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Overview

The Immigration Act of 1990 created a previously unavailable mechanism for obtaining employment-based permanent residency: National Interest Waiver (NIW). National Interest Waiver is a waiver of the job offer requirement and labor certification application, if the alien can prove that, he or she is:

  • Alien of exceptional ability OR an advanced degree professional; AND
  • Involved in an activity which could benefit the national interest.

National Interest Waiver based immigrant visa application falls under employment-based 2nd preference (EB-2).

Advantage

National Interest Waiver is critical for many individuals who wish to avoid the labor certification process. As such, an applicant may self-petition (i.e. without employer sponsorship).

Services We Provide

Attorney Wang is a pioneering expert on National Interest Waiver (NIW). She has been working on NIW cases for nearly two decades. The success rate for the past 16 years is over 95%. Please contact us for a free evaluation by emailing your full CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The usual progression from EB2 National Interest Waiver to Green Card

Please click here to see a flowchart demonstration of the process from the beginning to receiving a Green Card.

Main Qualifying Criteria

In short, applicants for National Interest Waiver ("NIW") must show that if they are granted permanent residence, their work will substantially and prospectively benefit the economy, culture, or educational interest or welfare of the U.S. CIS has set forth the general factors which will be considered in connection with a National Interest Waiver application. These factors include whether granting the waiver will:

  1. Improve the US economy;
  2. Improve wages and/or working conditions for US workers;
  3. Improve health care;
  4. Improve education or training programs for US children and under-qualified workers;
  5. Provide more affordable housing;
  6. Improve the environment and assist with the conservation of natural resources;
  7. Upon request of an interested government agency.

At the end of the 2016, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) published a precedent decision, Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016). In this case, the AAO has significantly revised the analytical framework for evaluating National Interest Waiver (NIW)-based immigrant visa petitions that had been established in 1998 in Matter of New York State Dep’t of Transportation (NYSDOT).

Matter of Dhanasar established a new 3-pront test: USCIS may grant a national interest waiver if the petitioner demonstrates by a preponderance of the evidence: (1) that the foreign national’s proposed endeavor has substantial merit and national importance; (2) that the foreign national is well positioned to advance the proposed endeavor; and (3) that, on balance, it would be beneficial to the United States to waive the labor certification requirement.

Main Qualifying Criteria

In short, applicants for National Interest Waiver ("NIW") must show that if they are granted permanent residence, their work will substantially and prospectively benefit the economy, culture, or educational interest or welfare of the U.S. CIS has set forth the general factors which will be considered in connection with a National Interest Waiver application. These factors include whether granting the waiver will:

  1. Improve the US economy;
  2. Improve wages and/or working conditions for US workers;
  3. Improve health care;
  4. Improve education or training programs for US children and under-qualified workers;
  5. Provide more affordable housing;
  6. Improve the environment and assist with the conservation of natural resources;
  7. Upon request of an interested government agency.

Representative Successful Cases

We accept a selective number of National Interest Waiver cases and continue to be successful in an overwhelming majority of cases. Many are straight approvals without a Request for Evidence (RFE).

The following abstracts reflect the range of actual approved cases filed through our law firm:

