Success Stories: Despite a Standstill, A Postdoctoral Fellow from Ukraine Achieved EB-2 NIW Petition Approval in the Field of Biomedical Engineering


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“I have been very satisfied overall. Thank you!”

On June 12th, 2021, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Field of Biomedical Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Biomedical Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Fellow

Country of Origin: Ukraine

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Massachusetts

Approval Notice Date: June 12th, 2021

Processing Time: 12 months, 20 days

Case Summary:

North America Immigration Law Group was hired to file an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition for a postdoctoral fellow from Ukraine. We assessed her academic background and proposed research work in the field of biomedical engineering. We verified that she held a Ph.D. in biotechnology, and she has published 7 peer-reviewed journal articles (4 of them first-authored) and 1 first-authored scientific book chapter in no fewer than 3 highly ranked peer-reviewed journals, garnering 62 citations from her fellow biomedical engineering researchers. We were sure of her credentials and agreed to lead her to national interest waiver success.

Our objective was to lay out her petition packet in the most unique way possible for which we gathered an array of crucial details such as her research brief focusing on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine to develop functional, implantable organs and tissues. We deduced how her research in the field is of great importance as it addresses the pressing need for organs and tissues, proving her research is relevant to the medical sector in the United States.

Also, we noted the repeated inclusion of our client’s work in several journals, which are extremely selective in choosing new research to publish on their pages, which indicates that her findings have met the competitive standards of review that characterize these selection processes. Our client’s laudable publication record exhibited her consistency in producing original research that is of immediate relevance to her field, and that her finding has already informed and influenced the significant population of fellow experts in biomedical engineering who make up the readerships of these books and journals.

Not only did her publication record impact her petition packet but also the record of citation her work gathered showed that numerous researchers in biomedical engineering and related fields have turned to her work as a reliable source of information and have used her findings to inform and advance their own studies.

Moreover, we discussed that her research received funding support from many prominent institutions in the field of biomedical engineering, including the European Research Council, the Israel Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health, which is the medical research arm of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Funding from the NIH is especially extraordinarily competitive, thus her project received financial support from such a prestigious institution reflects the considerable value of her work for the United States and the field of biomedical engineering.

We further supported her case by including five recommendation letters that she obtained from her fellow experts in the field. We got all the testimonies attested in her petition packet, validating that our client is a substantial resource to the United States. One of the recommenders stated:

“Her research has advanced the use of tissue engineering as an alternative solution to transplantation, thereby accelerating the United States’ ability to provide needed tissues to patients even in the absence of an organ donor… [Client] is a leader in the effort to address this public health crisis in the U.S… By accelerating the United States’ tissue engineering capabilities, she has contributed findings with life-saving implications for millions of Americans. It is therefore evident that she is an indispensable researcher in the field of biomedical engineering.”

Yet once again, USCIS was convinced with our petition packet affirming that our client’s findings have notably advanced the ability to engineer vascularized tissues and have played a key role in addressing the global donor organ shortage. Therefore, USCIS granted her EB-2 NIW petition approval. We would like to thank our client for believing in our law firm and congratulate her with pleasure on this breakthrough.

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