Success Stories: A Ph.D. Candidate in the Field of Mechanical Engineering Obtains NIW (National Interest Waiver) & I-485 Approval Due to Our Diligent Efforts.


Client’s Testimonial:

“There is no alternative to Chen Immigration Attorneys for Research based Green Card aspirants! They are not only excellent in their law/paperwork, but also equally energetic and enthusiast in comprehending the client’s work in science and engineering. I really appreciate their effort in understanding my PhD research work and shaping a great petition file which got accepted by USCIS without any further RFE. They thought of every possible question USCIS might ask, and arranged all evidence systematically. It was truly a pleasure and a great satisfaction to work with Chen’s Firm.”

On July 12th, 2021, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Ph.D. candidate in the field of Mechanical Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Mechanical Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Ph.D. Candidate

Country of Origin: Nepal

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: New York

Approval Notice Date: July 12th, 2021

Processing Time: 8 months, 24 days

Case Summary:

A Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering from Nepal came to the North America Immigration Law Group to be represented for his NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition. Our client’s proposed research was on using thermal management, nanofabrication, computational fluid dynamics, and nanoscale transport phenomena to develop novel techniques for energy harnessing, electronics cooling, and water desalination. Our team undertook rigorous steps to find out the actual value of his work and his academic degrees as well as his capability at conducting such research. With 25,000+ case approvals, we at NAILG are uniquely positioned to conduct this kind of case study and take on the client’s adjudication requests. We looked for the following few qualities in the client:

Excellence in academics and research:
His research in fluid transport and heat transfer in multiscale geometry to improve energy harnessing, electronics cooling, water desalination, and the understanding of certain biological flows will continue to influence others in the field. His research has thus resulted in 7 peer-reviewed journal articles (3 of them first-authored) and 1 first-authored conference article. Moreover, these papers have been published in the top journals of the field and have been cited for 32 times, reflecting his peers’ recognition of the value of this work. He has also completed 12 peer reviews.

Grants and financial aids from research centers in the US:
Our client’s study has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the United States Office of Naval Research. This funding supports projects that substantially enhance the scientific capacities of the United States as well as national security. It proved to us the ongoing value of his work to the United States of America.

Letters of support from experts in the field:
Letters of recommendation or support tell us further the importance of the client’s research to his peers and corroborates the client’s value for the United States. Some of the recommenders had the following to say about our client:

“[Client’s] findings provide crucial guidance as to how to maximize waste heat recovery and utilization for superior thermal management. Consequently, his work has significant economic and environmental benefits. Furthermore, the overall success of the projects demonstrates [Client’s]distinct skillset in numerical simulation and experimental techniques, which serves him well in his ongoing endeavors in the field.”

“As such, [client’s]work is of paramount importance to the sustainable reshaping of the American energy landscape. The additional relevance of [client’s]work to water desalination, artificial organ design, and other technologies only add to its value.”

We saw to it that our client’s request was successful and throughout the adjudication time of 8 months, he felt supported by the best of our lawyers and team members. We wish him all the very best and we are certain of his success in his chosen field. We thank him further for retaining us for his I-485 application.

North America Immigration Law Group (Chen Immigration Law Associates) is a U.S. immigration law firm dedicated to representing corporations, research institutions, and individuals from all 50 U.S. states regarding I-140 immigration petitions. We specialize in employment-based immigration petition and have a proven record of high success rate for the categories of: EB2-NIW (National Interest Waiver), EB1-A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability), EB1-B (Outstanding Researcher/Professor) and O-1 (Alien of Extraordinary Ability).

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