Success Stories: Our Efficient Team at NAILG Helps a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Civil Engineering from Iran Win NIW Approval Without RFE


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“Thanks for…all your help with my application. Without your help, it wouldn’t be possible for me to get the approval. Your time and help are greatly appreciated.”

On March 17th, 2022, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Field of Civil Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Civil Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Graduate Teaching Assistant

Country of Origin: Iran

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Idaho

Approval Notice Date: March 17th, 2022

Processing Time: 13 months, 26 days

Case Summary:

As an expert in the field of civil engineering, our NIW (National Interest Waiver) client wanted to continue his research on utilizing finite element modeling, seismic analysis, and accelerated bridge construction methods to examine the mechanical responses of different systems in order to develop computational models for cost-efficient bridge construction and structural design. His proposed endeavor was of great importance because it introduced novel information on the various applications of microelectromechanical systems in civil engineering. This is why one of the 4 recommendations stated, “[Client’s] work has practical applications for construction and transportation sectors around the country.”

This meant that proving the worth of his research in the United States was not a difficult task for our team. To make sure that his worth was proven beyond a reasonable doubt, we turned over every document provided by our client and found the following supporting facts:

  • He has been invited to conduct at least 4 peer reviews to date for international scientific journals in his area of expertise.
  • His research has resulted in the publication of 10 peer-reviewed journal articles (2 first-authored), 5 conference papers (3 first-authored), and 2 research reports.
  • These publications have also been cited a total of 168 times according to Google Scholar.
  • He has pursued research directly related to his proposed endeavor on cost-efficient bridge construction and structural design for 3 years.
  • Additionally, the employment documentation submitted with the petition letter made clear that he was in a position narrowly tailored to his unique skillset.
  • We also presented evidence of his major funding source namely the Idaho Transportation Department.

Thus, we were able to establish that our client is uniquely well positioned to pursue this work considering the breadth of his many years of experience as well as his leadership and expertise in the field. These facts showed that it is genuinely beneficial to the United States to waive the requirements of a job offer and labor certification for him and thus grant him an NIW visa.

So, when the decision came, and our client had his NIW approval, we were very glad to know that we had been a part of his success story. We thank him for this opportunity, and we wish him all the very best in his future endeavors.

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