Success Stories: Chinese Assistant Professor in the field of Higher Education Obtained NIW Approval in Less than 7 Months


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On February 19th, 2019, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for an Assistant Professor in the Field of Higher Education. (Approval Notice).

General Field: Higher Education

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Assistant Professor

Country of Origin: China

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Illinois

Approval Notice Date: February 19th, 2019

Processing Time: 6 months, 23 days

Case Summary:

A Chinese assistant professor in the field of higher education has retained North America Immigration Law Group ( to submit a NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition on her behalf. While collecting relevant documentation, our team collaborated with our client closely with efficient and targeted communication which specifically address our client’s concerns towards the NIW preparation process. With our help, her petition was approved in less than 7 months.

Our client holds a PhD degree in higher education administration, with a focus on the impact of state policies and institutional initiatives on educational equity, which examines and bolsters the contributions of the community college system to broad education goals in the US. At the time we filed her case, she has judged the works of her peers for 23 times, and has published 8 peer-reviewed journal articles (6 of them first-authored) accumulating 9 citations. Her research has yielded invaluable insights about postsecondary education in the United States broadly, as she worked on several research projects to identify and empirically evaluate the best practices and programs implemented in community colleges, which has already won wide acclaim in the field.

In addition to discussing the importance of her research in higher education that holds significant implications for equity and opportunity in the American educational system, national economy and workforce, we have also included 6 letters of recommendation signed by prominent experts in the field to attest her contribution. This is how one of the recommenders described our client and her work, “This research has therefore identified a major flaw in the performance-based funding approach, and [client]’s work showed that performance-based funding, while having its benefits, also creates a situation in which efficiency and productivity are emphasized in a way that overlooks equity, access, and student choice (…) She has filled a gap in the literature and has given policymakers important information to fuel additional efforts to champion equity in education.”

We are pleased that our efforts paved the way for her NIW petition approval. We congratulate our client for completing this significant first step in the green card process, and we look forward to assisting her and her dependent(s) with the final step of the green card process (filing an I-485 application) when their EB2 priority date becomes current.

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