Success Stories: Postdoctoral Associate in Iran in the Field of Physics Receives Green Card Approval from Texas Service Center


Client’s Testimonial:

“First of all thank you very much for letting me know of the approval. I would also like to thank you for all the help in preparing the package, recommendation letters, petition letter, and filing the petition. It took a long time to get the approval and I also want to show my appreciation for helping me with raising service requests and advising on contacting my congressperson.”

On February 23rd, 2016, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Postdoctoral Associate in the Field of Physics (Approval Notice).

General Field: Physics

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Postdoctoral Associate

Country of Origin: Iran

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: New York

Approval Notice Date: February 23rd, 2016

Processing Time: 12 months, 19 days


Case Summary: 

A postdoctoral associate from Iran secured the services of North America Immigration Law Group ( to file an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition and I-485 application on his behalf. He chose to file the latter while his NIW petition was still pending and received approval notices roughly two months apart. We are pleased that our client is now an official American permanent resident and we congratulate him on this momentous milestone.

It took the USCIS over a year to adjudicate our client’s EB-2 NIW case. In total, our legal team raised two service requests and sent a follow up email once the processing timeline went beyond the norm. A month after we raised the second service request to no avail, we advised our client to contact his congressperson, who informed him that his NIW case was in queue to be assigned. 13 days later, our client received an approval notice from Texas Service Center.

Case Proceedings:

Our legal team worked diligently to put together a strong petition packet that showcased our client’s many academic and professional accomplishments. We listed his Ph.D. in Physics and his citation and publication record, which at the time of filing stood at 78 and 8 respectively. We also established that our client’s insights are important to his field of physics, and backed up our claim by providing proof of the 11 times he reviewed his peers’ research manuscripts for 6 scientific journals. To further fortify our EB-2 NIW petition, we urged our client to gather recommendation letters from other professionals in his field. Five experts agreed to help us, and their recommendations served as additional evidence that our client’s findings on optical properties—especially those concerning nano-photonics, the quantum aspects of light-matter interactions, and quantum wave functions—were essential to the United States healthcare and medical imaging industries. One of our client’s recommenders had this to say about him: “[Client’s] research and academic experiences make him a scholar of the highest caliber, and I recommend him highly.”

Once again, we would like to congratulate our client on obtaining his green card, and we thank him for placing his trust in us to help him get it.




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