Success Stories: NIW Petition Adjudicated and Approved Based on Matter of Dhanasar for Iranian Doctoral Candidate in the Field of Electrical Engineering


Client’s Testimonial:

“I would like to inform you that I have received my I-140 approval notice. Many thanks for your time and support.”

On June 15th, 2017, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Doctoral Candidate in the Field of Electrical Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Electrical Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Doctoral Candidate

Country of Origin: Iran

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: New Jersey

Approval Notice Date: June 15th, 2017

Processing Time: 3 months, 25 days

Case Summary:

Less than 4 months after North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) filed an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition on behalf of an Iranian doctoral candidate, the USCIS approved his case. As the USCIS usually spends between 4-9 months processing I-140 petitions, we are very pleased that our client did not have to wait long before receiving notification of case approval.

What did his NIW petition packet contain?

We left no stone unturned and gathered as much information related to our client’s work in the field of electrical engineering. The many years that he has spent conducting impactful research have led to various achievements such as 7 publications that have been cited 60 times. We also detailed the 15 times our client conducted peer reviews for several prominent scientific journals.

We also included recommendation letters contributed by other expert electrical engineers. These letters provided subjective evidence that our client’s work is of great importance to the US and that on balance, it would be beneficial to the United States to waive the job offer and labor certification requirements. For instance, these are quotes extracted from a couple of these letters:

“This utilization of his work shows not only the relevance of his research to the scientific community, but also speaks to the clarity and flexibility of his studies to be adapted for use in other scientific applications.”

“[Client] is a talented researcher particularly well-suited to address contemporary challenges in the study of data center telecommunication engineering, and it is clear that his accomplishments are of the highest standard and that he is a very skilled researcher.”

We worked diligently to prove that our client’s research results have directly contributed to furtherance of the data storage industry. Additionally, we demonstrated that his research efforts are contributing to the United States’ energy independence and general environmental sustainability. We congratulate our client for securing the national interest waiver, and we thank him for retaining us to help him adjust his status for permanent residence.

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