Case #1 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Biosystems and environmental engineering
Position: PhD Student
Education: MS, PhD in progress
National Interest Claimed: Research in the area of animal waste control and management is both environmentally and economically vital for our nation.
Time from Filing to Approval: 15 days
Straight Approval without RFE? Yes
Summary of qualifications: 6 papers/conference proceedings including 3 as first author; conference speaker and presentations; 6 support letters.
Case #2 
Case Type EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Cellular and molecular neuroscience
Position: Postdoctoral researcher
Education: PhD
National Interest Claimed: Basic research in biology and neuroscience leads to development of novel drugs to treat neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s.
Time from Filing to Approval: Less than 3 months
Summary of qualifications: 9 papers in international peer-reviewed academic journals; conference presentations.
Case #3 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Cancer research
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: PhD
National Interest Claimed: Basic research provides the biological basis for early detection and prevention of colon cancer, and enables development of innovative cancer therapies.
Time from Filing to Approval: 2 months
Summary of qualifications: 3 papers in international peer-reviewed academic journals; conference presentations.
Case #4 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Cellular and molecular biology research
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: PhD
National Interest Claimed: Basic research in biology elucidates mechanisms of regulating proteins required for liver development.
Time from Filing to Approval: Less than 5 months
Summary of qualifications: 4 papers in international peer-reviewed academic journals; conference presentations.
Case #5 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Atmospheric science
Position: Research Faculty appointment
Education: PhD
National Interest Claimed: Research in the field of atmospheric science to better understand the impact of natural and man-made changes to the environment.
Time from Filing to Approval: 3.5 months
Summary of qualifications: 9 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals; conference speaker and presentations; 5 support letters.
Case #6 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Laser optics
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: PhD
National Interest Claimed: Development of high power fiber lasers is critical for national military, defense and security applications.
Time from Filing to Approval: 12 days
Summary of qualifications: 3 book chapters; 22 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals including 15 as first author; conference speaker and presentations; 8 support letters including several from high ranking officials from relevant government research laboratories.
Case #7 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Biomedical optics
Position: University instructor
Education: PhD
National Interest Claimed: Development of innovative medical diagnostic imaging techniques for cancer detection and cardiovascular diseases.
Time from Filing to Approval: 12 days
Summary of qualifications: 1 book chapter; 14 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals; conference speaker and presentations.
Notes Applicant’s I-140 Extraordinary Ability Alien petition was approved at the same time. 
Case #8 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Biomedical and cancer research
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in medical sciences.
National Interest Claimed: Research in DNA damage, repair and tumorgenesis enhances understanding of how cancers develop and progress.
Time from Filing to Approval: 4 months
Summary of qualifications: 5 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals; conference speaker and presentations; large number of citations.
Case #9 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Biomedical optics
Current Position: Research Fellow
Education: Ph.D. in optics.
National Interest Claimed: Development of innovative optical technologies for medical diagnostics.
Time from Filing to Approval: Less than 3 months
Summary of qualifications: 9 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals 7 as first author; conference speaker and presentations.
Case #10 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Aerospace engineering
Current Position: Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D. in aerospace engineering.
National Interest Claimed: Research in the area of dynamics and controls for intelligent aerospace vehicles contributes to the advancement of the nation’s space exploration mission.
Time from Filing to Approval: 30 days
Summary of qualifications: 4 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals all first author; 8 conference papers; 5 more journal papers submitted; conference speaker and presentations; PI or co-PI on several research grants.
Case #11 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Biology
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in biology.
National Interest Claimed: Basic research in the field of biology leads to discoveries of biological processes of medical importance, providing biological basis for development pf innovative cancer therapies.
Time from Filing to Approval: 5 months
Summary of qualifications: 10 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals 4 as first author; 1 more journal paper under preparation; conference speaker and presentations; very large number of paper citations.
Case #12 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Organic/polymeric functional materials
Current Position: Product Development Engineer
Education: Ph.D. in material science and engineering.
National Interest Claimed: Research in functional materials has far-reaching implications for civil, military and homeland security applications.
Time from Filing to Approval: less than 2 months
Summary of qualifications: 15 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals; conference speaker and presentations; very large number of citations.
Case #13 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Catalysis
Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar
Education: Ph.D. in physical and analytical chemistry.
National Interest Claimed: Advanced research in zeolite-based environmental catalysis leads to solutions addressing a host of environmental problems; use of novel nanocrystalline zeolite materials synthesized in the laboratory for the decontamination of chemical warfare agents.
Time from Filing to Approval: 13 months
Summary of qualifications: 25 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals including 10 as first author, a good number of citations, conference speaker and presentations.
Case #14 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Intelligent transportation systems
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in transportation planning and management.
National Interest Claimed: Contributions to the rapidly developing field of advanced traffic management and information systems is of substantial benefit to the U.S. environment and the economy.
Time from Filing to Approval: 4 months
Summary of qualifications: 0 papers in peer reviewed journals, 5 as first author. Conference papers and presentations. PI for several research project under contract with a state agency. Salary significantly higher than peers. 5 support letters including 2 from government agencies.
Case #15 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Surface science and technology
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in material science.
National Interest Claimed: Basic research in surface science and technology holds far-reaching implications for a number of applications ranging from energy utilization to environmental protection and next generation computers.
Time from Filing to Approval: 6 months
Summary of qualifications: 4 papers in peer reviewed journals, all first author; conference papers and presentations; 3 support letters.
Case #16 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Human mitochondrial genetics and mitochondrial genetic evolution
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in biology.
National Interest Claimed: Defects in mtDNA can cause a multitude of problems such as degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, certain forms of cancer, and aging. Research to develop new methods for detecting mtDNA variation plays a pivotal role in assessing the clinical impact of mtDNA variations common degenerative diseases.
Time from Filing to Approval: 2 weeks
Summary of qualifications: 15 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals including 7 as first author; decent number of citations; conference speaker and presentations; 3 new support letters submitted with RFE.
Case #17 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Biomedical optics
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in optics.
National Interest Claimed: Biomedical optics research aims to develop new techniques using light to measure sub-wavelength in biological tissues and cells. These techniques address critical national needs including cancer detection and brain imaging.
Time from Filing to Approval: 11 months
Summary of qualifications: 10 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals including 7 as first author; conference speaker and presentations; 5 support letters.
Case #18 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Evolutionary biology and genetics
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in zoology.
National Interest Claimed: Evolutionary biology, genetics and biomedical research has broad implications for brain and spinal cord injury and regeneration.
