Success Stories: A Taiwanese Research Scientist working in the Field of Mechanical Engineering Received NIW as well as O1-A Approvals with the help of NAILG’s teamwork and hard work


Client’s Testimonial:

“I really appreciate your help and service for both my NIW and O-1A applications, they both got approved within a week (so fast!!!), meaning that the document and the letter were prepared professionally. The process was so smooth and straightforward. Appreciate your help and professional advice!”


On May 8th, 2023 and September 7th, 2023, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval and O1-A (Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement) approval for a Research Scientist in the Field of Mechanical Engineering (Approval Notice).

General Field: Mechanical Engineering

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Research Scientist

Country of Origin: Taiwan

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: California

Approval Notice Date: May 8th, 2023 (NIW) and September 7th, 2023 (O1-A)

Processing Time: 7 days (NIW) (Premium Processing Requested) and 7 days (O1-A) (Premium Processing Requested)

Case Summary:

While the O1-A visa benefits aliens of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, those foreign nationals should at least have:

  • Sustained national/international claim.
  • Their achievement must be recognized in the field through extensive documentation.
  • Current/previous employment in a critical or essential capacity for organizations or establishments that have a distinguished reputation.

The NIW petitioners on the other hand must fulfill the below-mentioned prerequisites:

  • The foreign national must be in a position to advance the proposed endeavor.
  • The applicant must present evidence that the U.S. would benefit on balance to waive the job offer criteria for an EB-2.
  • A proposed endeavor, holding substantial merit and national importance.

After completing his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, our client, currently a Research Scientist from Taiwan, approached us to file his NIW (National Interest Waiver) and O1-A (Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement) petitions on his behalf.

His research addresses some of our nation’s most pressing issues in understanding how to develop large-scale, vascularized bone tissue engineering constructs to optimize drug screening and cell sorting methodologies. His strong background in mechanical engineering has allowed his research to be particularly original, with applications such as reducing the burden of orthopedic conditions and orthopedic trauma.

To wit, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), and the Peer Reviewed Orthopedic Research Program (PRORP), Boswell Foundation funded his research. This funding supports projects that develop treatments for bone, muscle, and skin diseases; studies that advance dental, oral, and craniofacial health; projects that benefit Navy-relevant research; and projects that provide healthcare solutions for injured military personnel.

Consequently, to make a strong case in his favor, we included the following details in his petition packet:

  • His work has resulted in at least 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 3 book chapters, and 3 patent applications.
  • His publications have been cited at least 562 times according to Google Scholar.
  • He has completed at least 11 peer reviews.

He has even received 4 recommendation letters from his fellow experts in the field, one of whom remarked:

“….[Client’s]endeavor to further this goal is not only a commendable scientific endeavor, but a necessity for the future of medical care in the United States. His contributions to date not only stand to remedy this shortage, but also improve the lives of countless patients in years to come as necessary tissues become more accessible due to the new technological reality of bioengineered material synthesis. [Client’s] work stands at the forefront of the field in this regard and, thus, he is not only well positioned to continue in this valiant effort, but to positively contribute to the resolution of this shortage overall.”

Eventually, he received both his NIW and O1-A visa approvals in a week only (thanks to premium processing). We are glad to be a part of his successful journey and wish him a flourishing life ahead.

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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