Success Stories: NIW Petition Approved for Indian Agricultural Sciences Researcher Based in Minnesota


Client’s Testimonial:

“I have got approval notice from USCIS about my NIW I-140. They have approved the case. Thank you!

On March 4th, 2019, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest 7Waiver) approval for a Researcher in the Field of Agricultural Sciences (Approval Notice).

General Field: Agricultural Sciences

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Researcher

Country of Origin: India

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Minnesota

Approval Notice Date: March 4th, 2019

Processing Time: 6 months, 20 days

Case Summary:

An India-born agricultural sciences researcher sought assistance from America Immigration Law Group ( to help her with the first step of the green card process: filing an I-140 petition. It took the USCIS less than 7 months to process our client’s EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition. Based on the framework set by Matter of Dhanasar, we submitted evidence proving that our client qualified for a national interest waiver. Thanks to the detailed NIW petition packet which we prepared and filed on our client’s behalf, she is now one big step closer to US permanent residency.

With a PhD in Environment and Natural Resources, out client’s research is of great importance to the US because it contributes to crop stability, a rising concern as climate change continues to affect agricultural productivity. Her research also directly impacts world hunger issues as her agricultural management work concerns the production of rice, wheat and maize. She works to increase crop yields and improve soil properties in order to meet the food needs of the growing global population.

Her expertise and experience is evident through her publication record of 15 peer-reviewed journal articles and 4 peer-reviewed conference proceedings which have been cited a total of 73 times. She has also conducted 30 peer-reviews for 5 highly acclaimed journals in the field. As our client frequently provides valuable feedback for other researchers in the discipline as a peer reviewer, this demonstrated her important and respected standing in the field of agricultural sciences.

Beside listing our client’s achievements, we delved into a number of our client’s research projects and reinforced her case by consolidating recommendation letters signed by other distinguished experts in the field. According to one of the 5 letters our client collected: “[Client]’s work is significant not only for the agricultural region of the Upper Midwest but also for those seeking to increase the United States’ use of renewable energy. Biofuel is increasingly being used as a renewable alternative to fossil fuels. Indeed, the United States is a top producer of biofuel, largely in the form of ethanol derived from processed corn. In 2016, 37% of the U.S. corn supply was diverted to ethanol production. For this reason, biofuel has attracted criticism by experts who claim that the rampant use of corn as fuel has driven up global food prices. Therefore, [Client]’s research opens a new avenue of an abundant supply of biofuels made from inedible alternatives. [Client]’s research demonstrates how farmers can increase their production of biofuel while also maximizing profits, diversifying crops, and restoring soil health. All of these advantages amount to a substantial windfall for the American economy, agricultural output, and environmental stability. Therefore, [Client]’s research demonstratively aids the continued progress of the United States.”

We are glad that our client has surpassed this first, significant hurdle in the green card process, and we truly appreciate our client for trusting us with the preparation of her case and for giving us an opportunity to be a part of her success story.

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