Time from Filing to Approval: 17 months
Summary of qualifications: 8 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals, all first author; conference speaker and presentations; 7 support letters.
Case #19 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Catalysis, surface science and nano materials
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in chemistry.
National Interest Claimed: Basic science research to understand the catalytic properties of nano materials is an important theme of nanoscience, which is widely billed as the next great technological revolution.
Time from Filing to Approval: 12 months
Summary of qualifications: 13 papers in peer reviewed journals including 6 as first author; conference papers and presentations; reviewed a manuscript; 6 support letters, 2 more with RFE including 1 from government agency.
Case #20 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Molecular and developmental genetics
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in plant genetics.
National Interest Claimed: Biomedical research in molecular and developmental genetics attempts to decode the mysteries of the brain and uncover the mechanisms underlying a wide variety of brain disorders and disabilities.
Time from Filing to Approval: 7 months
Summary of qualifications: 5 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals including 3 as first author; Ok number of citations (publications too recent); conference speaker and presentations; 5 support letters.
Case #21 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Pharmacogenetics
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology & experimental therapeutics.
National Interest Claimed: Pharmacogenetics research enhances understanding of the role of inheritance in individual variations in drug response, thus moving us closer to the goal of individualized drug therapy, both to avoid adverse drug reactions and to maximize the beneficial effects of medications.
Time from Filing to Approval: 14 months
Summary of qualifications: 6 papers in international academic journals including 3 as first author; one paper received 89 citations; conference speaker and presentations; 7 support letters.
Case #22 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Molecular biology and biomedical science
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in molecular biology.
National Interest Claimed: Basic research in molecular biology leads to scientific progress and development of new medical therapies, and contributes to the economic and medical well-being of citizens.
Time from Filing to Approval: 18 months
Summary of qualifications: 26 papers in international academic journals including 13 as first author; large number of citations; Conference speaker and presentations; 6 support letters.
Case #23 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Biomedical engineering
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in biomedical engineering.
National Interest Claimed: Biomedical engineering research leads to important medical applications, such as early and reliable disease detection, image guided surgical intervention, and less invasive medical procedures.
Time from Filing to Approval: 15 months
Summary of qualifications: 9 papers in U.S. journals including 6 as first author; conference papers and presentations; 7 support letters, 4 more with RFE including 2 from government agencies.
Case #24 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Environmental science, air quality and atmospheric sciences
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in environmental engineering.
National Interest Claimed: Study of atmospheric aerosols and influence of air pollutants upon human health, environment, and global climate changes.
Time from Filing to Approval: 10 months
Summary of qualifications: 8 papers in U.S. journals including 3 as first author; journal reviewer; 10 support letters including 2 from government agencies, and 1 from national lab.
Case #25 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Biomedical research/cell, molecular and cancer biology
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in microbiology.
National Interest Claimed: Cancer prevention    
Time from Filing to Approval: 2 months
Summary of qualifications: 3 papers in international academic journals including 1 as first author; conference speaker; 6 support letters.
Case #26 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: High performance computational scienc
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in environmental engineering.
National Interest Claimed: Environment.
Time from Filing to Approval: 5 months
Summary of qualifications: 7 papers in leading academic journals including 4 as first author; conference speaker; project Principal Investigator; 7 support letters.
Case #27 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Cancer biology
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in nutritional science.
National Interest Claimed: Research and cure of brain tumor.
Time from Filing to Approval: 4 months
Summary of qualifications: 16 papers in academic journals including 7 as first author; conference papers and presentations; several research awards; large amount of entries in citation index; media coverage of research accomplishments; 6 support letters with initial submission, 3 more with RFE.
Case #28 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Neuromuscular disease
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in biochemical engineering
National Interest Claimed: Research and treatment of muscular dystrophy and neurological diseases
Time from Filing to Approval: 4 months
Summary of qualifications: 40 papers in academic journals including 16 as first author; conference papers and presentations; 5 support letters with initial submission, 5 more with RFE.
Case #29 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Biomedical optics
Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar
Education: Ph.D. in biomedical optics.
National Interest Claimed: Medical diagnostic imaging/noninvasive cancer detection.
Time from Filing to Approval: 7 months
Summary of qualifications: 11 papers in leading academic journals including 5 as first author; numerous conference papers and presentations; journal Reviewer; professional conference organizing committee member; 9 support letters.
Case #30 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Materials science including nanomaterial research
Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar
Education: Ph.D. in materials science and engineering.
National Interest Claimed: National defense.
Time from Filing to Approval: 10 months
Summary of qualifications: 31 papers in leading academic journals including 18 as first author; invited field review paper; reviewer, professional society meeting symposium; research award from native country; 10 support letters.
Case #31 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Cancer biology research
Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar
Education: Ph.D. in molecular and developmental biology.
National Interest Claimed: Healthcare
Time from Filing to Approval: 7 months
Summary of qualifications: 8 papers in academic journals including 5 as first author, 2 more journal papers submitted; good number of citations including 47 for one paper; 8 support letters.
Case #32 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Microfluidics
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D.
National Interest Claimed: Research in the area of liquids and adaptive optical circuits that integrate optical and fluidic devices contributes to the economic and technological competitiveness of the U.S.
Time from Filing to Approval: 2 months
Summary of qualifications: 7 papers in the most competitive journals; good number of citations; recipient of multiple tenure-track job offers from prestigious schools.
Case #33 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Biological and biomedical research.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D.
National Interest Claimed: Biological and biomedical research investigates the molecular mechanisms of blood cell development and its relationship to blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma, and other viral infections.
Time from Filing to Approval: 2 months
Summary of qualifications: 2 book chapters; 9 papers; moderate number of citations. 
Case #34 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Emissions research.
Current Position: Researcher in a State Agency
Education: Ph.D.
National Interest Claimed: Research in the field of engine emissions contributes to the national interest of the U.S., particularly as we redouble our efforts to reduce engine emissions associated with the transportation sector.
Time from Filing to Approval: 2 months
Summary of qualifications: 9 papers; 5 conference papers; small number of citations; recipient of research grants.
Case #35 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Transportation planning and emissions modeling.
Current Position: Researcher in a State Agency
Education: Ph.D.
National Interest Claimed: Research in the field of transportation planning contributes to the national interest of the U.S., particularly as we redouble our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the transportation sector.
Time from Filing to Approval: 2 months
Summary of qualifications: 2 books; 9 papers; moderate amount of citations. 
Case #36 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Cancer biology
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow.
Education: Ph.D.
National Interest Claimed: Basic research in cancer biology has profound impact on basic science as well as biomedical applications.
Time from Filing to Approval: 10 months
Summary of qualifications:  6 papers; modest amount of citations.  

