Success Stories: NIW Petition Approved for Postdoctoral Scholar from Pakistan in the Field of Electrical Engineering (based on Matter of Dhanasar)


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On June 19th, 2017, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Field of Electrical Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Electrical Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Scholar

Country of Origin: Pakistan

Service Center: Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Pennsylvania

Approval Notice Date: June 19th, 2017

Processing Time: 15 months, 15 days

Case Summary:

Exactly 15 months and 15 days after North America Immigration Law Group ( filed an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition on behalf of a postdoctoral scholar from Pakistan, the USCIS granted their approval.

With a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and 6 peer-reviewed journal articles (5 of them first-authored) and 8 conference papers, our client seemed like a suitable candidate for the national interest waiver. Before countersigning the retainer agreement, we carefully went through his credentials and asked him questions related to his research to be sure that we could build a strong case for him. Once we determined that we could help our client obtain NIW approval, we got to work gathering a wealth of information pertaining to his work in the field of electrical engineering. Our goal was to present evidence regarding the value of his work to the United States. So how did we do this? For one, we noted his publication record (14 at the time of filing) and the 62 citations gathered from his work.

Furthermore, we listed his research on microelectromechanical systems in the form of micro gas chromatography (µGC) systems for detecting volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Based on the information we had gathered, we were able to persuade the USCIS that our client is contributing to the United States’ ability to monitor air,  water and other samples for VOC identification practically and on a wide scale. For instance, μGC systems can be used for detecting explosives, making them useful for high-security areas like airports. μGC systems also are desired in the medical field, as they offer a non-invasive on-site diagnostic tool for health care providers. We also strengthened the case by including recommendation letters that supported the significance of our client’s work. This statement was extracted from one of these letters: “[Client] is producing groundbreaking scientific work benefiting both academic communities and technologies for improved air quality. His expertise and achievements would be exceptionally difficult to replace were he not able to conduct his research under the best possible conditions.”

Despite the long wait (15.5. months that involved service requests and our client contacting his congressperson), our client finally obtained the national interest waiver and is now one big step closer to his green card. As his NIW petition was approved after December 27th, 2016, it was adjudicated based on the Matter of Dhanasar framework. To learn more about it, please visit

We are pleased to announce that North America Immigration Law Group has so far received over 7,500 EB-1A, EB-1B and EB-2 NIW approval notices. In 2015 and 2016, the approval rate is 97.9% for cases using our "Approval or Refund®" (money back guarantee) service and 96.9% for all cases.

Our approval rate is 99.6% for NIW petitions using our "Approval or Refund®" (money back guarantee) service and the overall approval rate for all NIW cases is 99.2%.

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