Success Stories: A Ph.D. Student from Germany Pursuing Brain and Cognitive Sciences Secured I-140 (NIW) Approval After Presenting a Personalized Petition


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“Everything went well and I’m glad I went with Chen Immigration Attorneys. I was deliberating doing it all by myself, but I’m glad I didn’t, since this was so much easier, and I felt assured throughout the process that everything was done to maximize my chances of securing approval. Communication was easy through the webtool and the instructional documents were clear. I’m also happy that the attorneys suggested to go with only one independent reference in my particular case, since getting references just adds extra time and is a hassle. All around happy with my experience.”

On March 19th, 2021, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Ph.D. Student in the Field of Biomedical Science (Approval Notice).

General Field: Biomedical Science

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

Country of Origin: Germany

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Massachusetts

Approval Notice Date: March 19th, 2021

Processing Time: 9 months

Case Summary:

Holder of a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in molecular medicine, our client contacted North America Immigration Law Group to help him in filing an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition on his behalf. Before taking his case, we evaluated his academic and professional credits and decided to convince the USCIS of our client’s continued support to the United States.

After a thorough evaluation, our associated team was certain of his proposed research focusing on using animal modeling and microglia-specific tools to elucidate the functional role of microglia and white matter abnormalities in Alzheimer’s disease and autism spectrum disorder, which has great importance because it addresses the need for new developments in the diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders.

To validate the mentioned facts further, we also incorporated the following details in his petition packet:

  • We noted the 8 peer-reviewed journal articles (5 of them first-authored) and 1 first-authored book chapter he had published in no fewer than 3 highly ranked peer-reviewed journals in the biomedical science field, which altogether accumulated 279 citations, reflecting his peers’ recognition of the significance of his research. Besides, we analyzed that many of his papers have been among the most cited in the field, implying both the originality and importance of his methods and results.
  • Moreover, we highlighted that his experience and expertise in the field are highly appreciated by his peers and government interest as his work has been supported by funding from notable institutions i.e., the National Institute of Mental Health, the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation, and the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative. This is an unusually strong record of progress for a researcher in the biomedical science field and demonstrates his ability to continue pursuing his proposed project.
  • We observed that his research on developing novel methods for the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders is, therefore, a matter of considerable urgency for the United States. Thus, two of our client’s fellow researchers were obliged to sign recommendation letters to corroborate his continued support to the U.S.

Successfully, we convinced the USCIS with our petition presentation establishing our client’s work efforts which facilitate key insights into the molecular pathophysiology of the said disorders, thereby improving patient outcomes significantly. Therefore, our client received his NIW approval. We genuinely thank him for entrusting our firm and wish him well as he pursues his chosen field.

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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