Success Stories: NIW Petition Approved in 2 Months for Petrophysics Specialist from Iran in the Field of Petroleum Engineering


Client’s Testimonial:

“Thanks a lot for the hard work. I am glad it turned out very well and I got the approval pretty fast!”

On April 14, 2016, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Petrophysics Specialist in the Field of Petroleum Engineering (Approval Notice).


General Field: Petroleum Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Petrophysics Specialist

Country of Origin: Iran

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Texas

Approval Notice Date: April 14, 2016

Processing Time: 2 months, 3 days


Case Summary:

Just 2 months and 3 days after we filed an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition for a petrophysics specialist from Iran, the USCIS took action on his petition and granted their approval. We are pleased that our diligent efforts in preparing a strong petition for our client resulted in such accelerated adjudication and ultimately, an approval notice.

Our client is fully qualified for the national interest waiver, and North America Immigration Law Group ( went to great lengths to prove it to the USCIS. We noted his 26 conference presentations and journal articles as well as his 2 book chapters. Additionally we highlighted his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering, the 62 times his work was cited, and the 19 times he assessed the work of his peers for various scientific journals. We demonstrated to the USCIS that our client’s research ventures on the characterization and recovery of unconventional reservoirs (shale gas and oil) and innovations in nuclear magnetic resonance logging contribute to the United States’ energy independence.

Besides listing hard facts, we also included third-party opinions into our client’s EB-2 NIW petition packet. Our client persuaded six experts in the field to lend their support by signing strong testimonials concerning the importance of his work to the U.S. and his standing as a leader in the field. Here is what one of his recommenders had to say: “Compelling me to offer my commendation of [Client’s] extraordinary skills and work as a petrophysicist is my perspective that his special talents have set him apart from other nominally qualified peers. He is a unique talent who cannot be replaced if he is unable to continue his work in the United States. Thus, I submit this letter and urge the nation to take advantage of the opportunity to keep [Client] in the country, where he will undoubtedly continue to put his skills to work in the most useful way, to the benefit of the entire nation and world.”

Our client opted to file his I-485 application himself with the help of our comprehensive D.I.Y. Packet. As the final step in the lengthy green card process, the approval of his I-485 application will bring about new beginnings for our client in the form of American permanent residency. We wish him the best with this and thank him for selecting our law firm to represent his EB-2 NIW petition.


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