Success Stories: A Postdoctoral Researcher from South Korea Secured NIW + I-485 Approvals in the Field of Bioinorganic Chemistry, Despite a Long Wait


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On May 14th, 2021, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Field of Bioinorganic Chemistry (Approval Notice).

General Field: Bioinorganic Chemistry

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Researcher

Country of Origin: South Korea

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Maryland

Approval Notice Date: May 14th, 2021

Processing Time: 11 months, 15 days

Case Summary:

An EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition approval was granted to a postdoctoral researcher with an M.A. in bioinorganic chemistry from South Korea. Before commencing with a client-attorney agreement, the North American Immigration Law Group ( judged her provided credentials to determine her NIW’s success. We asserted that we could lead her to obtain the national interest waiver after a thorough evaluation. After our team concluded the relevant information to put in her petition packet, therefore, we highlighted the following aspects to make her NIW case a success:

  • Publication Record and Citation Count: We noted the 21 peer-reviewed journal articles (7 of them first-authored) she published in no fewer than 9 highly ranked peer-reviewed journals, which amassed impressive 1,033 citations. She has thus authored 1 paper that ranks among the top 1%, 11 papers that rank among the top 10%, and 3 papers that rank among the top 20% most-cited articles across the entire field for their respective years of publication. Thus, her citatory record certainly demonstrates the major impact of her original contributions in the field of bioinorganic chemistry.
  • Research Description: We outlined our client’s research which focused on synthesizing and modifying enzymatic active-site model systems and testing their reactivities toward external substrates to derive guidelines for novel structures for use in the energy and medical industries. We intended to emphasize the great importance of her research since she provided key insights on the metal homeostasis in the body and has thereby contributed an essential tool for diagnosing neurological disorders caused by zinc metabolism dysfunction.
  • Funding Support: We noted that her research has been supported by funding from notable agencies, another measure of her success in pursuing her investigation. This funding includes grants from the National Institutes of Health, which is the world’s most prominent funder of biomedical research. The National Institutes of Health’s support of her work exhibits the importance of her contributions.
  • Recommendation Letters: Furthermore, considering the impactful articles she has published, the numerous citations her work has attained, and the funding it has been granted from leading institutions prove that she has a prominent status in the field, which has been corroborated by the documentary evidence and testimony from other experts in the field, establishing that it is assuredly in the interests of the United States to retain her unique talents. The following statement is excerpted from one of the four recommendation letters submitted:

“[Client’s] assessment of metal ions and their distribution in living systems has given us a new understanding of metal homeostasis in the body, as well as provided an invaluable diagnostic tool for the detection and early treatment of these diseases. This relevance of her research to improved medical practice thus confirms the necessity of supporting her continued studies.”

Prosperous Result: Successfully, we established that our client’s work is relevant to energy production, diagnostics, and medical treatments. Therefore, USCIS adjudicated her case, and finally, granted approval for her NIW petition. We genuinely thank our client for working with us not only for acquiring the I-140 approval but also for retaining us to get her I-485 approval successfully. We wish her well as she continues her great project here in the United States.

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