Success Stories: A Postdoctoral Researcher from India Obtained NIW Approval in the Field of Surface Science with the Help of Our Team’s Consistent Follow-ups


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On March 11th, 2021, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Field of Surface Science (Approval Notice).

General Field: Surface Science

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Researcher

Country of Origin: India

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: South Carolina

Approval Notice Date: March 11th, 2021

Processing Time: 10 months, 6 days

Case Summary:

North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) was hired to file an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition for a postdoctoral researcher with a Ph.D. in physics and astronomy. Before judging his case, we evaluated his proposed research work in the field of surface science on synthesizing novel catalysts of bimetallic nanoclusters for various energy and industrial applications. His research work in the field is of great importance because it enhances the sustainability of chemicals.

We affirmed to cater to his case and prepared a strong petition on his behalf by exhibiting our client’s successful work that had influenced many of his peers and colleagues in the field. At the time of filing, he had already acquired 225 citations from the noble record of 12 peer-reviewed journal articles (3 of them first-authored) he published. We also noted that our client is an active member of the scientific community as a peer reviewer and conducted 10 reviews. Only the foremost experts in their field are invited to perform this important review work, highlighting his elevated standing in the field. Moreover, we verified our established petition by adding two recommendation letters that he obtained from fellow superior experts working in the same field.

Also, we detailed that his research has been supported by funding from leading agencies, demonstrating the recognized value and importance of his work. This funding includes grants from the European Regional Development Fund, which supports research that focuses on the development of a low-carbon economy. These grants are reserved for research directly addressing critical problems in surface science and the larger society. Specifically, these funding institutions seek to develop the progress of science aligning with American national security, prosperity, and wellbeing. This funding, therefore, demonstrates the significance and national importance of our client’s research.

Triumphantly, we were able to persuade USCIS that our client’s record of successful research in an area that furthers U.S. interests, he offers contributions of such value that, on balance, they would benefit the United States, hence his EB-2 NIW petition was granted the approval. Our team would like to congratulate him on this milestone and thank him for allowing us to be a part of this success story.

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