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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

NIW [National Interest Waiver] green card petition approved for PhD student with only 3 scientific research publications and seven citations!

We are pleased to report an excellent decision from the USCIS [United States Citizenship and Immigration Service] Nebraska Service Center on a national interest waiver green card petition!

This was a challenging petition for a highly skilled, but young, social researcher, dedicated to improving the lives of America’s elderly population. USCIS acknowledged "that the proposed employment was in the national interest of the United States". BUT, USCIS also had serious doubts about whether our client's "past record of specific prior achievement justified projections of future benefit in the national interest”.

By working closely with our client and some of the leading organizations in the United States devoted to research and education in all aspects of gerontology, we prepared a comprehensive response which clearly demonstrated that despite our client's low number of publications/citations, her impact on the field was substantial. Specifically, we solicited the opinions of the aforementioned leading organizations, and documented her influence on the field by showing that other leading figures in the field were not only taking notice of her work, but were also using it to advance their own work.

Ultimately, we are so pleased that our client can now focus on helping America's elderly population without being distracted by the immigration process!


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