Success Stories: A California-based Ph.D. Candidate/Research Assistant from Iran Engaged in the Field of Electrical Engineering Receives NIW Approval


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On March 23rd, 2017, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Ph.D. Candidate/Research Assistant in the Field of Electrical Engineering (Approval Notice).


General Field: Electrical Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Ph.D. Candidate/Research Assistant

Country of Origin: Iran

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: California

Approval Notice Date: March 23rd, 2017

Processing Time: 10 months, 23 days

Case Summary:

North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) received a request from an Iranian doctoral candidate/research assistant specializing in electrical engineering to help her file an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition. We evaluated her credentials to determine her chances of securing approval and initiated an attorney-client relationship once we confirmed that she was qualified for the national interest waiver. Her NIW petition dossier contained the following highlights of her research career:

– Our client had published 5 peer-reviewed scientific articles which had collectively garnered 65 citations at the time of filing.

– Our client’s research was focused specifically on the use of graphene to increase thermal conductivity of plastic. Her work was centered on assessing the viability of various graphene-based coatings and thereby, also facilitated improvements on existing electronic technology. It is undeniable that her graphene layer research efforts have a profound impact on the United States’ electronics industry by providing several novel cost-saving methods. As part of our services, our team integrated all this useful information into our client’s NIW dossier.

– It has always been our practice to include letters of recommendation from other experts in the field to bolster our clients’ petitions. In this case, our client managed to obtain 6 recommendation letters from dependent and independent experts who were familiar with her work.

“The United States of America has much to gain from [Client’s] continued contributions to graphene materials; her work is relevant to lucrative electronics industries, and by extension, the nation’s economic welfare. Her studies on graphene laminate films is of particular importance to electronics packaging and design because it aids the development of materials and coatings used to reduce heat damage to electronic interfaces.”

The quote above was made by a prominent associate professor. His letter and the 5 others included in our client’s petition laid a solid foundation for her to secure NIW approval.

As a result of months of hard work, we filed a concise NIW petition on behalf of our client. Despite waiting over 9 months (4-9 months is the normal adjudication period for I-140 petitions), we still had not heard back from the USCIS. This led us to raise a service request on our client’s behalf and not long after, our client received notification of case approval. Although our client waited a lengthy 10 months and 23 days, we are pleased that she secured petition approval, and we wish her the very best as she continues to conduct impactful electrical engineering research in the United States.


We are pleased to announce that North America Immigration Law Group has so far received over 7,500 EB-1A, EB-1B and EB-2 NIW approval notices. In 2015 and 2016, the approval rate is 97.9% for cases using our "Approval or Refund®" (money back guarantee) service and 96.9% for all cases.

Our approval rate is 99.6% for NIW petitions using our "Approval or Refund®" (money back guarantee) service and the overall approval rate for all NIW cases is 99.2%.

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