Success Stories: Canada-based Iranian Student Pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering Receives NIW Approval in 2.5 Months (based on Matter of Dhanasar)


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On April 24th, 2017, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a PhD Candidate in the Field of Mechanical Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Mechanical Engineering

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

Country of Origin: Iran

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Outside the US

Approval Notice Date: April 24th, 2017

Processing Time: 2 months, 16 days

Case Summary:

An Iranian doctoral student at a leading university in Canada approached North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) to represent his EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) case. After going through his credentials, we concluded that his studies are of great value to the United States as they focus on nanostructures, vibrations of beams and plates, biosystems, wave propagations, chaotic systems, and sloshing—elements important to civil engineering projects and automotive and aerospace industries.

As the next step, we carefully handpicked the following information to be included in his NIW petition:

  • Our client’s phenomenal publication record of 32 peer-reviewed journal articles and 20 conference articles draws attention to his high standing as a distinguished researcher who has accomplished much while still pursuing his doctoral degree.
  • His citation record of 583 indicates the relevant nature of these studies for other mechanical engineers in the US and around the world.
  • His achievements have drawn words of praise from other influential figures in the field, one of whom wrote the following in his recommendation letter: “This figure demonstrates that other scientists in the field of mechanical engineering are frequently utilizing his findings as a basis for their own work. Consequently, it is unmistakable that [Client] has made considerable contributions to the larger scientific community.
  • His contributions to the research community extended to the peer review work that he has conducted for prominent journals in the field. At the time of filing, our client had already conducted 16 reviews for a handful of journals, was an editorial board member of one journal, and served as an associate editor of another.

It usually takes 4-9 months for the USICS to adjudicate I-140 petitions, but we received notification of approval in just 2.5 months. We are pleased that our client obtained the national interest waiver—which was adjudicated based on Matter of Dhanasar, the analytical framework for assessing eligibility for “national interest waivers”— and we wish him the best as he undergoes Immigrant Visa Processing, which is the last step in the green card process for applicants residing outside the US.

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