Success Stories: Neuroscience Postdoctoral Research Associate from Nepal Receives NIW Petition Approval (34 Citations, 7 Publications)


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On May 3rd, 2017, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Field of Neuroscience (Approval Notice).

General Field: Neuroscience

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Country of Origin: Nepal

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Missouri

Approval Notice Date: May 3rd, 2017

Processing Time: 11 months, 21 days

Case Summary:

A postdoctoral research associate from Nepal hired North America Immigration Law Group ( to file an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) on his behalf. With a doctoral degree and extensive experience conducting relevant neuroscience fieldwork, he seemed like an appropriate candidate for the national interest waiver. We validated his credentials by asking him specific questions regarding his professional background and after confirming that we could help him obtain NIW approval, we countersigned the retainer agreement and got to work on his case.

Laying the foundation:

We left no stone unturned and by the time we were ready to file our client’s NIW petition, we had gathered a wealth of information regarding his influential work on the behavioral, neuronal, and cognitive process of human decision-making in the social and the perceptual domain. Based on the data we had gathered, we were able to prove to the USCIS that our client’s research results have directly contributed to our understanding of human brain function and dysfunction, including a number of mental disorders and psychiatric illnesses. Additionally, his research efforts to uncover the mystery of brain functions and its functional networks are contributing to the United States’ healthcare system.

Supporting the case:

To prove that our client’s work is beneficial to the United States, we encouraged him to obtain recommendation letters from his peers. The six letters that he gathered were incorporated into his petition packet, and they staunchly supported the approval of his NIW petition. According to one of these letters, our client’s “… unduplicated achievements thus far confirm his standing as a knowledgeable neuroscientist at the forefront of his highly specialized field.” We also listed the 34 times his work was cited by other researchers and the 7 publications in his name.

Although it took the USCIS longer than usual to grant our client case approval (they spent nearly a year adjudicating his case instead of the expected 4-9 months), we are nonetheless pleased that he is one step closer to his green card. We thank him for choosing our firm to represent his NIW petition, and we wish him the best as he continues to conduct his research.

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