Success Stories: A Mexican Research Associate in Molecular Biology Obtains NIW Approval in Less Than 5 Months, Thanks to Our Team’s Help


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On May 13th, 2022, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Research Associate in the Field of Molecular Biology (Approval Notice).

General Field: Molecular Biology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Associate

Country of Origin: Mexico

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Michigan

Approval Notice Date: May 13th, 2022

Processing Time: 4 months, 20 days

Case Summary:

A Mexican expert in molecular biology who wanted to continue his research on the study of cellular and molecular responses in flowering plants, using a certain plant as a model system, came to NAILG seeking help with his NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition. Once our team had ascertained the value of his work for the field and the country, we took the step forward and signed the retainer with him. Going through his documents, we soon found that his work was aimed at characterizing plants’ response to abiotic factors, mainly those affected by salt stress. This made it evident that his research advancing his proposed endeavor is of great importance because it helps address global food insecurity.

In order to enhance food security, the United Nations recommends doubling the agricultural productivity of small-scale food producers. Accordingly, researchers have been exploring the use of nanotechnology to attain sustainable growth in agriculture. Our client’s research substantially contributes to this goal in multiple ways. First, his work improves our understanding of the responses of plants when facing nanomaterials and environmental factors, including exposure to salt excess in soil. His research has also demonstrated that nanomaterials are able to boost productivity and improve the nutritional value of important forage crops, such as alfalfa.

Due to his knowledge and expertise in molecular plant physiology, agricultural science, and enzymology, he has been regularly invited to conduct peer reviews for authoritative journals in the field, including at least 28 reviews to date. His research has resulted in more than 24 peer-reviewed journal articles (7 of them first-authored) and 1 first-authored book chapter. So far, his research articles have been cited a total of 387 times according to Google Scholar. Hence, in the 5 years he has spent working on projects in the field, he has made substantial contributions in order to ellucidate how plants respond to abiotic factors at cellular and molecular levels.

Thus, it soon became clear that his proposed endeavor had broad implications for the United States. Soil salinization is considered one of the central problems for agricultural production, food security, and sustainability in the U.S., especially in the arid and semi-arid regions of the country. Thus, when his case approval came through in May, we were very happy to be the power tools that drove his NIW approval and we look forward to his work further benefiting the United States and the world.

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