Success Stories: NIW Approval Won in Just 21 Days for a Graduate Research Assistant in Nutrition Science from Nepal, Thanks to Our Team’s Case Preparation and PP


On February 27th, 2023, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Graduate Research Assistant in the Field of Nutrition Science (Approval Notice).

General Field: Nutrition Science

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Graduate Research Assistant

Country of Origin: Nepal

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Pennsylvania

Approval Notice Date: February 27th, 2023

Processing Time: 21 days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

Some of the key factors in the case approval of an I-140 NIW (National Interest Waiver) client from Nepal were as follows:

  • Hailing from Nepal, he was a graduate research assistant working in nutrition science with an M.S. in biological sciences.
  • As an expert in the field, his proposed endeavor was to work on identifying dietary fibers and elucidating their effects on metabolic and intestinal diseases. He wanted to advance precision nutrition methods for individually tailored nutrition schemes and greatly improve health outcomes.
  • His research endeavor was of immense importance because it was critical for understanding how diet and nutrition contribute to health outcomes.
  • At the same time, his proposed endeavor also had broad implications for the United States where he is providing critical information on the food consumption habits of Americans.
  • Due to this, his research had been funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.
  • Obtaining 4 letters of recommendation, his case became even stronger with statements such as the following taken from the testimonials of the recommending experts:

“Nutrition science is a great contributor to efforts promoting U.S. public health, especially regarding digestive conditions. [The client’s] work is an excellent example of this, as he has shown that even dietary fibers such as guar gum are likely to increase the risk for intestinal inflammation, intensifying existing issues or increasing the risk of inflammatory bowel disease. This work is a key part of ongoing efforts to understand the influences on gut microbiota and their role in the development of digestive diseases, in order to identify dietary strategies to reduce disease prevalence and increase the overall health of people in the U.S.”

  • Moreover, his research has resulted in 2 peer-reviewed journal articles (both of them first-authored), and 1 government brief. These publications have also been cited a total of 102 times according to Google Scholar, thereby demonstrating that these publications are widely recognized and relied upon in the field of nutrition science.
  • He has also been pursuing research directly related to his proposed endeavor of identifying dietary fibers and elucidating their effects on metabolic and intestinal diseases for 7 years giving him the necessary expertise to continue his work in the field.

So, once his petition was ready, we filed it and waited patiently. Thanks to the premium processing upgrade, his NIW request was approved only 21 days after the application. We are glad that we could help him through and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.

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