Success Stories: Biophysicist in Japan Receives NIW Approval and Is Now Ready for IV Processing


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“Thank you very much for the great news and for your tremendous support throughout the I-140 and RFE processes.”

On October 13th, 2017, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Petitioner in the Field of Biophysics (Approval Notice).

General Field: Biophysics

Country of Origin: Japan

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Outside the US

Approval Notice Date: October 13th, 2017

Processing Time: 7 months, 3 days

Case Summary:

Exactly 7 months and 3 days after North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) filed an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) on behalf of a biophysicist based in Japan, the USCIS granted their approval. With a Ph.D. in Biophysics and 20 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles in the bag, it was clear that our client was a suitable candidate for the national interest waiver. These are some of the key points we focused on to prove that he deserved to secure petition approval:

  • Using Google Scholar, we confirmed that our client’s publications had amassed 335 citations at the time of filing.
  • We noted that his studies on the mechanisms of cell division contribute to the United States’ understanding of how to treat cancer and infertility, two common and costly conditions that affect millions of Americans.
  • We listed the 1 time he conducted a peer review for a well-known scientific journal.

To prove our point, we urged our client to contact a handful of his peers and ask them for recommendation letters. These letters played a crucial role in persuading the USCIS that our client is a respected researcher and that his work greatly benefits the US. Our client secured 4 recommendation letters, one of which contained this statement: “[…] [Client] is one of the foremost researchers in his field, with far more impressive qualifications than most all of his contemporaries.”

We are pleased that our hard work paid off and that our client obtained NIW approval. As he is based outside the US, he cannot adjust his status for permanent residence by filing an I-485 application. Instead, he has to undergo immigrant visa processing in his country of residence. To learn more about this, please visit

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