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


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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.

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