Chen Immigration Blog Specialized in National Interest Waiver (NIW) and Extraordinary Ability (EB1) Green Card Mon, 29 Aug 2022 08:14:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chen Immigration Blog 32 32 Success Stories: A Mauritian Visiting Scholar in Synthetic Chemistry Gets NIW Approval Without RFE, Thanks to Our Expert Help Mon, 29 Aug 2022 08:14:58 +0000  

Client’s Testimonial:

“Thanks for your message we are so excited with this good news.”

On November 1st, 2021, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Visiting Scholar in the Field of Synthetic Chemistry (Approval Notice).

General Field: Synthetic Chemistry

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Visiting Scholar

Country of Origin: Mauritius

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Florida

Approval Notice Date: November 1st, 2021

Processing Time: 10 months, 11 days

Case Summary:

Since its inception, North America Immigration Law Group has had the opportunity of serving thousands of clients working in areas ranging from V2X Communications to Cancer Immunotherapy. It goes without saying that our team has honed themselves at this job which makes it possible for them to attend to the ever-changing demands of the clients and the adjudicating authorities at USCIS. It is this that has provided our team with the necessary tools to tackle clients with different requirements.

Whenever we get a client from any walk of life, we follow the routine procedure of checking up on their credentials and then collecting any and all necessary documents pertaining to their academic and professional career. These documents are used to provide us with data that is later used in the petition letter. The petition letter is supported by documents such as letters of recommendation from experts in the field, updated CVs, transcripts from various institutions, etc. This forms the petition packet which is then sent to USCIS for adjudication. The adjudicating bench takes into consideration the petition and depending on several factors, the case gets approval in its due course.

So, when a visiting scholar in the field of synthetic chemistry from Mauritius came to us with her request for filing an NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition, our team responded according to our protocol. We were quick to find that her proposed endeavor is to continue her research on developing polymer networks with enhanced properties using sustainable methods to produce novel polymers useful for applications such as drug delivery systems, rechargeable batteries, and multifunctional materials. This made it evident that her research advancing her proposed endeavor is of great importance because it reduces the amount of plastic waste in the world by making biodegradable polymers a viable alternative to conventional synthetic polymers.

After some deliberation, we settled on 4 recommendation letters that we included in her packet for USCIS. A few excerpts are quoted from these below:

“[The client] developed a better catalytic system for the production of these two sought-after polymers that were more environmentally friendly, solvent-free, and operated at low carbon dioxide pressures. [Client’s] research on this project benefits both manufacturers as well as the environment as her proposed system is more efficient and sustainable than the current alternative.”

“[Client’s] work to improve anticancer drug delivery systems is vital to the United States, as cancer is the second leading cause of death in the country. There have been 1.8 million cancer cases diagnosed in 2020 so far in the United States, with over 600,000 resulting deaths.”

“[Client’s] work improves the applicability of flame retardants while also making them environmentally friendly and sustainable. Due to the increasing fire-related death toll and property damages in the United States, [client’s] work is deeply important and beneficial to the nation.”

On the balance:

  • Her academic performance was gauged by the 9 peer-reviewed journal articles (6 of them first-authored) that she had published.
  • These papers were published in no fewer than 5 highly ranked peer-reviewed journals.
  • These publications have been cited a total of 143 times.
  • Furthermore, her study has received funding from the National Research Foundation, South Africa.
  • Her study has also been supported by funding from the Department of Science and Technology of India.
  • We highlighted at the end that her research into biomedical applications of biodegradable, sustainable polymers will continue to be circulated to others in the field through the publication of papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations.

All of these information pieces were put together in such a convincing manner that it was no surprise to hear of the case approval from USCIS. We are glad of having helped her in this process and we look forward to many further collaborations with similar clients in the future.

Success Stories: North America Immigration Law Group Aids a Visiting Research Associate in Neuroscience from Spain Get NIW Approval, Despite RFE Sun, 28 Aug 2022 20:32:07 +0000  

Client’s Testimonial:

“Thank you so much for all your help with this.”

On November 2nd, 2021, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Visiting Research Associate in the Field of Neuroscience (Approval Notice).

