Success Stories: Associate from Iran based in California in the field of Economics Secures NIW Approval in Less than 7 Months


Client’s Testimonial:

“I had a very smooth and pleasant experience working with Chen Immigration Law Associates (CILA) to prepare my NIW application. I am very happy with the time that was spent on preparing the petition and supporting material as well as the quality of these documents(…). Thank you all so much for the time that you spent on my petition and for your great support.

On May 21st, 2019, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for an Associate in the Field of Economics (Approval Notice).

General Field: Economics

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Associate

Country of Origin: Iran

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: California

Approval Notice Date: May 21st, 2019

Processing Time: 6 months, 8 days

Case Summary:

North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) recently received an approval notice for an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition that we filed on behalf of an Iranian associate with PhD in Economic Analysis and Policy. Our client’s research centered on analyzing the socio-economic impact of public policies, which holds significant implications for economic growth and prosperity for the U.S.

One of the first steps we took was to analyze our client’s credentials. First, we elaborated on his research that focuses on determining how government investments impact education, which is a fundamental factor of great value to the United States. In the petition letter, we noted his 4 peer-reviewed journal articles, 5 working papers, and 4 book chapters that showcased his consistent contributions to the field. The fact that these publications had been cited a total of 53 times at the time of filing proved that his work is of immense value to other researchers in the field. Besides, he had also conducted at least 6 peer reviews for several renowned journals and conferences.

In a bid to bolster our client’s EB-2 NIW petition, we urged him to ask other experts in the field of economics to furnish us with recommendation letters. Our client returned with six signed letters, all of which fortified our claim that he is doing important work for the country. According to one of his recommenders: “[Client] has applied his skills to advance the quality of life and prospects of struggling communities all over the world, especially those residing in developing countries. (…) [Client] is one of few economists who has devoted years of research to ascertaining the fiscal impact of refugees on the international trade of their host countries. His findings provide a crucial foundation for defining the most effective ways for refugees to participate in and benefit from the economies of their host countries”.

We are pleased that our diligent efforts lent a hand in case approval, and we congratulate our client for getting one step closer to a green card. North America Immigration Law Group ( would like to thank him for placing his trust in us, and we wish him well as he continues to progress in the field of economics.

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