Success Stories: Ph.D. Student from Iran with 32 Citations in the Field of Food Science Secured NIW Petition Approval Now Has an Approved I-485


Client’s Testimonial:

“Good news! I’m approved 🙂 Thank you so much for the efforts and helps you did for me! I really appreciate your kindness and patience! ”

On April 1st, 2020, we received another NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Ph.D. Student in the Field of Food Science (Approval Notice).

General Field: Food Science

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Ph.D. Student

Country of Origin: Iran

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Missouri

Approval Notice Date: April 1st, 2020

Processing Time: 5 months, 16 days

Case Summary:

A recent client of ours was described as “A researcher with [client’s] background and documented accomplishments serves the national healthcare agenda of the United States, and she is clearly regarded as an authority in her discipline.”

The quote above is excerpted from a recommendation letter contributed by a well-known chief executive officer. He was not alone in this strong show of support for our client and was joined by five other expert researchers in the field of food science, all of whom signed recommendation letters. These letters were incorporated into our client’s EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition dossier which North America Immigration Law Group ( submitted to the USCIS on her behalf.

What else did the petition contain?

Besides recommendation letters, our client’s comprehensive EB-2 NIW petition packet was composed of details of her research on the development of novel strategies to improve food safety. We demonstrated to the USCIS that our client’s work in her area is of great importance because it significantly improves strategies to preserve perishable foods using natural, environmentally friendly compounds. Her cutting-edge research also drives economic growth in the global pharmaceutical market. With an M.Sc. in food science and technology and a myriad of professional achievements under her belt, our client is undoubtedly a leading light in the field. Her work has resulted in the publication of 5 peer-reviewed journal articles (3 of them first-authored), all of which had amassed 32 citations when we filed the case. Our client is also active in the scientific community as a peer reviewer for highly acclaimed journals and has already conducted at least 3 reviews.

Filing I-485 applications while the I-140 is pending approval:

The USCIS spent 5 months and 16 days adjudicating our client’s EB-2 NIW petition before granting the approval. A little over 3 months later, our client received news that her I-485 application had been approved. As the final step in the green card process, an approved I-485 means that our client is now an official U.S. permanent resident. We congratulate our client for securing the NIW petition and green card approval, and we wish her the very best as she embarks on her exciting new journey as an American permanent resident.

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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