Success Stories: NIW Petition Approved for Iranian Student Researcher in California in the Field of Electrical Engineering (Based on Matter of Dhanasar)


Client’s Testimonial:

“Thanks very much for all your help, I am glad that it finally happened.”

On April 28th, 2017, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Student Researcher in the Field of Electrical Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Electrical Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Student Researcher

Country of Origin: Iran

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: California

Approval Notice Date: April 28th, 2017

Processing Time: 11 months, 19 days

Case Summary:

A Ph.D. candidate with an extensive background in circuit and system design and machine learning algorithms approached North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) to help him secure EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval. Taking note of the important nature of his studies that immensely benefit the United States (by optimizing technology to improve the performance of health monitoring systems), we concluded that he was a good fit for the national interest waiver.

We included details of his electrical engineering research and of the 6 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles (1 of them first-authored) that have resulted from it. The fact that these studies had amassed 93 citations at the time of filing proved the importance of his work to his peers in the field. This was also reinforced by the recommendation letters that were incorporated into the petition, as is apparent in the following statement made by a prominent professor: “Few researchers escalate to the top of their chosen field in such a short time, but [Client’s] continuous success makes his elite standing as an engineering researcher unsurprising. He is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding minds currently working in the field.”

As it usually takes the USCIS between 4-9 months to take action on I-140 petitions, we raised a service request on our client’s behalf once the case went beyond the normal processing time. After waiting more than 11 months, we were extremely pleased to finally receive notification of case approval. We congratulate our client on this win and thank him for working with us.

*As our client’s petition was approved after December 27th, 2016, it was processed based on the recent AAO decision (Matter of Dhanasar*) which established a new analytical framework to assess eligibility for NIW. To learn more about Matter of Dhanasar, please head to

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