General Field: Neuroscience

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Visiting Research Associate

Country of Origin: Spain

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Indiana

Approval Notice Date: November 2nd, 2021

Processing Time: 12 months, 1 day

Case Summary:

A visiting research associate working in the field of neuroscience came to us in October of 2020 seeking our help with her NIW (National Interest Waiver) application. Her country of origin was Spain and she had been working in the United States for the past several years. Her expertise in the field was evident because her research was related to investigating dopamine release, addicted behaviors, and brain circuitry to understand better and treat drug dependency, including the opiate epidemic in the United States. It became clear that her research was of great substantial merit and national importance.

Thus, after assessing the merit of her claim to the category, we employed our team of experts to put together a convincing case on her behalf. Having immense experience with NIW clients, they were quick to form a strategy to move forward. Among other things, they used several letters of recommendation obtained from experts in the field to corroborate their arguments. Some of these are quoted below:

“[The client’s] work is invaluable to understanding the mechanics of drug addiction and brain conditions, including those addictions that stem from opiate use. [Client’s] research is therefore critical to elucidating the molecular mechanisms and the pathology of drug abuse. By doing so, she has provided the field with foundational knowledge for the development of effective drug targets for treating addiction.”

“[Client’s] research in neuroscience has shaped her field due to her pioneering approaches to studying the neurotransmitter dopamine in vitro and in vivo and how the dopamine system is affected during drug addiction and brain diseases. Her work has significant implications for addressing numerous drug addictions and neurological conditions.”

“The value of [client’s] research expands far beyond the confines of the laboratory, and indeed has implications for the nation as a whole. [Client] has made groundbreaking discoveries on the underlying mechanics of various neurological conditions and substance abuse in the brain. More than 795,000 people in the United States present with a stroke episode every year to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As such, [the client] is performing essential research that should continue uninterrupted.”

On the other hand, our experts had also made a list of her other achievements in academia and professional setup. This was also included in the petition to make it all the more convincing. Our experts found that her research has resulted in 8 peer-reviewed journal articles (four of them first-authored) and 1 book chapter (first-authored). We also found that these publications have been cited a total of 353 times according to Google Scholar, thereby demonstrating that these publications are widely recognized and relied upon in the field of neuroscience.

These and other pieces of evidence were enough to get our client her NIW approval. Despite the RFE that her application received, our attorney made sure that her petition came through. We are grateful to her for trusting us with her case and we wish her the very best in life.

Success Stories: A Bioinformatics Scientist Secures EB-1A Approval in the Field of Immunology Without Any RFE Issuance Sun, 28 Aug 2022 09:28:38 +0000  

Client’s Testimonial:

“I just wanted to share a quick note and let everyone know that Wegreened did a really great job on my case. I’m glad I decided to work with them. It’s really great how easy to talk with the lawyer and use their websites. They also gave me precious suggestions about the number of reference and writing contributions. It saved me a large amount of time and worked finally.”

On June 10th, 2021, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Bioinformatics Scientist in the Field of Immunology (Approval Notice).

General Field: Immunology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Bioinformatics Scientist

Country of Origin: China

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Maryland

Approval Notice Date: June 10th, 2021

Processing Time: 8 months

Case Summary:

With an M.Sc. in molecular biology and biochemistry and a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, our client has achieved a consistent and notable record of success and influence in this area of study. When he hired North America Immigration Law Group, he undoubtedly possessed the ability to continue further in the field of immunology. After thoroughly evaluating his credentials, we agreed to file his EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition. We highlighted the following information in his EB1A petition packet to lead him to EB1A success:

