Success Stories: NIW Petition Approved for Structural Engineer from Iran with 19 Citations in the Field of Structural Engineering with the Help of Our Special Petition Packet


Client’s Testimonial:

“I would like to thank you again for helping us with my I-140 case.”

In March 2020, we received another NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Structural Engineer in the Field of Structural Engineering. (Approval Notice).

General Field: Structural Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Structural Engineer

Country of Origin: Iran

Approval Notice Date: March 2020

Processing Time: 6 months, 2 days

Case Summary:

With a Doctor of Philosophy in civil engineering and extensive experience working in the field of structural engineering, our client seemed like a suitable candidate for EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver). Even so, we carefully evaluated her credentials to be sure and went the extra mile to calculate her independent citation count. Once we had confirmed that we could build a strong EB-2 NIW case on her behalf, we initiated the contract and started work as soon as she had signed and returned the document to us.

Selecting recommenders:

As part of our comprehensive services, we helped our client go through a list of experts working in the field of structural engineering and narrowed down potential recommenders. We needed these recommenders to be familiar with our client’s 13 publications and/or had worked with her. To our pleasure, our client returned with five signed recommendation letters from the preferred experts, one of whom stated:

“In this domain, the work of [client] has made significant progress in refining current knowledge on the structural dynamics and building design, thereby improving our capacity to mitigate destructive effects of extreme events and reduce damage. As such, [client’s] work is in the interest of the United States and I lend her my support in her continued work in the field.”

Highlighting our client’s credentials:

Our client’s years of experience researching structural engineering that had collected 19 citations at the time of filing. We determined that her work in her area is of great importance because it directly addresses one of the primary disaster-related economic burdens through improving design strategies for resisting catastrophic events. We also noted the 9 times our client reviewed the work of her peers.

Petition Approval:

The USCIS only spent 6 months and 2 days reviewing our client’s EB-2 NIW petition before granting their approval (the average processing time is between 4-9 months), and we congratulate her on this milestone. We would also like to thank her for choosing us for representing her I-485 applications too.

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