Success Stories: NIW Approval for a Researcher from South Korea in the Field of Rehabilitation in Less than 6 Months with 12 Citations

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On March 26th, 2020, we received another NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for an Researcher in the Field of Rehabilitation Science (Approval Notice).

General Field: Rehabilitation Science

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Researcher

Country of Origin: South Korea

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Kansas

Approval Notice Date: March 26th, 2020

Processing Time: 5 months, 21 days

Case Summary:

A researcher from South Korea 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 6 peer-reviewed journal articles (four of them first-authored) had gathered 12 citations. Despite the less number of citations, his case was approved without an RFE.
  • 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 driving rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, and pupillometry. We also established that his research is of national importance because it extends our knowledge on various medical conditions, providing the scientific community with crucial knowledge to better treat people with disabilities and improve their overall quality of life.
  • Testimonials: To further fortify our client’s NIW petition packet, we included 5 recommendation letters signed by other experts in the field of rehabilitation science who were familiar with his work. One of them stated, “[Client’s] research is of crucial importance in this respect. His work highlights the practice of Qigong and its real-life applications, and it has presented a number of intriguing developments that are valuable for rehabilitation science researchers, physical therapists, and other industry experts.”

Overall, the USCIS spent 5 months and 21 days adjudicating our client’s NIW petition before getting the approval. With over 16,000 approved I-140 cases in the bag, our firm is pleased to have helped yet another client get closer to a green card. We congratulate our client for overcoming this significant hurdle in the lengthy process, and we thank him for choosing us for his NIW application.

North America Immigration Law Group (Chen Immigration Law Associates) is a U.S. immigration law firm dedicated to representing corporations, research institutions, and individuals from all 50 U.S. states regarding I-140 immigration petitions. We specialize in employment-based immigration petition and have a proven record of high success rate for the categories of: EB2-NIW (National Interest Waiver), EB1-A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability), EB1-B (Outstanding Researcher/Professor) and O-1 (Alien of Extraordinary Ability).

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