  • We detailed the 314 times his work was cited by other researchers in at least 30 countries, confirming that these publications are well-acknowledged all around the world. Therefore, this confirms that he has a demonstrable and important influence over his peers, as they are actively using the knowledge that he is producing to advance their research works. As such, this high citation count provides concrete evidence of the scientific value of his work.
  • Also, we specified his prolific publication record i.e., 26 peer-reviewed scientific articles, all of which were published in some of the most impacting journals, providing additional evidence of both his scientific proficiency and his valuable contributions to the immunology field. In addition, we noted the impressive 30 times our client appraised the work of his peers for four highly discerning journals with very stringent publishing guidelines. His peer-review contributions are confirmed by expert statements, proving his active and actual participation as a judge of the work of other experts in the field.
  • It was inevitable for us to discuss his proposed research work focusing on using a novel bioinformatics method to assess viral transmission between two individuals with whole-genome and pol next-generation sequencing data, addressing some of our nation’s most pressing issues, including techniques to identify groups of people with infections to more quickly respond to these infections and therefore prevent their spread either through vaccine development or new antiretroviral regimens.
  • Moreover, his research got supported by funding from leading agencies, including the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the National Institutes of Health. Within the NIH, the NIAID concentrates on research specific to prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases, and thus this funding grants demonstrate the ultimate importance of our client’s research.
  • Besides, we incorporated four recommendation letters provided by other well-recognized researchers in the field, one of whom stated that:

“[Client’s] many contributions to immunology have solidified his status as a researcher of irreplaceable value. His continued work in the field is vital to global efforts in addressing threats such as viral infection and developing effective solutions that enhance public health.”

Successfully, we were able to persuade USCIS that our client deserves to continue his work in the United States due to its intrinsic benefits to patients and the United States’ healthcare system. Thus, our client obtained his EB1A petition approval. We would like to thank our team’s hard work and our client’s cooperation throughout the adjudication process. We also congratulate him for achieving this great milestone.

Success Stories: A Postdoctoral Fellow from India Secured EB-1A as well as NIW Approvals in the Field of Inorganic Chemistry with the Help of Our Continuous Assistance Sat, 27 Aug 2022 19:49:32 +0000  

Client’s Testimonial:

“Thank you for the message. It has been really wonderful feeling to see my I-140 approved.”

On September 30th, 2021 and November 4th, 2021, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Field of Inorganic Chemistry (Approval Notice).

General Field: Inorganic Chemistry

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Fellow

Country of Origin: India

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Texas

Approval Notice Date: September 30th, 2021 (EB-1A) and November 4th, 2021 (NIW)

Processing Time: 17 days (EB-1A) (Premium Processing Requested) and 11 months, 15 days (NIW)

Case Summary:

A postdoctoral fellow from India holding a Ph.D. in chemistry approached North America Immigration Law Group to file both his EB-1A and I-140 NIW petitions. His nanomaterials research addresses some of our nation’s and the world’s most pressing issues and is particularly well-known for his contributions to the study of thermally controlled cyclic insertion/ejection of dopant ions and reversible zinc-blende/wurtzite phase changes in ZnS nanostructures.

We drafted his petition packet according to the up-to-date trends laid out by USCIS including:

  • His work resulted in 26 peer-reviewed scientific articles (11 of them first-authored) and 1 book chapter.
  • He has conducted at least 11 reviews for at least 2 journals in his field of inorganic chemistry.
  • His research has been cited 795 times in at least 54 countries according to Google Scholar.
  • His research has been supported with funding from a number of government organizations, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Mayo-Illinois Alliance, United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, and Department of Science and Technology of India.

The above-mentioned details were highlighted in conjugation with the following requirements set for an employment-based immigration visa under the second preference (“EB-2”):

  • No specific job offer/labor certification is required for a foreign person as long as he/she is entering the United States to continue work in the field in which he/she has an extraordinary ability, therefore self-petition is allowed.
  • Evidence of original contributions, usually through publication, of major significance in the foreign national’s field of science, scholastic, artistic, or athletic.
  • Performance in a significant role for organizations or establishments that have a distinguished reputation.
  • Receipt of a higher salary or remuneration than is usual in the field.
  • Other comparable evidence if the above types of evidence do not readily apply to the foreign national’s occupation.

Furthermore, our client’s work was supported by the four recommendation letters written by the other experts in his field, one of whom stated:

“…[Client’s] work enables a cheaper, easier method to produce 4-aminophenol and, subsequently, paracetamol/acetaminophen that helps alleviate cold symptoms and pain in Americans. Ultimately, [client] must be provided the opportunity to continue his uninterrupted research efforts in the United States to provide comfort to the lives of millions of Americans.”

