Success Stories: NIW Petition Approved (based on the Matter of Dhanasar) for Iranian Ph.D. Candidate/Graduate Research Assistant in the Field of Electrical Engineering


Client’s Testimonial:

“That is a great news. Thanks for your help through the process. I really appreciate it.”

On April 26th, 2017, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Ph.D. Candidate/Graduate Research Assistant in the Field of Electrical Engineering (Approval Notice).


General Field: Electrical Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Ph.D. Candidate/Graduate Research Assistant

Country of Origin: Iran

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: California

Approval Notice Date: April 26th, 2017

Processing Time: 1 year

Case Summary:

An electrical engineering expert based in California contacted North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) to help him put together and file an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition. With an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering obtained from a university in his birth country of Iran and various achievements in the field, our client seemed like an appropriate candidate for the national interest waiver.

NIW requirements:

Based on the Matter of Dhanasar, the USCIS adjudicated our client’s petition in reference to his substantial merit and national importance, his position to advance the proposed endeavor, and whether his work is beneficial to the United States to waive the requirements of a job offer and thus of a labor certification.

What did our client’s NIW petition contain?

For one, we listed the 257 citations gathered from our client’s work. We also noted the 23 peer-reviewed journal articles, 5 book chapters and 8 conference papers to his name. Furthermore, we detailed his work on the development and applications of artificially engineered periodic structures and materials (so-called metamaterials) with exotic electromagnetic properties that cannot be achieved using standard materials. We then concluded that his findings contribute to the progress of wireless communication, the development of more efficient satellites, and the United States military’s technological advancements. We also included recommendation letters contributed by our client’s peers, one of whom stated that “Considering the value already realized by [Client’s] research, and the prominent, authoritative nature of his work, it is necessary to ensure that he continue his work in the United States so that he maintains his current trajectory and continues to advance our knowledge in antennas, amplifiers/oscillators, and related communications technologies.”

A year after we filed the NIW petition on our client’s behalf, the USCIS granted their approval. We are pleased that our client is now one big step closer to his goal of obtaining a green card. He also retained us to help him file an I-485 application (the final step in the process), and we are currently awaiting good news from the USCIS. In the meantime, we thank our client for working with us and wish him the best as he continues to advance the field of electrical engineering.

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