Success Stories: Vietnamese Ph.D. Candidate with Only 4 Citations in the Field of Electrical Engineering Obtains NIW Approval in Under 3 Months


Client’s Testimonial:

“Thanks so much for the good news and I appreciate all the efforts and hard work you put out to help my case succeed.”

On July 7th, 2017, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Ph.D. Candidate in the Field of Electrical Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Electrical Engineering

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

Country of Origin: Vietnam

Service Center: Texas Service Center (TSC)

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: New Jersey

Approval Notice Date: July 7th, 2017

Processing Time: 2 months, 20 days

Case Summary:

Just 2 months and 20 days after North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) filed an EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition on behalf of a doctoral candidate from Vietnam, he received notification of case approval. As it usually takes the USCIS between 4-9 months to take action on I-140 petitions, we are extremely pleased at the rapid timeline, and we congratulate our client for obtaining the national interest waiver based on the new Matter of Dhanasar framework. To learn more about these guidelines that were recently implemented on December 27th, 2016, please visit

Our overall goal was to prove to the USCIS that our client is an asset to the United States. We went about this by collecting a wealth of information related to his work in the field of electrical engineering. From his Electrical Engineering to his publication record (2 first-authored peer-reviewed conference articles, 1 accepted first-authored peer-reviewed conference article, and 1 thesis), we left no stone unturned when it came to detailing our client’s various achievements.0~10 citations

In a bid to further strengthen his NIW petition, we incorporated recommendation letters signed by other experts working in the field. These letters served as evidence that our client’s work is important not only to the field of electrical engineering, but to the US as a whole. This is a statement excerpted from one of these letters: “His [Client’s] research has been so exceptional and useful to the United States that it has been funded by government organizations…” Another recommender noted that “… [Client’s] service in this capacity demonstrates his importance to the engineering community.”

Thanks to our diligent efforts, the USCIS was convinced that our client’s findings on the development of signal processing methods and algorithms improve the performance and security of radar systems and wireless communications in the United States. We congratulate our client for obtaining the national interest waiver, and we thank him for retaining us to file I-485 applications for him and his dependent. We look forward to helping them obtain their green cards and in the meantime, we wish our client the best as he continues to progress the field of electrical engineering.

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