Success Stories: NIW Petition Approved for Visiting Assistant Professor from China in the Field of Computer Engineering, Despite RFE


Client’s Testimonial:

“This is great news. Finally, we made it together. Thanks a million for your professional and outstanding services.”

On February 20th, 2020, we received another NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Field of Computer Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Computer Engineering

Position: Assistant Professor

Country of Origin: China

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Missouri

Approval Notice Date: February 20th, 2020

Processing Time: 12 months, 5 days

Case Summary:

A visiting assistant professor from China hired North America Immigration Law Group ( to file an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition on his behalf. With a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering and extensive experience researching the field of computer engineering, our client was suitably qualified for this visa category.

What does it take to build a Strong NIW case?

For one, we documented our client’s impressive citation count (216 citations at the time of filing) as well as his publication record of 48 including peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, 1 technical news article, and 1 book chapter. We also reviewed his research summary and demonstrated to the USCIS that his work is the area of great importance because of the benefits that it offers in multiple industries.

In addition to that, our client’s winning EB-2 NIW petition packet contained 4 recommendation letters that strongly advocated for the approval of his case. These letters were contributed by experts working in the field, one of whom described our client as: “[Client] is an exceptionally valuable scientist to the United States, especially considering his past work as reassurance for his continuous work towards the improvement of national resources…”.

Request for Evidence (RFE):

Despite our meticulous presentation of our client’s strong credentials, the USCIS issued a Request for Evidence (RFE). According to the USCIS website, “A request for evidence is made when an application/petition is lacking required documentation/evidence (initial evidence) or the officer needs more documentation/evidence (additional evidence) to determine an applicant’s eligibility for the benefit sought.” As soon as we received the RFE, our legal team sprang into action. We promptly responded to the RFE and successfully dealt with all hesitations about our client’s qualifications.

EB-2 NIW approval:

Overall, it was 12 months and 5 days before the USCIS approved our client’s EB-2 NIW case, and we are pleased that they ultimately granted approval. We congratulate our client on this milestone and thank him for also choosing us for his NIW petition.

North America Immigration Law Group (Chen Immigration Law Associates) is a U.S. immigration law firm dedicated to representing corporations, research institutions, and individuals from all 50 U.S. states regarding I-140 immigration petitions. We specialize in employment-based immigration petition and have a proven record of high success rate for the categories of: EB2-NIW (National Interest Waiver), EB1-A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability), EB1-B (Outstanding Researcher/Professor) and O-1 (Alien of Extraordinary Ability).

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