Success Stories: NIW Approval for Iranian PhD Student and Graduate Research Assistant in the field of Industrial and Systems Engineering


Client’s Testimonial:

“I am very grateful for all your help. I am sure that your remarkable expertise in preparing cases was a significant factor in getting my case approved. You worked so meticulously and professionally that my case did not receive any RFEs. As a matter of fact, I would not have been filing NIW without the confidence you gave me by accepting me as a customer with the approval or refund service.

On May 28th, 2019, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a PhD Student and Graduate Research Assistant in the Field of Industrial and Systems Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: PhD Student and Graduate Research Assistant

Country of Origin: Iran

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Texas

Approval Notice Date: May 28th, 2019

Processing Time: 10 months, 22 days

Case Summary:

North America Immigration Law Group ( helped a graduate research assistant from Iran acquire EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition approval. Although our client was still pursuing his Ph.D. when we filed the case, he was nonetheless very competent in conducting outstanding research in the field of industrial and systems engineering. We worked diligently to prove to the USCIS that our client is contributing greatly to the public health sector of the United States. Our client’s strong background in the use of data mining and dynamic modeling to determine the risk factors and best interventions for infant mortality is able to enhance the U.S. healthcare system on a large scale.

While preparing his NIW case, we went through our client’s educational and professional qualifications and highlighted his strengths in the petition. We noted that he holds a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering and that his research is benefitting the scientific community. This was adjudged by the 22 citations accumulated from his 3 peer-reviewed publications (2 journal articles and 1 conference article) and 1 book chapter. Apart from this, we also noted his review work of 3 peer reviews conducted for a prestigious conference in the field.

The NIW petition received a boost from the recommendation letters contributed by other distinguished experts in the field. These letters detailed our client’s academic achievements and research projects, and shed light on his efforts in aiding the United States to improve the efficiency and quality of the U.S. healthcare system and ensuring the health and well-being of American infants. To support our client’s continued stay in the country, one recommender wrote: “[Client]’s findings have been invaluable to the United States for obvious reasons. Although Americans have access to the most advanced medicine and technology in the world, the infant mortality rate in the United States is 71 percent higher than the average rate in other first-world countries like Japan and Norway (…) [Client]’s research is clearly important to the United States, as it informs policymaking in the area of infant mortality elimination. Thus, the United States government must continue to support his research on state-level variations in infant mortality in order to safeguard the lives of its youngest citizens”.

We are delighted that our efforts led to his NIW approval. We also thank him for choosing us to work on the last step of the green card process: filing the I-485 for him and his dependent. For more information about I-485 Adjustment of Status, please visit:

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