Success Stories: An Ethiopian Research Associate in Civil Engineering Won NIW Approval with Help from North America Immigration Law Group


Client’s Testimonial:

“Thank you so much! It was great (and fitting) to hear this good news from you.”

On April 22nd, 2022, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Research Associate in the Field of Civil Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Civil Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Associate

Country of Origin: Ethiopia

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Colorado

Approval Notice Date: April 22nd, 2022

Processing Time: 12 months, 2 days

Case Summary:

A client from Ethiopia came to us seeking help with his NIW (National Interest Waiver) application. He was a research associate in civil engineering and had been working in the area of expertise for quite some time already. So our team got down to the business of preparing his case file as soon as the formality of signing the retainer was out of the way. We collected the following data for his NIW application which showcased his excellent work in the chosen area of expertise:

  • As an expert in the field of civil engineering, his proposed endeavor is to continue his research on better snowpack simulations within the Noah model, which is the land component of the Unified Forecasting System (UFS) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in order to improve the quality of land and near-surface atmospheric variables forecasted by the UFS.
  • His research advancing his proposed endeavor is of great importance because weather forecasting is an essential tool that undergirds many aspects of the economy.
  • His research, by advancing the accuracy of weather simulations, is contributing not only to the more general uses of weather forecasting but also providing vital information for addressing the growing costs of natural disasters.
  • His proposed endeavor also has broad implications for the United States. Simulating and forecasting snowpack conditions is especially important for U.S. water resource management and adjacent areas.
  • Due to its evident national importance, his research has in fact been supported with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • He has completed at least 2 reviews to date for international magazines of repute.
  • His research has resulted in 6 peer-reviewed journal articles (5 of them first-authored) and 2 conference articles (1 of them first-authored).
  • At the same time, these publications have been cited a total of 169 times according to Google Scholar.
  • Finally, we attached 2 letters of recommendation written by other experts in our client’s field of interest.

All of these facts and figures added up to a well-built petition which received approval from the USCIS without an RFE. We are thankful to our client for his trust and patience and we wish him all the best in every future endeavor.

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