Success Stories: NIW Petition Approved for an Assistant Professor in the field of Economics

Client’s Testimonial:

Dear  [Chen Immigration Law Associates], Thank you so much for all your help during the last few months. I just saw on the “Case Status” website that my I-140 was approved (in about 3 weeks after USCIS received it). This is a huge relief after years of uncertainty and I do not think I was going to be able to do it without your amazing help. I only wish I had knew about you a lot earlier.


On August 29th, 2013 we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) Approval for an Assistant Professor in the field of Economics (Approval Notice


General Field: Economics

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Assistant Professor

Country of Origin: Bolivia

Service Center: Texas Service Center

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Texas

Approval Notice Date: August 29th, 2013

Processing Time: 24 days



Case Summary:

The average processing time for I-140 cases is 4-6 months. But on many occasions, we have cases approved far faster than the average processing time. In this instance, the case was approved in only 24 days.

The client with was an Assistant Professor originally from Bolivia working in the field of Economics and Finance. Specifically, the client’s work addressed inefficiencies in the allocation of scarce resources due to demand uncertainty and price rigidities, with a specific focus on the United States airline industry. We at Chen Immigration Law Associates demonstrated that his continued employment in the field would not only benefit those in the field of Economics, but the citizens of the United States at large by contributing to understanding the economics of the airline industry and the general understanding of essential economic concepts such as pricing and consumer behavior. We were able to demonstrate that the impact of his work was national in scope, and that his accomplishments proved he had influenced the field to a substantially greater degree than the majority of his peers.  To achieve success in this case, we submitted extensive documentation proving our client’s highly significant contributions to the field of Economics, including at least 10 peer-reviewed articles published in leading field journals and over 40 conference presentations to national and international audiences. His 10 publications had been cited at least 84 times at the time of case filing.  Of these accomplishments, one of the 6 recommenders remarked: “He is more qualified than many other economists who, though they may have a similar education or output, do not have his technical experience or proven success in the area. He is also essential for further airline research, as he again has a proven record at making unique revelations about this field, a record [that] most of his peers are unlikely to match.” Through extensive documentation, we at Chen Immigration Law Associates successfully argued that our client would serve the national interest to a significantly greater degree than others with similar education and experience. His NIW application was approved in just 24 days.


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