Success Stories: NIW Petition Approved in Less Than a Month for South Korean Research Scientist in Texas in the Field of Cancer Biology


Client’s Testimonial:

“Thank you very much. I appreciate your help. I didn’t expect it to approve so soon.”

On September 1st, 2016, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Research Scientist in the Field of Cancer Biology (Approval Notice).


General Field: Cancer Biology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Scientist

Country of Origin: South Korea

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Texas

Approval Notice Date: September 1st, 2016

Processing Time: 27 Days

Case Summary:

With 9 publications to his name and 380 citations gathered from his work, our client (a research scientist from South Korea) seemed like a suitable candidate for EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver). After carefully evaluating his credentials, North America Immigration Law Group ( confirmed that we could build a strong case on our client’s behalf and subsequently initiated a privileged attorney-client relationship.

Putting together an EB-2 NIW petition:

Our client’s petition dossier contained a myriad of information related to his work in the field of cancer biology. From his research on the preventative effects of natural agents in fighting cancer and characterizing the molecular mechanisms involved in cancer growth and progression, to the benefits of his work to the US, we documented it all. Based on what we gathered, we were able to demonstrate to the USCIS that our client’s research results directly contribute to improving therapeutic and diagnostic procedures for cancer. Additionally, his curcumin research efforts are contributing to the United States’ health care systems.

Adding on additional evidence:

Besides understanding and accounting for our client’s investigations, we also incorporated recommendation letters signed by other experts working in the field of cancer biology. From New York to Seoul, our client’s peers are made up of internationally renowned researchers, and this ensured that the USCIS took into account their strong opinions on our client’s research efforts. According to one of these experts: “The quality of [Client’s] research is truly exceptional, and few experts, if any, are working as productively and efficiently as he is, as evidenced by the important medical benefits that his research boasts.” Another expert stated that “[Client’s] production of original and operative research meets this demand, and clearly distinguishes him from his peers in the field.” 

We are pleased that we were able to prove the importance of allowing our client to remain in the US to conduct his research. It only took the USCIS 27 days to approve our client’s EB-2 NIW petition, and we congratulate our client on this huge milestone. We are currently helping our client and his family adjust their status for permanent residence by preparing and soon enough, filing, I-485 applications. We look forward to positive news from the USCIS and thank our client for trusting us to help him navigate and conquer the complex green card process.

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