Success Stories: NIW Petition Approved in 3.5 Months for Research Associate in Pennsylvania in the Field of Computer Science (Based on Matter of Dhanasar)


Client’s Testimonial:

“Thank you…”

On May 15th, 2017, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Research Associate in the Field of Computer Science (Approval Notice).

General Field: Computer Science

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Associate

Country of Origin: Iran

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Pennsylvania

Approval Notice Date: May 15th, 2017

Processing Time: 3 months, 13 days

Case Summary:

The USCIS approved our client’s EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition nearly 3.5 months after it was filed. It was approved based on the Matter of Dhanasar*, the new analytical framework for assessing eligibility for “national interest waivers”.  Our client, who is an Iranian research associate working in Pennsylvania, wanted to secure a green card and hired North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) to represent her I-140 petition (the first step in the green card process). Our team examined her academic qualifications and considered her a good fit for the NIW category.

Compiling the petition:  

We listed our client’s research projects which focus on wireless communications and networking along with her publication record of 16 peer-reviewed conference and journal articles. The fact that these publications had been cited 91 times at the time of filing showed that her work is relevant to the domestic and international scientific community. We also noted her doctoral degree and demonstrated that she is armed with the skills needed to continue conducting outstanding research.

Selecting the recommendation letters:

[Client] is well ahead of the pack in her research of wireless technologies.”

The quote above was extracted from a recommendation letter signed by another expert in the field of computer science. Several other experts contributed similar recommendation letters which attested to our client’s credentials. In addition, they shed light on the national importance of her research which is beneficial in combatting major cyber threats to the country. Undoubtedly, these letters served as key evidence in the NIW petition and paved the way for case approval.

We congratulate our client on this win, and we thank her for working with us on her I-140 NIW petition. We wish her well as she continues to progress the field of computer science.

*To learn more about Matter of Dhanasar, please head to

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