Success Stories: NIW Petition Approved in Under 2 Months for Postdoctoral Fellow from Iran in the Field of Petroleum Engineering


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On April 27th, 2016, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Field of Petroleum Engineering (Approval Notice).


General Field: Petroleum Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Fellow

Country of Origin: Iran

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Texas

Approval Notice Date: April 27th, 2016

Processing Time: 1 month, 26 days

Case Summary:

Not long ago, a gifted postdoctoral fellow from Iran hired North America Immigration Law Group ( to help him with the first step of the two-part green card process: filing an I-140 petition. After carefully evaluating his credentials, we confirmed that he qualified for EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver).

We were tasked with putting together a strong EB-2 NIW petition on his behalf, and we did it efficiently and effectively. Our client received notification of case approval just 1 month and 26 days after we filed the case on his behalf (on average it takes between 4-9 months). Here are some of the key points his EB-2 NIW petition contained:

  1. Publication Record: When we filed the case, our client had 4 journal articles and 7 conference papers to his name.
  2. Citation Count: Thanks to Google Scholar and similar references, we determined that our client’s work had collected 69 citations at the time of filing.
  3. Peer Review Experience: To demonstrate the importance of our client’s insights and opinions to other researchers working in the field of petroleum engineering, we documented the 29 peer reviews he had conducted for 6 high impact scientific journals.
  4. Research Results: As part of our services, we reviewed our client’s research on improving enhanced oil recovery practices. Based on what we learned, we established that his findings contribute to energy production in the United States. More specifically, his enhanced oil recovery research efforts are contributing to the United States’ energy independence, environmental well-being, and industries that rely on petroleum.

We also incorporated additional evidence that highlighted our client’s impressive capabilities to conduct outstanding fieldwork. For instance, we noted his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and included recommendation letters contributed by other experts in the field. This is what one of these experts had to say about our client: “Due to the expansive influence of his scientific contributions, I consider [Client] to be nearly unsurpassed in our field at the present time.”

We are pleased that our meticulous presentation of our client’s solid credentials resulted in an EB-2 NIW petition approval. We congratulate our client on this milestone and wish him the best as he files an I-485 application (final step in the green card process).


North America Immigration Law Group (Chen Immigration Law Associates) is a U.S. immigration law firm dedicated to representing corporations, research institutions, and individuals from all 50 U.S. states regarding I-140 immigration petitions. We specialize in employment-based immigration petition and have a proven record of high success rate for the categories of: EB2-NIW (National Interest Waiver), EB1-A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB1-B (Outstanding Researcher/Professor).

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