Success Stories: NIW Approval for a Postdoctoral Fellow from Pakistan in the Field of Condensed Matter Physics, Despite RFE


Client’s Testimonial:

“Thank you for the wonderful news!”

On January 29th, 2020, we received another NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Field of Condensed Matter Physics Chemistry (Approval Notice).

General Field: Condensed Matter Physics

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Fellow

Country of Origin: Pakistan

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Colorado

Approval Notice Date: January 29th, 2020

Processing Time: 11 months, 14 days

Case Summary:

A postdoctoral fellow from Pakistan contacted North America Immigration Law Group ( to help him file his NIW (National Interest Waiver)) petition. After a careful review of his credentials, we concluded that we could help him secure the national interest waiver, and these are the key points we focused on:

  • Citation and Publication Count: Thanks to Google Scholar and other similar references, we determined that our client’s 54 peer-reviewed journal articles (38 of them first-authored) had gathered 923 citations
  • Research Projects: In order to prove to the USCIS that our client’s work is of inherent value to the United States, we first had to understand every aspect of it. We started by reviewing his research on the topological properties of two-dimensional materials. We also established that his research is of national importance because it leads to the continued improvement in the speed and performance of nanotechnology for the electronics industry. His work in condensed matter physics leads directly to improvements in the electronics industry.
  • Testimonials: To further fortify our client’s NIW petition packet, we included 6 recommendation letters signed by other experts in the field of physics who were familiar with his work. One of them stated, “I believe that [client] is a vital figure in the field of condensed matter and materials physics, and one that we should keep for the benefit of US science. As countries around the world are competing to design next-generation electronic devices and identify novel materials, [client] research is extremely important to our nation’s economy. He is a highly trained and productive scientist who is unambiguously qualified to continue to spearhead national scientific efforts in this area, and thus I am more than happy to support [client’s] application.”

After waiting for about 11 months and 14 days, the USCIS finally granted their approval. The reason it took so long for our client to attain the petition approval is because his NIW was issued a Request for Evidence (RFE). However, our stellar team prepared a strong response to it, which led to case approval. Thanks to our insight and experience into how the USCIS adjudicates petitions, we were able to help our client move one step closer to US permanent residency. We congratulate him on this win and wish him the best as he continues to advance the field with his impactful research.

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