Success Stories: Customized NIW Petition Approved in 7 Months for an Indonesian Postdoctoral Researcher in the Field of Astrophysics


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On July 22nd, 2019, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Field of Astrophysics (Approval Notice).

General Field: Astrophysics

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Researcher

Country of Origin: Indonesia

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Ohio

Approval Notice Date: July 22nd, 2019

Processing Time: 6 months, 18 days

Case Summary:

Exactly 6 months and 18 days after North America Immigration Law Group ( filed an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition for a postdoctoral researcher from Indonesia, the USCIS approved his case. With a doctoral degree and ample experience conducting astrophysics research, it came as no surprise that our client secured the National Interest Waiver (NIW).

As we have unprecedented insight into how the USCIS adjudicates I-140 petitions, we built our client’s case based on Matter of Dhanasar, the framework used by the USCIS to determine NIW eligibility. We carefully reviewed and summarized his work on the properties of cold gas in a galaxy and their ability to form stars which helps further understanding of the mechanics of our galaxy. More efficient and accurate astronomical research as such is critical to the country since learning the full histories of stars and galaxies, is in turn necessary for discovering environments hospitable to the development of life, and contributes to more valuable outer space exploration programs.

At the time when his case was filed, our client has accumulated 162 citations from his 13 peer-reviewed journal articles, along with the 2 times he conducted peer reviews for well-known scientific journals. These evidences exemplify himself as a leading expert within his field, and overall, we made it clear that his work is of great value to the US and that his unique skills will greatly benefit the nation.

To support his NIW petition, our client also reached out to several of his peers and asked them to contribute recommendation letters. The 4 letters he received played an important role in securing petition approval as they provided the USCIS with subjective evidence that our client is widely respected within the scientific community. For instance, this is what one of his recommenders noted regarding his publications: “When our understanding of space and our effort in space exploration are more efficient and effective, it is more aligned with the American people’s priorities. As a result, [Client]’s research benefits the nation by providing accurate information and by ensuring that the budget for space research is used correctly and productively”.

With close to 15,000 approved I-140 cases in the bag, our firm is pleased to have helped yet another client get closer to a green card. We congratulate him for the win, and we guarantee our ongoing support as he adjusts his status for US permanent residency.

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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