Success Stories: California-based Assistant Project Scientist Obtained NIW Approval in the Field of Plant Pathology [5 Publications, 1 Peer-Review Activity]


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“I am glad to retain Chen Immigration for my EB-2 NIW case. They are expert on employment-based petitions. My case was well prepared and petitioned in a professional manner. I was excited to receive my approval notice within 8-month while everything was slow down due to the pandemic. I highly recommend Chen Immigration for their outstanding expertise. Thanks Chen.”

On February 4th, 2021, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for an Assistant Project Scientist in the Field of Plant Pathology (Approval Notice).

General Field: Plant Pathology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Assistant Project Scientist

Country of Origin: Ethiopia

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: California

Approval Notice Date: February 4th, 2021

Processing Time: 7 months, 20 days

Case Summary:

North America Immigration Law Group ( was hired to compose an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition for an assistant project scientist with a Ph.D. in plant pathology and molecular biology. Our law firm has a great reputation for managing I-140 petitions and I-485 applications efficiently. To begin with a client’s case, we always make sure of their credentials. Hence, we thoroughly evaluated his credits and observed that our client completed his studies outside the United States and held an advanced degree and as an expert in the field of plant pathology, he intends to identify the specific molecular interactions between plants and pathogens or pests to develop disease-resistant crop varieties, and disease and weed controls strategies for improved public health and increased agricultural profits. We were highly impressed by his education, experience, and expertise in the field. Thus, we countersigned the retainer agreement and started building a strong petition to represent his case.

Primarily, we affirmed how his research work in the field is of great importance because it improves the mechanistic understanding of plant pests and pathogens, which in turn inform practicable strategies to mitigate crop loss due to these factors, thereby confirming that his research has broad implications to the United States.

Also, we outlined our client’s thriving work that had influenced many other experts in the field resulting in 214 citations accumulated from the four peer-reviewed journal articles (two of them first-authored) and one first-authored book chapter he published. This signifies that these publications are widely recognized and relied upon in the field of plant pathology.

Not only did he earn his reputation from the aforementioned publication and citation records but also proved his elevated standing in this area by conducting one review as a peer reviewer since only knowledgeable experts in their field are invited to perform this important peer review work.

Furthermore, to corroborate the importance of his research continuation in the U.S., we advised our client to produce a few letters of recommendation. Successfully, he was able to obtain four letters and one of his fellow experts stated:

“[Client] and his work are important assets to the United States. His work addresses topics that are eminently relevant to the food security of the American people… His projects relating to overcoming wheat rust disease and aflatoxin contamination on corn are directly linked to the production of high-quality wheat and corn, two major crops produced by the United States… There is no doubt that the success of these crops is important on a national scale.”

Despite waiting for 7 months and 20 days, our client, fortunately, received his EB-2 NIW petition approval without any further request for evidence (RFE). We are delighted to help him throughout the process. Also, we would like to congratulate him on this milestone and thank him for associating and retaining us for his I-485 application now.

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