Success Stories: NIW Approval for an Academic Researcher from Taiwan in the Field of Cell Biology, Without RFE


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“Thanks for your always help. I just got I-140 approval letter. I really appreciate your help.”

On February 13th, 2020, we received another NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for an Academic Researcher in the Field of Cell Biology (Approval Notice).

General Field: Cell Biology

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Academic Researcher

Country of Origin: Taiwan

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: California

Approval Notice Date: February 13th, 2020

Processing Time: 5 months, 28 days

Case Summary:

An academic researcher from Taiwan 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 (3 of them first-authored) had gathered 434 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 cilia-related diabetes and cancer. We also established that his research is of national importance because it advances the study of cilia-related diseases, which span many internationally prevalent conditions. His work additionally benefits cancer research, a globally vital research area.
  • Testimonials: To further fortify our client’s NIW petition packet, we included 4 recommendation letters signed by other experts in the field of cell biology who were familiar with his work. One of them stated, “[Client] has contributed a great deal of important work in the course of his career to deepen knowledge of cell duplication. As a result, there is inherent worth in the research that [client] is undertaking in the global fight against cancer. It is important to continue research in this area to maximize the benefits to health and longevity for society at large.”

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. We thank our client for trusting our services and choosing us to represent his I-140 and I-485 cases.

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