Success Stories: Comprehensive Petition Led to NIW Approval for Graduate Research Assistant in Illinois in the Field of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics


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On July 6th, 2018, we received another EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approval for a Graduate Research Assistant in the Field of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (Approval Notice).

General Field: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Graduate Research Assistant

Country of Origin: Iran

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Illinois

Approval Notice Date: July 6th, 2018

Processing Time: 4 months, 24 days

Case Summary:

With a master’s degree in theoretical and applied mechanics and ample experience in the same field, an Iranian graduate research assistant was a good fit for EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver). After a careful review of credentials, we concluded that we could help him secure the national interest waiver, and these are the key points we focused on:

  1. We listed the 223 times his work was cited at the time of filing. We used this number to prove that our client’s publications are widely recognized and relied upon in the field of theoretical and applied mechanics.
  2. Our client’s publication record was also noted: 7 journal articles when we filed his case. As these papers were published in the field’s top journals, they reflected our client’s influence in the field.
  3. We also listed the 4 times our client was invited to judge the work of his peers. As only top-level experts are invited to perform review work, our client’s review activity highlighted his important standing in the field.
  4. As with all our clients, we helped him select potential recommenders to support his case. Our client obtained 4 letters or recommendation, all from prominent members of the theoretical and applied mechanics research community. This is what one of them noted about our client and his work: “Overcoming obstacles to power generation and water scarcity satisfies various industries and governmental agencies in the United States and across the world. [Client’s] findings contribute to solving these challenges while addressing public health. His research is the first of its kind, contributing some of the most important findings to the field of theoretical and applied mechanics.”
  5. We also reviewed and accounted for our client’s important work on the physical properties of systems at a nanoscale. We emphasized that his work is crucial to the US because it addresses several critical issues including water scarcity, dependence upon non-renewable energy sources, and the devastation of disease.

Overall, the USCIS spent nearly 5 months adjudicating our client’s NIW petition before granting their approval. We are pleased that our client secured petition approval and is now one big step closer to securing a green card. We thank him for retaining us to help him adjust his status for permanent residence. While we wait for the USCIS to make a decision on this final step in the green card process, we wish our client the best as he continues to carry out impactful research.

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