Success Stories: Geographic Information Science Expert in New Jersey Receives NIW Petition Approval a Year after Filing


Client’s Testimonial:

“Thank you so much!”

On June 2nd, 2017, we received another NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Petitioner in the Field of Geographic Information Science (Approval Notice).

General Field: Geographic Information Science

Position at the Time of Case Filing: N/A

Country of Origin: China

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: New Jersey

Approval Notice Date: June 2nd, 2017

Processing Time: 12 months, 17 days

Case Summary:

North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) was hired to file an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition for a geographic information science expert from China. Despite the relatively low amount of scholarship activity in the field, our client had successfully published 7 peer reviewed articles and made a name for himself amongst his peers. When we filed his EB-2 NIW petition, these publications had already gathered a total of 23 citations and had garnered praise from members of the scientific community, many of whom had supportive things to say about our client’s work on GIS.

In preparing our client’s NIW petition, our team carefully consolidated his academic and professional achievements and backed these up with letters of recommendation. One of the recommenders, an esteemed professor, acknowledged our client’s research contributions by stating: “I see his publications in these areas as a rich source of findings and methods for other researchers in the field. And, because there isn’t as much publication activity in our area of focus, [Client’s] papers are all the more important for the ways they have deepened knowledge related to several important GIS topics.”

Our client’s innovative research in devising methods for natural resource and biodiversity monitoring has significantly progressed the study of geographical sciences, and we were successful in proving that the field, and the nation at large, will continue to benefit from his study. As another one of our client’s recommenders wrote: “…I think he has demonstrated that he has a unique set of skills and perspective that have helped him stand out from others in the field. He brings enough experience and expertise to the table that supporting his continued research in the United States was an easy decision for me to make.”   

The entire adjudication process took over a year, but we are pleased that our client finally obtained NIW approval. We congratulate him and look forward to helping him with the final step of the green card process (filing an I-485 application) when his priority date becomes current. To garner more information regarding current cut-off dates, please refer to

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