Success Stories: Comprehensive Petition Led to NIW Approval for an Iranian PhD Candidate and Research Assistant in the Field of Industrial Engineering


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“This is one of the best days of my life. I am delighted to hear that my I-140 application has been approved. I appreciate your help and expertise throughout the whole process, and I am very happy that I trusted you in every step of my NIW application.

On August 16th, 2019, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a PhD Candidate and Research Assistant in the Field of Industrial Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Industrial Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: PhD Candidate and Research Assistant

Country of Origin: Iran

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Texas

Approval Notice Date: August 16th, 2019

Processing Time: 6 months, 19 days

Case Summary:

Considered as a “valuable member of the field of Industrial Engineering”, our client received his I-140 EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval in less than 7 months after filing. His ongoing work is focused on understanding the operational mechanisms of scheduling and developing models to improve scheduling problems in the healthcare and manufacturing industries. In the customized petition letter we drafted, our team successfully argued that our client contributes directly to the improvement of healthcare efficiency of the United States, therefore, his research is in line with issues of government, public interest, and technological advances on a national as well as global scale.

North America Immigration Law Group ( was tasked with presenting specific aspects of our client’s academic portfolio to the USCIS. Our goal was to prove that his research is in the interest of the country’s healthcare and manufacturing industries. Among other things, our presentation was comprised of his publication record of 5 peer-reviewed journal articles that had accumulated 44 citations at the time of filing. Moreover, we noted that he had performed 9 peer reviews for leading journals, which further highlighted his active contributions to the field, and reflects his peers’ recognition of the value of this research.

In addition, several industrial engineering experts contributed letters of recommendation that acknowledged our client’s achievements. According to one of them: “[Client]’s research considerably improves the planning and scheduling techniques of operating rooms, which is an area of research receiving significant attention by both researchers and medical practitioners”.

After 6 months and 19 days of adjudicating our client’s NIW petition, the USCIS acknowledged the meritorious nature of his research and granted him the National Interest waiver. We are pleased that our client is now one big step closer to securing a green card, and we wish him the very best as he continues to carry out impactful research on operations and scheduling models.

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