Success Stories: 37 Days after Filing, an Iranian Postdoctoral Fellow in the Field of Optoelectronics Receives NIW Petition Approval


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On September 1st, 2016, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Field of Optoelectronics (Approval Notice).


General Field: Optoelectronics

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Fellow

Country of Origin: Iran

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: New Mexico

Approval Notice Date: September 1st, 2016

Processing Time: 37 Days

Case Summary:

Just 37 days after North America Immigration Law Group ( filed an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waver) petition on behalf of a postdoctoral fellow from Iran, he received notification of case approval. We are pleased that the USCIS approved his petition in record time—it usually takes them a lengthy 4-9 months to process I-140 petitions.

Proving that one deserves the national interest waiver is no easy feat. The USCIS has tough guidelines in place to make sure that only the cream of the crop secure petition approval. Thanks to the many years that our client has spent researching the field of optoelectronics, we managed to collect a wealth of information on his numerous accomplishments in the field. We noted the 7 peer-reviewed journal articles and 14 peer-reviewed conference articles to our client’s name as well as his Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering. Moreover, we documented the impressive 72 times our client’s work was cited by other researchers, all of whom are progressing the field of optoelectronics as a whole.

In addition to our client’s professional and academic achievements, we also incorporated recommendation letters volunteered by other experts working in the field. This is what one of our client’s recommenders wrote in his opening statement: “I am writing this letter on behalf of [Client], a brilliant scientist in electronics and optoelectronics whose work is paving the way in new technologies for both general and high-power lighting.” According to another one of our client’s supporters: “[Client] is an outstanding researcher in the field of optoelectronics whose work has contributed to the tremendous headway in LED and semiconductor technologies in the United States.” They also briefly discussed our client’s work on improving the performance and design of semiconductors and optoelectronic devices, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs), as well as developing efficient methods for their fabrication and characterization.

As we were able to convince the USCIS that our client’s findings contribute to the United States’ energy efficiency and savings, environmental protection, and consumer electronics, as well as to industries and programs in lighting and optics, he is now one step closer to his green card. We congratulate him for overcoming this significant hurdle in the green card process and thank him for retaining our I-485 services to help him and his dependent adjust their status for permanent residence.

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