Success Stories: Despite A Long Wait, a Ph.D. Student from China Receives NIW Approval with Our Perseverance in This Case


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“Thank you so much. This is excellent news. It’s been a huge pleasure working with you. I’m very satisfied with the overall service. Specifically, I appreciate the promptness and the clarity of the responses. Because of that, I was able to fit the preparation process into my schedule with great flexibility. The subtle nudge from the attorney is also highly appreciated. The PL and the reference letters are well-written.”

On October 5th, 2021, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Ph.D. Student in the Field of Computer Science (Approval Notice).

General Field: Computer Science

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Ph.D. Student

Country of Origin: China

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Massachusetts

Approval Notice Date: October 5th, 2021

Processing Time: 12 months

Case Summary:

To form a persuasive, I-140 (National Interest Waiver) petition, our team at the North America Immigration Law Group follows a certain protocol of going through our clients’ educational and professional background checks. Once we are through the evaluation step, we move to countersign the client-attorney relationship agreement and seek out preparing an effective petition letter for our clients which would help them to secure their desired national interest waiver approval.

In this case, when our client, a Ph.D. student in the field of computer science, approached us to file his NIW petition, therefore, we selected all the necessary information to assemble a solid case in our client’s favor by incorporating the following in his petition packet:

  • His master of science degree in electrical engineering and computer science proves he is well-qualified as a member of the professions holding an advanced degree.
  • The 6 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers (2 of them first-authored) he published in distinguished journals and conferences. One of the reasons he has become so comprehensively recognized in the field is because he has successfully published his findings across five separate papers in computer science titles, indicating that his research endeavors are impactful.
  • His publications have been cited a total of 95 times, demonstrating that his research has consistently served as the basis for ongoing innovation in the field. Ultimately, such a number evinces the extent to which his findings have come to be a pillar in the field.
  • Another indication of his skill is his selection to serve as a peer reviewer himself. As previously stated, reviewers are responsible for contributing to the selection of manuscripts to be published by reputable journals and conferences. This is a role that is only awarded to members of the field that are considered to be well-versed in their given area, as they must compare the quality of submitted content. Having conducted at least 2 peer reviews is evident that his peers recognize his expertise.

Moreover, we discussed his initiative on investigating blockchain systems and the Internet of Things (IoT) and developing practical algorithms that enable novel applications impossible with current technologies such as the massive adoption of cryptocurrency. Our client’s research related to the development and implementation of network systems is of great substantial merit and national importance as it states its relevance in facilitating the large-scale deployment of advanced technologies such as blockchain cryptocurrencies and IoT applications.

In addition, his work has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Army Research Office (ARO), the Cisco Research Center (CRC), the National Key R&D Programmes, the Science and Technology Planning Project of Foshan City, the Science and Technology Planning Project of Guangdong Province, and Distributed Technologies Research. Thus, the financial support from these international funding sources signifies recognition of our client’s ultimate scientific proficiency and the merit of his research.

To strengthen his petition packet, we also added 5 recommendation letters signed by other experts in the field who were familiar with our client’s work. Hence, one of them stated the below-mentioned:

“I find it important to emphasize the direct importance of [client’s] research into enhanced computer networks beyond our field. His project on addressing the efficiency of cryptocurrency transactions using a novel method influences an international market… [Client] discovered a deadlock situation and addressed it through multiple optimizations. His mechanisms prevent large portions of the payment network from becoming clogged during complicated transactions, and its wider benefit to the global computer science field is illustrative of the importance of his continued contributions. I firmly believe that he is an asset to the field’s work on improving the efficiency of computer networks, and the United States must secure his skills to remain a leader in the international market.”

We are glad that we could successfully convince USCIS of our client’s research’s unique nature within the computer science field. Not only is it built on a substantial theoretical background, but it is also deployable within real-world settings. Specializing in the design and implementation of network systems, he has made tremendous research contributions by addressing prominent challenges within the field and developing cutting-edge solutions such as an ultra-low-power wireless network camera system, high-performance blockchain system, and novel routing mechanism for payment channel networks. Thus, all these facts along with our exceptional case presentation, helped him obtain his national interest waiver approval.

We thank him for trusting our law firm and cooperation throughout the process, and we wish him all the luck in his future endeavors.

North America Immigration Law Group (Chen Immigration Law Associates) is a U.S. immigration law firm dedicated to representing corporations, research institutions, and individuals from all 50 U.S. states regarding I-140 immigration petitions. We specialize in employment-based immigration petition and have a proven record of high success rate for the categories of: EB2-NIW (National Interest Waiver), EB1-A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability), EB1-B (Outstanding Researcher/Professor) and O-1 (Alien of Extraordinary Ability).

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