Success Stories: Despite a Long Wait, A Postdoctoral Assistant in the Materials Chemistry Field from Iran Secures NIW Approval, Thanks to Our Team’s Diligence


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On September 1st, 2022, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Postdoctoral Assistant in the Field of Materials Chemistry (Approval Notice).

General Field: Materials Chemistry

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Assistant

Country of Origin: Iran

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: New York

Approval Notice Date: September 1st, 2022

Processing Time: 13 months, 6 days

Case Summary:

“[Client] is ideally positioned to positively impact the national energy industry, which increasingly looks to emerging photoelectrochemical (PEC) technologies as the means to achieve lasting energy independence and security. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, advanced energy storage provides a solution to some of America’s most critical energy needs… His work ultimately enhances the quality, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness of power generation and storage in the U.S., and therefore holds significant national value… [Client] is chief among this group of nationally valuable experts, and the U.S. should therefore extend all concessions necessary to support his research in this country.”

This is one of the four recommendations, we obtained for our client from other experts in the field, who have provided letters of support confirming how our client’s history of successful research, as evidenced by his publication and citation records, indicates a demonstrated impact on the field and that these accomplishments have well positioned him to continue advancing the proposed endeavor and i.e. to continue his research on designing and synthesizing new noble metal nanoclusters and semiconductor nanomaterials with specific optoelectronic properties and utilizing electrochemiluminescence spectroscopy, single- particle photocurrent measurements and single-molecule fluorescence microscopy to optimize their photoelectrocatalytic performance for energy conversion processes.

Our client, a postdoctoral assistant in the field of materials chemistry, approached us to help him with his NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition. Our team was convinced that his intended work is relevant to developing new nanomaterials with a variety of practical uses, particularly in the renewable energy industry in the United States. Therefore, we agreed to prepare a solid petition package on his behalf by laying out the crucial information in his petition:

  • We noted that his research has resulted in 51 peer-reviewed journal articles (19 of them first-authored) and 1 published patent. And these publications have been cited a total of 1,354 times according to Google Scholar. As further evidence of his acknowledged expertise in the field, we specified that he is also active in the scientific community as a peer reviewer for highly acclaimed journals and has already conducted at least 5 reviews.
  • Further highlighting the national importance of his work, we added that his work has been supported by funding support as well from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Army Research Office, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC), and Air Force Office of Scientific Research. This funding is reserved for research advancing the national interest, including research that benefits the U.S. economically and ensures that the U.S. remains a world leader in a wide variety of scientific research areas.

Due to the major benefits of his work, it is evident that there is a sustained need for his continued contributions to the materials chemistry field here in the United States. Thus, after a vigilant adjudication of his case, he received his NIW approval from USCIS 13 months after we filed his case. We are glad that our efforts came to fruition, and we truly appreciate our client’s support throughout this process and also for allowing us to become a part of this wonderful winning story. Since he has retained us for his I-485 application as well, and we wish him all the best to receive another victory as soon as possible.

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