Success Stories: NIW Petition Approved for Teaching Assistant from Iran in the Field of Nanomedicine despite Issuance of RFE


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On February 29th, 2016, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Teaching Assistant in the Field of Nanomedicine (Approval Notice).


General Field: Nanomedicine

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Teaching Assistant

Country of Origin: Iran

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

Approval Notice Date: February 29th, 2016

Processing Time: 16 months, 4 days


Case Summary:

Texas Service Center spent a little over four months adjudicating this EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) case. Our client, a teaching assistant from Iran, hired North America Immigration Law Group ( to represent her case as she knew that we would be efficient and effective throughout the entire process.

Our Comprehensive Service:

Part of our services involved handling all communication with the USCIS. Once the average processing time went beyond the norm, our legal team raised a service request on our client’s behalf. A month later, we received a Request for Evidence (RFE) from the USCIS, which we promptly responded to. After we submitted our response to the RFE, we waited more than 60 days before we contacted the USCIS once more with a service request, which they responded to by informing us that they were performing additional reviews on the case. Two months later, we suggested that our client contact her local congressperson for assistance regarding the status of her case. The day our client received a reply from her congressperson informing her that her I-140 was being reviewed, the USCIS granted their approval.

Besides dealing with the USCIS, we were also responsible for putting together a strong EB-2 NIW petition packet to highlight our client’s various professional accomplishments and capabilities. Our petition packet was composed of our client’s citation and publication record (67 and 6 respectively), and carefully worded details on her research efforts on gene and stem cell based therapies for cancer, cancer targeted chemotherapy, and nanotechnology in medicine. We demonstrated that our client’s work benefits public health in the United States and that not many other researchers can attain similar meritorious results. Furthermore, our NIW petition packet included several recommendation letters furnished by other experts in the field of nanomedicine. These letters served as additional evidence of the value of our client’s work to the Unites States, as exemplified by the following statement excerpted from one of the letters: “In conclusion, through her research and hard work, [Client] has already had an impact on cancer treatment and the application of nanotechnology and nanoparticle construction to medicine. The issues that her research deals with directly impacts the United States because of the high affliction rate of cancer throughout the American population.”

North America Immigration Law Group is pleased with the outcome of this EB-2 NIW case. We would like to thank our client for placing her complete trust in us to help her get one step closer to American permanent residency. We wish her all the best as she continues to develop the field of nanomedicine.



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