Success Stories: NAILG Gets NIW Approval for a Research Scientist I in Space Physics from Nepal in Six Months


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On May 6th, 2022, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Research Scientist I in the Field of Space Physics (Approval Notice).

General Field: Space Physics

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Scientist I

Country of Origin: Nepal

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Alabama

Approval Notice Date: May 6th, 2022

Processing Time: 6 months, 4 days

Case Summary:

One of the sure-shot ways of confirming the merit of a client’s academic record is to take a look at their citation history. That is, to look at the number of people who have cited or used the research produced by the person. This lets us know how reliable and well recognized the person’s work is in their area of expertise. So when we found that our client from Nepal was an expert in space physics, our team moved to check out his credentials, especially his citation records. We were not disappointed to find that he had published his research in 36 peer-reviewed journal articles (12 of them first-authored) and 1 first-authored conference paper. He has thus published papers in no fewer than 5 highly ranked peer-reviewed journals. And that these publications have been cited a total of 923 times according to Google Scholar, thereby demonstrating that these publications are widely recognized and relied upon in the field of space physics.

As an expert in the field of space physics, his proposed endeavor was to continue his research on developing model equations of turbulence transport and analyzing magnetometer and plasma data of the Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter to establish how the solar corona and solar wind is heated and how solar wind is accelerated near the base of the solar corona in order to advance space science that is applicable to the protection of spacecraft, astronauts, and space missions. It also became apparent that his research advancing his proposed endeavor was of great importance because it improves the understanding of the evolution of turbulence from the surface of the Sun to the outer heliosphere.

This is the reason that he quickly produced 4 letters of recommendation from fellow experts, some of which are quoted below:

“[Client’s] foundational space physics research represents an essential part of the scientific foundation upon which the space economy depends. Thus, his research is required to accelerate the speed of progress in this increasingly urgent and economically significant sector.”

“[Client’s] research on determining the propagation and behavior of solar wind turbulence is a matter of national importance, as such information is needed for both the Parker Solar Probe and future space research endeavors. This work shows that his efforts have tremendous importance to national research interests.”

“The information uncovered by his investigation, such as the fact that solar energetic particles scatter primarily during the solar maximum, provides valuable insights for NASA to leverage in order to mitigate the harm caused by these particles during missions. Given that NASA currently has a budget of over 20 billion USD, the realization of this agency’s aims is clearly a top national priority. [Client’s] work, therefore, holds great value in supporting NASA’s long-term mission of expanding U.S. capability to successfully carry out sustainable, long-duration explorations into space.”

Hence, due to its clear national importance, his research has in fact been supported with funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Parallel to this, he has also completed at least 20 reviews to date. Given that only the most highly esteemed researchers in the field are invited to evaluate the work of their peers, it was clear that he is seen as very knowledgeable in the field and an expert in topics related to his proposed endeavor.

Thus his case approval was received within a record time of 6 months. We are proud of having had this opportunity to represent him in this case.

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