Success Story: EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) for a Postdoc Research Associate in the field of Material Science

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Dear [Chen Immigration Team], Thank you very much for your kind help in filing my application. I have been very satisfied with your expertise once you drafted the recommendation letters and that was why I referred you to several of my friends (couple of whom already signed contract with your firm) and I will continue to refer you to others as you did an excellent job.



On April 8th, 2013, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) Approval for a Postdoc Research Associate in the field of Material Science. (Approval Notice)

General Field: Material Science
Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoc Research Associate
National Origin: Iran
Service Center: Texas (TSC)
Processing Time: 56 days
State Residing at the Time of Filing: Texas

Case Summary:

Sometimes we at Chen Immigration Law Associates receive cases where we know we must compensate for areas of a client’s petition that are considered weak. In this case our client was a researcher in the field of material science. Even though he had obtained a good number of citations with regard to his work, something that the USCIS looks favorably upon, none of these works were published with him acting as a first author. Typically when this is the case, we at Chen Immigration Law Associates find other areas of our client’s portfolio to bring about evidence to prove that our client is exceptional with regards to the national interest.

A common approach we take at Chen Immigration Law Associates is to find a ‘bigger picture’ issue that is addressed within our client’s research, and then use independent advisory letters to support its claim. Specifically in this case, we illustrated that our client’s research was both national in scope and will significantly benefit the United States if he is able to continue to perform his research at a US institution. By linking our client’s research to a ‘bigger picture’ issue such as national infrastructure we were able to develop a case that would be irrefutable for approval. We did this by working with those who wrote this client’s independent advisory opinions where they explained the importance of our client’s research with regards to the national interest.

These individuals had this to say about our client: “The U.S. transportation system supports more than 10% of our gross national product and affects the daily life of millions of people. Approximately 20% of household expenditure is on transportation. Due to a lack of maintenance, use, and misuse, many aspects of our transportation infrastructure are deteriorating at an alarming rate and must be reconstructed or rehabilitated. In addition, the damage to the pavement from heavy truck loads is evident to users of U.S. highways and represents a serious challenge that manifests itself in accelerated deterioration of the pavement surface as well as beneath the surface. Such deterioration is hazardous and costly…In short, Dr. X is conducting valuable research that will improve our roads and transportation infrastructures through increasing the highway system’s service life while reducing its rehabilitation cost and users delay and enhance its sustainability.”

Using this proven strategy, while correctly articulating the importance surrounding this client’s valued work, we at Chen Immigration Law Associates were able to secure approval for this petition on April 8th, 2013.

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