Success Stories: From South Korea, A Ph.D. Candidate Achieved EB-2 NIW Petition Approval with the Help of Our Distinctive Legal Strategy


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On April 1st, 2021, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Ph.D. Candidate in the Field of Materials Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Materials Engineering

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

Country of Origin: South Korea

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: California

Approval Notice Date: April 1st, 2021

Processing Time: 7 months

Case Summary:

North America Immigration Law Group was approached to file an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition for a Ph.D. candidate holding an M.Sc. in materials science and researching the same field focusing on developing and improving structural systems. As a part of our legal services, we firstly assessed his achievements and accolades and established that our client showed all the skills required to secure the national interest waiver. Going ahead, we compiled the produced documentary evidence and submitted it to the USCIS. His petition packet consisted of the following information.

  • We briefed his research and the great importance it has here in the United States. His research is on the fabrication and characterization of functional composite materials to develop and improve structural systems, including mechanical structures, sensors, and actuators, and how it revolves around actuators and sensors, both of which hold immense economic importance.
  • In addition, we mentioned the 420 citations garnered from the 19 peer-reviewed journal articles (7 of them first-authored) and 4 peer-reviewed conference articles (3 of them first-authored) he published. He had published papers in no fewer than 6 highly ranked peer-reviewed journals. Along with publishing experience, our client is an active member of the scientific community as well. He also conducted a peer-review for an elite journal in the field. As only the esteemed researchers in the field are invited to judge the work of their peers, especially in authoritative journals, he proves to be significant and very knowledgeable in the field.
  • To fasten the adjudication of his case, four of our client’s fellow experts have described the importance of his background and experience in more detail in letters of support, and one of them affirmed:

“One of the primary obstacles in the way of the widespread adoption of soft robotics in the US has been making the soft materials move, but [client’s] approach has overcome this challenge. His success in designing such an actuator proves him to be an irreplaceable force in the US materials engineering community.”

We are delighted about the arrival of our client’s EB-2 NIW petition approval. The USCIS was successfully convinced of our client’s contributions to the advancement of next-generation technologies that rely on sensing and actuating in this regard, particularly within healthcare and structural monitoring contexts in the United States. Our client’s successful accomplishments got him his NIW approval, and we would like to thank him for choosing our law firm in presenting his case.

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