Success Stories: Malaysian Neurologist/MD&PhD Student with Memberships to Elite Institutions Gets NIW Approval with Our NAILG’s Diligent Efforts


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“I appreciate your assistance in getting my I-140 approval. Professional and efficient.”

On March 5th, 2022, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Neurologist/MD&PhD Student in the Field of Biomedical Science (Approval Notice).

General Field: Biomedical Science

Position at the Time of Case Filing: MD&PhD Student

Country of Origin: Malaysia

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Florida

Approval Notice Date: March 5th, 2022

Processing Time: 5 months, 20 days

Case Summary:

A client from Malaysia came to us in September of 2021, seeking help with his NIW or National Interest Waiver petition. He is an expert in the field of biomedical science, with a proposed endeavor to continue investigating the underlying biology of cancer and establishing key biomarkers in order to enhance patient outcomes through early detection and targeted treatments. It was evident to us that his extensive research background, history of academic accomplishment, and attainment of field-leading status showed in aggregate, that his degree of expertise far exceeded that ordinarily encountered in his field.

In his research, he also addressed nationally important topics leading us to believe that his NIW case would be smooth. Since the USCIS demands clear proof of national importance in the petitioner’s application, we used the above information along with other pieces of evidence to get his final petition ready. The additional evidence was based on the documents provided to us by the client. They were as follows:

  • He had secured governmental funding from the National Institutes of Health.
  • His investigations have resulted in 8 peer-reviewed journal articles and 5 conference publications. Furthermore, at least 10 of these publications are among the most high-impact in the field.
  • His outsized impact on the field was also evinced by his citation record, which shows that his work has attained 230 citations to date.
  • His studies have established him as a foundational biomedical science researcher who has secured membership with two prominent organizations namely the Society of Neuro-Oncology and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
  • He has been repeatedly entrusted to serve as a peer reviewer for journals dedicated to his areas of expertise. He has completed at least 2 journal reviews to date.

Thus the client was able to satisfy the three prongs set to determine the validity of a petitioner’s claim to the NIW category:

  • An official academic record showing that the alien has a degree, diploma, certificate, or similar award from a college, university, school, or other institution of learning relating to the area of exceptional ability.
  • Evidence of membership in professional associations.
  • Evidence of recognition for achievements and significant contributions to the industry or field by peers, governmental entities, or professional or business organizations.

So, when his NIW approval finally arrived in a short period spanning less than 6 months from the date of filing, we were overjoyed. We are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to represent him in this case and we wish him the best of luck in all future endeavors.

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