Success Story: NIW (National Interest Waiver) Approved For Web-Developer without any Citations after RFE (Request for Evidence)

Client’s Testimonial

Praise God. I thank you so much. I worried a lot. You are best of bests. For I-485, actually I applied it on late July (Sorry I did not take your advice for this) and received travel / employment card already (done in finger printing as well). I will refer you to my friend as well. I will let you know later.

On 12/06/2012, we received another NIW approval for a client who had no publications or citations at the time the case was filed. (Approval Notice)

Case Summary:

For this case, we prepared more than 13 testimonial letters in addition to 8 reference letters and presented a strong petition letter; however, after around four months we received an RFE (Request for Evidence). Certainly, when an immigration officer does see a citation record, it is likely to get a RFE.

Citations are generally considered to be the most important factor of an NIW case by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services; however, we at Chen Immigration Law Associates have successful techniques and strategies that allow us to circumvent the USCIS’ focus on a petitioner’s citation record.

Through the use of our proven RFE response format, we successfully responded to this RFE regardless of zero citations. Most importantly, we draft recommendation letters that include specific language regarding the petitioner’s contributions, and the use and implementation of these contributions by other professionals in the petitioner’s field. We then submit these letters to be reviewed and signed by independent recommenders specified by the petitioner.

These independent recommendation letters serve as objective testimony regarding the impact of the petitioner’s work, and were the foundation of our RFE response. In addition to independent recommendation letters, we quoted relevant decisions by the Administrative Appeals Office that demonstrated the acceptability of evidence (other than a strong citation record). Finally, we conduct independent and objective searches to contextualize the impact of the petitioner’s work in relation to others in shared areas of studies.

This was a difficult case, however,  by using a unique strategy tailored specifically for this client’s case, we secured approval two months following the submission of the RFE response!

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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With our exceedingly large number of successful petitions, no matter what credentials you have, no matter your background and field of expertise, no matter your visa status or nationality, chances are we have helped hundreds or even thousands of clients just like you. Our clients are usually impressed with how well we understand their research and work. Our insight and understanding stems from the fact that we have handled many cases with elements similar to yours already, and this helps us devise the best strategies for each individual petition.

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