We are delighted that our team was once again successful in persuading USCIS of the importance of our client’s research in the United States and hence he was granted not only EB-1A approval (in 17 days only), thanks to Premium Processing, but also NIW approval after that. He has even retained us for his I-485 approval. We would sincerely like to thank him for choosing our law firm and congratulate him on accomplishing this breakthrough.

Success Stories: With Premium Processing and Our Expert Help, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Field of Biomedical Engineering from India Gets EB1-A Approval in a Month’s Time Sat, 27 Aug 2022 08:41:34 +0000  

Client’s Testimonial:

“This is such excellent news. You all were so meticulous and supportive throughout. You all were so professional and on top of things. Your perception of whose testimonials would be ideal was on point.”

On November 4th, 2021, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Field of Biomedical Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Biomedical Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Fellow

Country of Origin: India

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Illinois

Approval Notice Date: November 4th, 2021

Processing Time: 30 days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

The EB1-A is a subgroup of a first preference employment-based immigration (EB1). The category is for foreign individuals in arts, sciences, education, business or athletics. Along with the waiver for a job offer, self-petition is allowed for those applicants who possess such extraordinary ability as may benefit the country. However, due to the complexity of the process, most applicants chose to take help from an immigration attorney. Our firm has made successful petitions on behalf of countless individuals.

So when our client from India, a postdoctoral fellow in biomedical engineering, said he needed our help with EB1-A filing, we immediately came to his rescue. Our team collected all relevant data pertaining to:

  • Evidence of expertise in the field: He is a leading ocular virology expert in biomedical engineering, and is well-known for the application of nanotechnology in the development of antiviral ocular devices and carbon-based drug delivery systems.
  • Record of publication and citation: His research has been published in 40 articles, which have been cited some 703 times in all.
  • Peer review experience: He has been invited to conduct peer-reviews for journals of repute some 58 times already.
  • Record of Funding: His work has been funded by India’s Department of Biotechnology, part of the Ministry’s Department of Science and Technology, and the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
  • Letters of Recommendation: He obtained 4 letters of recommendation from 1 dependent and 3 independent sources.

Our team was able to put together an impressive petition packet including these details, winning him an approval from the USCIS. We are glad to have helped him in the process and wish him the best in life.

Success Story: EB-1B Petition Approved for an Assistant Professor in the Field of Occupational Health Psychology in Just 8 Days, Thanks to Premium Processing Fri, 26 Aug 2022 09:16:22 +0000  

Client’s Testimonial:

“I thoroughly enjoyed working with this Law Firm, and highly recommend it. They did a very thorough job of drafting the materials and very open to any suggestions from my end.”

On October 6th, 2021, we received another EB-1B (Outstanding Professors and Researchers) approval for an Assistant Professor in the Field of Occupational Health Psychology (Approval Notice).

General Field: Occupational Health Psychology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Assistant Professor

Country of Origin: India

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Alabama

Approval Notice Date: October 6th, 2021

Processing Time: 8 days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

In just 8 days, our client was successful in receiving the EB-1B (Outstanding Professors and Researchers) petition approval. Our proficient legal team at North America Immigration Law Group ensures a comprehensive background evaluation of every client who hires us for helping them with their immigration petition to USCIS. Thus, in this case, also before commencing with our client’s case, we investigated her research on occupational stress and safety which seemed to address some of our nation’s most critical issues in understanding methods for improving safety leadership and safety motivation, occupational stress, and recovery among firefighters, and stress prevention climate measures. We were very impressed with her strong background in the industrial and organizational psychology field and the progress she had made in the academic field of research, which secured her reputation as an outstanding professor in the international community of occupational health psychology. Moreover, leading researchers from top universities and research groups from the United States and abroad have submitted letters confirming our client as an outstanding professor in her specialized field.

“If American companies want to help their employees live healthier lives, incorporating the results of her occupational stress and safety studies into their policies and organizational planning is key to improving mental and emotional health outcomes for their employees. In this regard, [client’s] research is undoubted of considerable importance to the United States.”

