Success Stories: NIW Petition Approved (based on Matter of Dhanasar) for Project Manager/Engineer in Texas in the Field of Environmental Engineering


Client’s Testimonial:

“Thank you for helping me with the I-140 application. The Chen Immigration Team did a thorough job of researching my projects and prepared an excellent petition. When I read the petition, I felt that their writeup was much better than what I could have come up with on my own research and projects.”

On May 27th, 2017, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Project Manager/Engineer in the Field of Environmental Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Environmental Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Project Manager/Engineer

Country of Origin: India

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Texas

Approval Notice Date: May 27th, 2017

Processing Time: 8 months, 25 days

Case Summary:

Exactly 8 months and 25 days after North America Immigration Law Group ( filed an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition for a project manager/engineer from India, the USCIS approved it. As our client’s petition was approved after December 27th, 2017, it was adjudicated based on Matter of Dhanasar, the new analytical framework for assessing eligibility for “national interest waivers”. To learn more about this framework, please visit

The contents of our client’s NIW petition packet was comprised of a wealth of information, most notably several key points. For one, we noted the 38 citations gathered from our client’s 1 scientific article. We also paid attention to his work on protecting human health and natural resources by performing research and engineering work.

Overall, our goal was to prove to the USCIS that our client’s work has substantial merit and is extremely beneficial to the United States. After carefully reviewing and understanding his research in the field of environmental engineering, we established that our client’s research results have directly contributed to the comprehensive understanding of the effects of harmful contaminants on biological life and natural resources. Additionally, his research and implementation efforts in groundwater sampling, vapor intrusion, site remediation, air quality management, spill prevention, and refinery fenceline monitoring are contributing to the United States’ overall advancement of environmental science and engineering community.

In a bid to strengthen our client’s NIW petition further, we urged him to collect recommendation letters from a handful of his peers. Our client promptly returned with six signed letters, one of which contained this statement: “Due to [Client’s] uncommon professional accomplishments and perspective as a top scientist and engineer in environmental engineering, his ongoing presence in the United States is especially critical to further advancements in this fundamental field.” We have also advised him to collect testimonial letters from the companies he served as a consultant to emphasize the importance of his work. These letters, along with the wealth of information that we had gathered regarding our client’s accomplishments proved that he is one of only a small handful of environmental engineers carrying out such impactful work.

We congratulate our client for obtaining the national interest waiver, and we thank him for choosing us to represent his NIW case.

North America Immigration Law Group (Chen Immigration Law Associates) is a U.S. immigration law firm dedicated to representing corporations, research institutions, and individuals from all 50 U.S. states regarding I-140 immigration petitions. We specialize in employment-based immigration petition and have a proven record of high success rate for the categories of: EB2-NIW (National Interest Waiver), EB1-A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB1-B (Outstanding Researcher/Professor).

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