Success Stories: With Our Ongoing Support, a Mexican Graduate Research Assistant Secures NIW and I-485 Approvals in the Field of Electrical Engineering


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“Thank you for guiding me through this long process. I had a lot of questions along the way that were answered promptly. Another thing I wanted to mention is that this is my first time working with a law firm on legal matters. I had such a positive experience working with all of you. Because of this, I now hold high standards moving forward. Thank you once again for providing such an excellent service.”

On January 11th, 2023, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Graduate Research Assistant in the Field of Electrical Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Electrical Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Graduate Research Assistant

Country of Origin: Mexico

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: California

Approval Notice Date: January 11th, 2023

Processing Time: 2 months, 5 days

Case Summary:

An EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) petition approval was granted to a graduate research assistant with an M.Sc. in electrical and computer engineering. Before commencing with a client-attorney agreement, the North American Immigration Law Group evaluated his supplied credentials to determine his NIW’s success. After our team went through a thorough process of reviewing his supporting documentation, and relevant proof before deciding that it would be sufficient to convince USCIS and grant our client NIW approval, we affirmed that we could lead him to obtain the national interest waiver after a comprehensive evaluation.

Also, our client retained our law firm to help with his I-485 application since getting a green card entails filing two forms: an I-140 petition and an I-485 application. We began by highlighting the following to get him the desired success:

  • First, we observed that, in his field of electrical engineering, our client had published 1 peer-reviewed journal article and 12 peer-reviewed conference publications (3 of them first-authored) in the most esteemed, influential journals.
  • We also noted his remarkable track record of obtaining 37 citations in other peer-reviewed journal papers, adding credence to the importance of his work. Another important indication of his dominance in the field is the fact that he has been asked to review and assess the work of his peers twice.

Therefore, we were certain that our client’s research on designing and modeling the reliability and physical behavior of high-performance semiconductor technologies in order to optimize and enhance the performance of novel integrated circuits and systems in electronics is of great importance because it is improving the security and safety of electrical grids. More reliable semiconductors that he is developing are vital for safely improving electrical dispersion while also decreasing electricity use.

Moreover, our client’s study even received funding from GlobalFoundries, Marvell Technology, the Office of Naval Research, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. Therefore, his research holds monetary value for these institutions, as his work is instrumental in modeling the reliability of integrated semiconductor technologies.

Furthermore, the impactful articles he has published, the many citations his work has received, and the funding it has received from prestigious institutions demonstrate his prominence in the field, which is further supported by the documentary evidence and the testimony of other experts, proving that it is unquestionably in the best interests of the United States to keep him on staff. Excerpt from one of the four recommendation letters that was submitted is as follows:

“[Client] is conducting cutting-edge scientific and engineering research that is benefitting both academic- and industry-based communities. Few others in the field can boast such impressive contributions to the understanding of reliability physics in SiGe devices, making him a rare asset to the United States.”

We are happy to confirm that our team was able to convince USCIS once more of the significance of our client’s analysis conducted in the United States. Given the depth of our client’s many years of experience, leadership qualities, and subject-matter expertise, our client is exceptionally well-positioned to pursue his research in the field of electrical engineering.

It’s a terrific accomplishment that he secured his NIW approval in just two months and five days after we filed his petition with the USCIS. The best news is that he was able to have his green card and I-485 approved as well. Our client was initially indecisive about the right time to apply for I-485, but he took the step in the third year of his Ph.D. and the outcome was undeniably the best. He received his green card before graduation. We are truly appreciative that he chose North America Immigration Law Group for his I-140 and I-485 applications, and we commend him for mastering this complex procedure and acquiring this significant achievement.

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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