“The results of her research illustrate the need for companies and management to focus on building distinct climates (i.e., safety, health, and stress prevention) to improve the safety, health, and well-being of their workers.”

These two above-mentioned excerpts have been taken out from 2 of the 4 recommendation letters submitted to the USCIS obtained by her fellow experts from national and international universities, corroborating that her findings have been widely circulated the world in occupational health psychology research circles.

Together we worked very hard with our client to make sure that she developed and gave us all the required documentation we needed to meet the USCIS’s defined guidelines to obtain the EB1B approval. Therefore, with our client’s cordial support and our team’s efficiency, we demonstrated her outstanding educational and professional experience by incorporating the following details in her EB1B petition packet:

  • After reviewing her credentials, we found that our client holds a Ph.D. in psychology, and her research has resulted in 13 peer-reviewed journal articles (8 of them first-authored) and 2 book chapters published in some of the most highly regarded and influential journals in the field. Her publications have accumulated a total of 129 citations from international researchers, indicating the influence that her work has had on her contemporaries in the field as it shows that other scientists are regularly basing their work on her findings.
  • As further evidence of her esteemed status in the field, she has been invited to peer review on at least 30 occasions, proving her respected status as an occupational health psychology researcher. Besides, not only does she perform peer review for multiple journals but also sits on the editorial board of the occupational health science field.

After 8 days of our diligence, we were victorious in winning the EB1B approval. We are super glad that our client could achieve her approval and can continue her work here in the United States without any further obstacles. We thus wish her all the best in all her future endeavors.

Success Stories: In Just a Week’s Time, a Research Scientist in Biostatistics from China Gets EB1-B Approval with Our Diligent Efforts, Thanks to PP Thu, 25 Aug 2022 08:56:24 +0000  

Client’s Testimonial:

“Thank you so much for the 1-140 approval notice! It was so nice to work with you on this case! I greatly appreciate your work!”

On June 2nd, 2022, we received another EB-1B (Outstanding Professors and Researchers) approval for a Research Scientist in the Field of Biostatistics (Approval Notice).

General Field: Biostatistics

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Scientist

Country of Origin: China

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: New York

Approval Notice Date: June 2nd, 2022

Processing Time: 7 days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

The EB1-B (Outstanding Researcher) category is one of the specialized categories within the various visa petition types set by the USCIS. The requirements of this category are both clear and not easy to crack, which is why we use only our experts to deal with these cases. So when a client from China came to us asking for help with her EB1-B application, we were quickly able to help her. We made sure that she had already made substantial contributions to the field of biostatistics. This led us to believe her very important work focused on developing and applying statistical methodology for metagenomics. Her research addresses some of our nation’s most pressing issues in understanding the link between the metagenome and complex human diseases.

It was for this reason that several experts in the field furnished her with letters of support making it apparent that her work was of utmost importance to the field and to the nation. One of these is quoted below:

“[Client’s] uniquely powerful statistical methods are a milestone in ongoing international efforts to elucidate the complex genetic variations that contribute to the development of human diseases. There is no doubt that the continuation of her research is squarely in the global public interest.”

On the other hand, she has a documented record of authorship in the field of biostatistics. As evidence of her research success, her research work has resulted in at least 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Her publications have also been extensively recognized through 118 citations This is sufficient evidence to meet the plain language of this criterion. In total, she has also conducted at least 15 reviews. To satisfy the requirements of this criterion, we have submitted evidence affirming her duties as a peer reviewer. These documents and related objective evidence prove her active and actual participation as a judge of the work of other experts in the field.

Hence, we are proud of having had the trust of this brilliant mind. We are very glad to hear of the approval, and we wish her the very best in life.

Success Stories: With Expertise in Drug Discovery, an Indian Research Assistant Professor Gets EB1-A Approval in Less Than 2 Months, Thanks to Our Expert Help and Premium Processing Wed, 24 Aug 2022 08:43:45 +0000  

Client’s Testimonial:

“Thank you! At times it was frustrating, going back and forth finalizing the documents, but when Chen Immigration sent the initial draft of the EB1A petition, we are very satisfied. The professionalism shown and the correct advice given at every step (including sending package to TSC, going ahead with premium processing) were instrumental in the overall success of this petition.”

