Success Stories: NIW Approval was Secured for a Researcher in the Aerospace Engineering Field from South Korea in just a Week, No RFE Issued


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On November 29th, 2023, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Researcher in the Field of Aerospace Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Aerospace Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Researcher

Country of Origin: South Korea

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Colorado

Approval Notice Date: November 29th, 2023

Processing Time: 7 days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

North America Immigration Law Group recently represented an individual from South Korea who filed an EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) petition. The client was a researcher whose work involved computational fluid dynamics simulations, high-performance computing, and developing efficient and robust design methodologies. He also conducted performance analyses to maximize efficiency, improve the safety and environmental impact of wind energy generation, and support sustainable green energy objectives. Our goal was to demonstrate that our client’s achievement; a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, is a member of the professions holding an advanced degree. Also, his research is an endeavor with substantial merit and national importance, qualifying for a national interest waiver under the analytical framework set forth in the Matter of DHANASAR.

Firstly, we showed that our client’s intended research work is of great importance because it offers viable solutions to clean energy generation challenges in direct support of national and international environmental initiatives.

To further support this petition, we highlighted his successful track record and significant influence on the field. Here we are listing a few:

  • His research has been published in some of the top publication venues in his field, resulting in 6 peer-reviewed journal articles (4 of them first-authored) and 13 conference publications (7 of them first-authored). He also has 1 conference poster, 1 conference presentation, and 1 dataset published on the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information website.
  • His published papers altogether accumulated 96 citations from many other experts, proving that he has had a major influence on other scholars’ understanding of topics in his chosen field.
  • In addition, his study has received funding from the Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE): multi-university and multi-agency (U.S. Army, Navy, and NASA) program. Therefore, this work represents progress toward his larger goal of optimizing CFD simulations for use in military aircraft.

We found 4 letters of support from fellow experts in the field, confirming the benefits of waiving job offers and labor certification requirements for his research in the United States.

The evidence submitted is enclosed with reference letters from unbiased, independent experts which our attorneys helped draft along with proof of our client’s publications, memberships in organizations that require achievement as judged by recognized national or international experts, and discussion of his work by others. After considering the evidence, USCIS approved the petition within a short period of 7 days. We are delighted to hear of the approval and we wish our client heartfelt congratulations.

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