Success Stories: Ph.D. Candidate in the Field of Mechanical Engineering with Approved NIW is Now Ready for IV Processing outside the US


Client’s Testimonial:

“Thank you for this very good news! I am very grateful for your thoroughly professional service and have strongly recommended your firm to several university colleagues of mine who want to pursue careers in the US.”

On January 18th, 2018, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Ph.D. Candidate in the Field of Mechanical Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Mechanical Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Ph.D. Candidate

Country of Origin: Pakistan

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

Approval Notice Date: January 18th, 2018

Processing Time: 4 Months, 28 Days

Case Summary:

Nearly 5 months after North America Immigration Law Group ( filed a personalized EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition for a doctoral candidate based outside the US, the USCIS approved the case. We are pleased that our hard work paid off and that the USCIS was convinced that our client’s research on combustion is extremely beneficial to the US.

What did the customized NIW petition highlight?

Specifically, we built a case that proved the following:

– Our client holds an advanced degree, namely a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

– Our client’s work is particularly valuable to the US because it involves improving the energy efficiency of petroleum-based fuel engines as well as improving air quality by decreasing pollutant emissions, including greenhouse gases.

– Our client intends to pursue research related to combustion, particularly the development of novel techniques for the measurement of gas properties in combustion systems.

– Our client’s research benefits the US even assuming other qualified U.S. workers are available.

Among other things, evidence such as the 95 times our client’s one dozen publications were cited, his CV, and five recommendation letters were included in the NIW petition dossier. The recommendation letters were contributed by other experts working in the field of mechanical engineering, one of whom noted the following in his letter: “In sum, [Client’s’] outstanding scientific investigations have tremendous significance for combustion research communities in the United States and abroad.” Another recommender had this to say about our client’s work: “… the continuation of [Client’s] research should be a high priority for the United States.”

We are pleased that our client secured the national interest waiver, and we thank him for retaining our Immigrant Visa Processing services. To learn more, please visit

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