Success Stories: A Ph.D. Student from Iran Secured NIW and I-485 Approval in the Field of Mechanical Engineering with Our Customized Petition Packet


Client’s Testimonial:

“I wanted to thank you again for your help and guidance during the process.”

On April 2nd, 2020, we received another NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Ph.D. Student in the Field of Mechanical Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Mechanical Engineering

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

Country of Origin: Iran

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: California

Approval Notice Date: April 2nd, 2020

Processing Time: 5 months, 7 days

Case Summary:

An EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition approval was granted to a Ph.D. student based in California. Before initiating an attorney-client relationship, North American Immigration Law Group (NAILG) evaluated his credentials to ascertain NIW success. Once we confirmed that we could help him obtain the national interest waiver, our team started accumulating an array of relevant information pertaining to his professional achievements. We chose to focus on the following:

  • Publication Record, Peer-review Experience and Citation Count

Up till the time of filing, our client had amassed 39 citations from the 5 peer-reviewed journal articles (2 of them first-authored) and 3 conference papers (1 of them first-authored) he had published. We also noted the times our client assessed the work of his peers. This indicated the significance and impact of his studies in the field of mechanical engineering.

  • Research Description

Our client’s work is focused on the physics and biomechanics of diseases and our goal was to prove that his research in this area is of great importance because it investigates the underlying mechanisms of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Recommendation Letters

Another strategy that we utilized was to include recommendation letters signed by leading experts working in the same field. In this case, our client supplied us with 5 recommendation letters gathered from his peers. Below is a statement excerpted from one of these letters:

“To address this major health issue, [client], a mechanical engineering researcher, has worked to develop approaches to improve medical diagnosis, gain a better understanding, and improve the efficacy of treating diseases like Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. As such, the application of mechanical engineering to health and medical research are of inherent value to protecting public health.”

Successful Result:

The team at North America Immigration Law Group ( would like to thank our client for working with us, and we congratulate him as he celebrates the fact that his I-485 was recently approved and he is now a US permanent resident.

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