Success Stories: Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Field of Materials Engineering Secured NIW Approval despite 16 Months of Waiting


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On September 24th, 2019, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Field of Materials Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Materials Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Post-Doctoral Fellow

Country of Origin: Iran

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Massachusetts

Approval Notice Date: September 24th, 2019

Processing Time: 15 months, 23 days

Case Summary:

North America Immigration Law Group ( was approached by an Iranian Post-Doctoral Fellow to file an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) on his behalf. During our initial evaluation, we carefully reviewed his credentials and were convinced that our client, with a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering and ample research experience, was a good fit for NIW.

Our client’s research focused on developing new high-entropy alloys and improving different properties of materials by applying computational thermodynamics and Density Functional Theory (DFT). It is of great importance because of the many applications of computational thermodynamics and DFT in industry.

We worked closely with our client for months to gather information and evidence to prove to the USCIS that our client’s research will benefit the United States. For instance, we included evidence of his outstanding publication and citation record. By the time we filed his petition, he has collected 53 citations from the published 11 peer-reviewed journal articles (8 of them first-authored), 1 peer-reviewed conference article, an Iranian patent, and a book chapter. He has also conducted at least 40 reviews for distinguished journals, thereby demonstrating his important standing in the field of materials engineering.

To provide the USCIS with subjective viewpoint that our client is widely respected within the scientific community, we incorporated six recommendation letters signed by noted experts in the field. The following paragraph is excerpted from an independent advisory opinion: “In this area, [client]’s research has been outstanding. After several years of work in industry and the successful development of a corrosion inhibiting product for aluminum alloys along with several others, [client] is currently working on corrosion-resistant high-entropy alloy materials. In light of this, I am pleased to write in support of [client]’s continuing work in the United States”.

Although it took the USCIS almost 16 months to adjudicate our client’s case, we were confident along the way that our customized petition will eventually help our client secure the approval. With more than 15,000 I-140 approvals in the bag, we know just what legal strategy to adopt for every different case. We congratulate our client for obtaining the case approval and thank him for choosing us to represent his case.

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