On April 1st, 2022, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Research Assistant Professor in the Field of Drug Discovery (Approval Notice).

General Field: Drug Discovery

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Assistant Professor

Country of Origin: India

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Illinois

Approval Notice Date: April 1st, 2022

Processing Time: 1 month, 18 days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

Our client, a research assistant professor in drug discovery from India was a well-known figure in her area of expertise. Her research in the field has been responsible for several improvements in the drug composition specifically for Tuberculosis. She is especially well-known for studying bacterial multicellular behaviors, selecting preclinical drug candidates, identifying protein targets, and designing in vitro and in vivo assays against the TB-causing pathogen mycobacteria and other bacteria. Furthermore, her work has been commercialized by a well-known drug manufacturer and implemented by a not-for-profit partnership dedicated to the discovery and development of new, faster-acting, and affordable tuberculosis medicines. These scientific achievements affirmed her stature as a leading researcher in drug discovery for us at NAILG when she came to us seeking help with her EB1-A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition.

Our team was quick to respond, and after a detailed brief of the action plan, she settled on upgrading her case for premium processing. This is how her case could get approval in just 49 days. Our firm, having ascertained that her case was of value, prepared a convincing petition and put it together with the necessary documents. This included the client’s CV, her academic and professional certificates, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. We had asked her to get at least 4 separate letters of support, 2 of which came each from dependent and independent sources. These helped immensely in proving the value of her research to the adjudicating bench at USCIS.

Here are a few excerpts from these letters of recommendation:

“[The client’s] prior research on biofilms has helped to demystify their formation and even aid in prevention by determining which chemical structural elements expressly and effectively inhibited cellular aggregation and swarming motility, exposing bacteria to antibiotic action and improving health for countless American patients.”

“[The client] has achieved major advances with her modernization and optimization of in vitro assays and other methods that have streamlined TB drug discovery, revealing new compounds for others in the field to study. This is an ongoing and worthwhile effort producing results that the United States will benefit greatly from through continued scientific advances and economic savings.”

We were able to show that with 19 publications and 2 U.S. patents, she stood an inch taller than most in her field. This was bolstered by 238 citations coming from far and wide across the world’s leading institutions. She had also had the opportunity to conduct 18 peer reviews for influential journals in his field. In addition, her work has received funding from 2 leading institutes in the country, namely the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

These supporting arguments helped her claim to the EB1-A category. We are glad and proud to have had this opportunity to represent her at USCIS. We also thank her for retaining us for her NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition. We wish her good luck in all her future endeavors.

Success Stories: NAILG Helped a Research Associate Working in the Field of Biotechnology from Pakistan Obtain NIW Approval Tue, 23 Aug 2022 09:31:21 +0000  

Client’s Testimonial:

“At this time I want to thank team Wegreen for ultimate support, guidance, and timely processing of my case.Hope for the best outcome. I am very pleased to know about my approval and thankful to your entire team for your support, guidance, and prompt response. I will recommend your law firm to my colleagues and friends who are interested.”

On September 20th, 2021, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Research Associate in the Field of Biotechnology (Approval Notice).

General Field: Biotechnology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Associate

Country of Origin: Pakistan

Country of Residence at the Time of Filing: Pakistan

Approval Notice Date: September 20th, 2021

Processing Time: 11 months, 13 days

Case Summary:

Under the “National Interest Waiver” (NIW) provision for EB-2, an individual requires:

  • A proposed endeavor, holding substantial merit and national importance.
  • The foreign national must be in a position to advance the proposed endeavor.
  • The applicant must present evidence that the U.S. would benefit on balance to waive the job offer criteria for an EB-2.

