Success Stories: NIW Approval Became Easy for a PhD Candidate in the Field of Molecular Biology, with Our Comprehensive Petition Packet


On March 27th, 2020, we received another NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Ph.D. Candidate in the Field of Molecular Biology (Approval Notice).

General Field: Molecular Biology

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

Country of Origin: South Korea

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Wisconsin

Approval Notice Date: March 27th, 2020

Processing Time: 5 months, 15 days

Case Summary:

Just 5 months and 15 days after we filed an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition on behalf of a Ph.D. candidate from South Korea, USCIS approved his case. We are pleased that they adjudicated our client’s petition within the standard processing time and we have no doubt that our meticulous presentation of our client’s strong credentials lent a hand in case approval.

What did we do to prove our client deserved the National Interest Waiver?

With a B.S. in microbiology and ample experience in the field of molecular biology, we proved that our client possesses the skills and knowledge demanded of a top-tier researcher. We determined that his work in the field of molecular biology is focused on uncovering the molecular mechanisms of important signaling pathways related to cancer and pathological diseases. Based on that, we demonstrated to the USCIS that his research in his area is of great importance because it significantly improves current understandings of the molecular mechanisms underlying cancer growth, survival, and metastasis. Such research is key to identifying new therapeutic targets that lead to the development of effective treatment strategies for various types of cancer.

Not only did we highlight the significance of our client’s research projects to the US, we also noted the benefits that his work offers to other researchers around the world. Using his citation count and publication record, we proved that other researchers are using his work to progress the field of molecular biology as a whole—at the time of filing, our client’s work had gathered 70 citations and he had published 4 peer-reviewed journal articles. We also noted the 3 times our client reviewed the work of his peers.
In addition, we also fortified our client’s EB-2 NIW petition packet by including five recommendation letters volunteered by his peers. According to one of them:

“Few researchers are able to match the amount of value that [client] has produced for his field. As such, he has established himself as an indispensable asset to the scientific community.”

We congratulate our client for obtaining the national interest waiver and we thank him for choosing to work with North America Immigration Law Group (

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