Success Stories: Iranian Structural Engineer in New York in the Field of Structural Engineering Secured NIW Petition Approval Followed by Green Card

Client’s Testimonial:

“Thank you very much for your great job!”

On June 12th, 2017, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Structural Engineer in the Field of Structural Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Structural Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Structural Engineer

Country of Origin: Iran

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: New York

Approval Notice Date: June 12th, 2017

Processing Time: 13 months, 6 days

Case Summary:

The USICS spent longer than usual adjudicating our client’s EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition—it usually takes them between 4-9 months to process I-140 petitions but in this case, they spent over 13 months doing so. However, we are pleased that our client was granted the national interest waiver. Even better than that, he received the good news that his I-485 application had also been approved roughly 4 months later. He is now an official US permanent resident and we congratulate him for accomplishing this major goal.

Concurrent Filing:

The reason our client’s I-485 application was approved so soon after his I-140 is because he chose to file them both concurrently. There are several benefits to concurrent filing, the first of which gives the USCIS a head start in processing his I-485 application. Additionally, he obtained his Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and travel documents (AP) after filing I-765 and I-131 applications based on his I-485. To learn more about concurrent filing, please visit

Building our client’s NIW case:

As part of our services, we worked diligently to obtain a wealth of information related to our client’s work in the field of structural engineering. We convinced the USCIS that his work has directly contributed to the safety of coastal cities, and the wellbeing of their inhabitants. Additionally, we informed them that our client’s research efforts are contributing to the United States’ ability to set codes and standards for buildings and structures in these high-impact areas.

We also noted our client’s 9 peer-reviewed journal articles (five of them first-authored), 7 conference papers, and 3 publically-available reports. We then detailed the 48 citations collected from his work. To further fortify our client’s NIW petition, we included letters of recommendation from a handful of his peers, one of whom stated the following: “[Client’s] unique work is vital to a country like the United States because it leads to safer buildings, providing information integral to the structural engineering research area.”

Once again, we congratulate our client for obtaining a green card, and we thank him for trusting North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) to lead him across the finish line.

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