Success Stories: With No RFE, a Research Geophysicist from China achieved NIW Petition Approval (81 Citations)


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On April 19th, 2021, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Research Geophysicist II in the Field of Geophysics (Approval Notice).

General Field: Geophysics

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Geophysicist II

Country of Origin: China

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Texas

Approval Notice Date: April 19th, 2021

Processing Time: 13 months, 23 days

Case Summary:

When a research geophysicist II from China, proficient in the field of geophysics contacted us to help him file an I-140 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition to represent his case, we began analyzing his credentials. We noted that he held a Ph.D. in physics and many years of substantial experience researching the field of geophysics. Unquestionably, we were sure of his impressive expertise to obtain the national interest waiver in the field of geophysics. It was imperative for us to file a persuasive case on his behalf. Thus, we added the following bits to our presentation:

  • We elaborated his research on developing and improving geophysical data processing techniques for the prediction and removal of internal multiples and other noises that decrease the quality of seismic data to improve oil and gas production. His research, therefore, is of great importance because it addresses and mitigates costly errors in data gained from geophysical surveys and is highly relevant to the petroleum industry, as geophysical seismic surveys are the primary method by which new oil and natural gas reservoirs are discovered.
  • Also, we detailed his significant publication background, the 1 peer-reviewed journal article (first-authored), 8 (4 of them first-authored) publications in the SEG Technical Program, and 1 magazine article (first-authored) which altogether garnered 81 citations. His work was accepted by the leading venues because of its unparalleled insights and value to the field, signifying both the merit and caliber of his findings.
  • Additionally, we recorded that he has already conducted 4 reviews for the topmost journals. Service as a peer reviewer only comes to researchers with an established track record of contributing to their field. Hence, this leadership role attests to the commanding influence he has in the geophysics field.
  • Furthermore, we highlighted his research’s value that has received funding support from a research consortium The research consortium is supported by numerous sponsors including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). These grants are reserved for research addressing critical problems in geophysics and the larger society, further confirming the significance and national importance of his research.
  • Moreover, our client obtained five letters of support from fellow experts in the field, and as a part of our case preparation, recommendation letters are crucial for us to add to the petition packet to bolster up our client’s case.

“[Client’s] work benefits the United States and the interests of its people as it seeks to better use its substantial natural resources without subjecting its citizens and economy to the consequences of poorly drilled oil and gas wells. His work promotes successful drilling rates for both oil and gas reservoirs. Over 100 countries around the world produce oil and natural gas… As the energy demand continues to increase, his research into improving production for oil and gas drilling is highly relevant to providing an adequate supply of petroleum to the world.”

The aforementioned statement has been extracted from one of the submitted letters, providing more insight on how his work supports an important aspect of the world economy and his research must continue without delay.

We are pleased that our client was granted the I-140 NIW approval despite a long wait but without any additional RFE issuance. We truly thank him for associating and cooperating with us throughout the process. Also, the entire team of the North America Immigration Law Group congratulates him on this excellent milestone.

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