Therefore, to lead our client (from Pakistan), holding a Ph.D. in biotechnology and genetic engineering, currently working as a research associate in the field of biotechnology, towards her NIW approval, we prepared a well-drafted petition packet which included:

  • Her proposed endeavor: to investigate plants and their natural secondary metabolites to develop novel treatments for drug-resistant infections and diseases.
  • Her impressive record of publications and citations: 5 peer-reviewed journal articles (2 of them first-authored) cited a total of 131 times according to Google Scholar.
  • Her review record: at least 2 reviews for at least 4 journals.
  • Recommendation letters: the fellow experts in the field have provided further detail on the importance of this endeavor to the United States as one out of four stated:

“… To maintain this global dominance, which not only benefits the American economy but also the health of American citizens … the United States must retain talented researchers like [client] who develop new, effective, and highly marketable biomedical materials that drive growth in the field and industry.”

Our client’s research thus has both substantial merit and national importance as it improves public health and advances the medical, biopharmaceutical, and agricultural sectors. Therefore, the adjudication judge granted our client her NIW petition approval despite waiting for a long time. We thank her for choosing our law firm and wish her good luck in her future endeavors.

Success Stories: Our Competent Team Supported a Postdoctoral Researcher from Germany Achieve NIW Approval in the Field of Neuroscience, No RFE Issued Despite a Long Wait Mon, 22 Aug 2022 09:18:38 +0000  

Client’s Testimonial:

“I am happy with your great services. Thank you!”

On March 26th, 2022, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Field of Neuroscience (Approval Notice).

General Field: Neuroscience

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Researcher

Country of Origin: Germany

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: California

Approval Notice Date: March 26th, 2022

Processing Time: 11 months, 16 days

Case Summary:

A postdoctoral researcher in the field of neuroscience from Germany approached us in April of 2021 to help him file an NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition on his behalf. Since NIW applicant or beneficiary must have an “advanced degree” or “exceptional ability” in the sciences, we observed that our client held a Ph.D. in clinical neurophysiology, and he persuasively demonstrated that he seeks employment in an area of substantial intrinsic merit to the U.S., that will be national in scope, therefore, we were able to confirm that our client as an expert in the field of neuroscience, intends to pursue his research on the neurophysiological mechanisms behind human behavioral control to improve therapy for clinical populations with neurological disorders and increase safety precautions in working environments that demand behavior control. We deduced that his research seemed pertinent to combatting the ongoing mental health crisis worldwide and ameliorating the negative impact of widespread ADHD in the United States.

After a thorough consideration of our client’s credentials, we agreed to countersign the client-attorney agreement. We aimed at emphasizing the great importance of his research which pinpoints the precise source of many different mental health disorders, addictions, and neurodevelopmental disorders. We incorporated the following details in our customized petition package:

  • It was noteworthy for us to mention the importance of his research work, which has also been granted funding by the National Institute of Mental Health and the German Research Foundation. This financial support is solely reserved for research directed at advancing the national interest, including endeavors that define the brain mechanisms underlying complex behavior, examine mental illness trajectories across the lifespan, promote prevention and cures, and emphasize a strong public health impact. Therefore, our client’s research provides new insights into the mechanisms of the human brain and advances the clinical strategies for managing neurological disorders.
  • Besides, his research has resulted in 25 peer-reviewed journal articles (12 of them first-authored), and these papers have been published in no fewer than 11 highly ranked peer-reviewed journals. 3 of his key projects have also been included as evidence of his contributions to and expertise in the field of neuroscience. These project summaries are complemented by expert commentaries that highlight his use of innovative methodologies, the nature of his breakthroughs, and the ways that his unique findings have been applied throughout the field.
  • Not only did he complete and publish the results of his research in the field, but his research has also influenced his fellow researchers. Thus, his work has been cited a total of 158 times, proving the fact that his findings have been well-received by the field and, beyond that, his efforts have inspired fresh investigations in several areas of neuroscience.
  • Due to his great knowledge in the field of clinical neurophysiology, attentional processes, and electroencephalography, he has been regularly invited to conduct peer reviews for elite journals in the field, and he has completed at least 2 peer reviews to date.

All of the above-mentioned information affirms that our client is seen as very scholarly in his chosen field and an expert in topics related to his proposed endeavor. We are obliged to our client for choosing North America Immigration Law Group to represent his EB-2 NIW case to the USCIS and achieving the approval successfully. We wish him well as he progresses in his field of expertise.