Success Stories: NIW Status Confirmed in 12 Days for an Egyptian Structural Engineer in Civil Engineering with Assistance from NAILG and PP Upgrade


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“Thank you so much for your efforts in my case.”

On March 17th, 2023, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Structural Engineer in the Field of Civil Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Civil Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Structural Engineer

Country of Origin: Egypt

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Nebraska

Approval Notice Date: March 17th, 2023

Processing Time: 12 days (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

“UHPC is a material that is stronger, easier to work with, and can be more cost-effective than conventional concrete. In his work, [the client] successfully developed a model that accurately predicts the flexural and shear strength of beams repaired or strengthened with UHPC that has been implemented in several studies of note within the field of civil engineering to date. As a globally esteemed researcher, the U.S. is fortunate to have [the client’s] expertise working to improve and maintain nationwide infrastructure.”

“[The client’s] research also has wider benefits, as it addresses one of the most pressing infrastructural issues facing the United States today. Many of the bridges in the United States are at least 50 years old, and the average bridge age is 44 years. These statistics illustrate the severe national need for civil engineers having such expertise like [the client’s]. His work on concrete bridge girder repair guidelines for the NDOT is just one example of how his work has already benefited American bridge infrastructure and proves that he is well-equipped to continue addressing infrastructural issues plaguing the nation.”

These passages are examples of how other researchers see the work of our EB2-NIW client from Egypt. As a structural engineer with a Ph.D. in Construction Engineering, his work was aimed at developing prediction models for the use of UHPC for the repair and strengthening of deteriorating bridges, concrete infrastructure, and other structures. So in preparing his National Interest Waiver case, our team collected facts such as the following for his petition:

  • Academic details such as certificates and transcripts obtained from universities and institutions of higher learning.
  • Details of his proposed endeavor
  • We also showed that his proposed endeavor has broad implications for the United States where the infrastructure does not always meet the expected standards of a developed country, with “America’s international peers [enjoying] more efficient and reliable services”.
  • This is why the United States Department of Transportation has itself expressed support for continued research and advances in UHPC, describing the material as “an ideal candidate for use in developing new solutions to pressing concerns about highway infrastructure deterioration, repair, and replacement”. Due to this, his research has been supported with funding from the Nebraska Department of Transportation.
  • Additionally, his research has resulted in 4 peer-reviewed journal articles (3 of them first-authored), 3 technical reports, and 2 conference papers (1 of them first-authored) and they have been cited a total of 19 times according to Google Scholar.
  • Finally, his 4 years of service were rewarded with recognition letters from 4 other experts which went a long way in showing his worth for the U.S.

So, when his approval came through in just 12 days of application, we knew our efforts had been successful. The expedited approval was also because of the premium processing upgrade that the USCIS has recently allowed for EB2-NIW cases.

We are proud of having worked with him and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

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