)review verification letter from editor #4


{Letterhead}

August 22, 2010

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

RE: Dr. XXX


To Whom It May Concern:

I am the Editor of the zzzz. I am writing to certify that Dr. XXX has been a reviewer of zzzz.

zzzz presents all key aspects, theoretical and practical, of ….(Note: copy the aims or scope from the journal’s homepage.)

zzzz is a key reference for scientists, technologists, and students working in the broad area of …, where renowned researchers and scientists from all over the world have been invited to review the manuscripts. Dr. XXX reviewed a particular important manuscript entitled "…….", which was published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. He finished reviewing this over 100-pages article in a week with insightful and comprehensive comments to the authors. Therefore, being invited as a reviewer for our publication is a clear indication of Dr. XXX’s stature and prestige in the field.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,


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(8)review verification letter from editor #5

{Organization letterhead}

August 22, 2010

United States Department of Homeland Security
United States Citizenship and Immigration Service

RE: Petition for U.S. Immigration for Dr. XXX


To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing this letter in the strongest support of Dr. XXX’s application for permanent residency as an alien researcher with extraordinary ability in the fields of yyyy.

I am the Editor of zzzz journal. zzzz is an application–orientated research journal devoted to reporting advances with originality and novelty, in the science and technology of … (Note: copy the aims or scope from the journal’s homepage.)

zzzz is an international premier journal. Our editorial team is lead by a group of highly respected international experts. My primary duty is to perform the preliminary review of manuscripts submitted to the journal and to assign the suitable expert reviewer to judge the quality of the work.

Peer review is essential to the functioning of scientific journals like zzzz. Submissions to the journal undergo a rigorous review process, with extremely selective criteria. We require the knowledge of internationally recognized experts in zzzz in order to review submissions, to maintain the high quality of the journal’s content. Only scientists who have established an international reputation of excellence in their fields are considered by zzzz as potential reviewers to judge the work of others. Dr. XXX has been appointed as one of our regular reviewers, solely for his significant scientific accomplishments in the areas of….. Dr. XXX has gained an international reputation as a scientist with extraordinary ability demonstrated by his research work published in prestigious journals like …..

Dr. XXX has reviewed over 10 manuscripts in multidisciplinary areas submitted to zzzz in a year. His unique skills and interdisciplinary background enabled him to complete a thorough and rigorous review of the submission. We are very satisfied by Dr. XXX’s reviews, which are insightful, incisive, comprehensive, and helpful for the authors. His reviews have served to significantly upgrade the quality of the submitted reports. He maintains a reviewer rating in the “outstanding” category, as judged by our Editorial staff.

From our point of view, Dr. XXX is among elite scientists who are capable of adhering to the highest standards of ethics and critique in providing feedback to submitting authors. He is very knowledgeable and is able to inspire other scientists for the better advancements of zzzz. We respectfully request that you consider the petition and the evidence submitted herewith, and upon consideration, that you approve Dr. XXX’s petition for permanent residency as an alien of extraordinary ability.

Please contact me if you have any further questions.

Sincerely yours,

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