Case #37

Case #20 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Physics and biophysics.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D.
National Interest Claimed: Research in biphysics seeks to understand the molecular properties of biopharmaceutical products in order to achieve higher efficiency and reduced costs of biopharmaceutical manufacturing. 
Time from Filing to Approval: 9 months
Summary of qualifications: 9 papers; good amount of citations.  
Case #38 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Microbial stable isotope fractionation
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Education: Ph.D.
National Interest Claimed: Microbial stable isotope fractionation research has important implications to the international science community as well as policymakers who are dedicated to understanding and managing global environmental and human health threats related to climate change and mercury pollution. 
Time from Filing to Approval: Less than 1 months
Summary of qualifications: 10 papers; good amount of citations.  
Case #39 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Surface chemistry and physics.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Education: Ph.D.
National Interest Claimed: Research in surface chemistry and physics plays an important role in maintaining the competitiveness of the U.S. economy.
Time from Filing to Approval: 17 months
Summary of qualifications: A large number of papers; a large number of citations; performed review work for a significant number of journals. 
Case #40 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Semiconductor materials research.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Education: Ph.D.
National Interest Claimed: Semiconductor materials research has a wide range of critical military and civil applications.
Time from Filing to Approval: 12 months
Summary of qualifications: 13 papers; moderate amount of citations.
Case #41 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Behavioral pharmacology and neuroscience.
Current Position: Senior research associate
Education: M.D. and Ph.D.
National Interest Claimed: Research about psychiatric disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, impulse-control disorders and schizophrenia has important implications for U.S. health care and the development of new treatments.
Time from Filing to Approval: 4 months
Summary of qualifications: A large number of papers; significant review experience; Co-PI on a number of research grants.
Case #42 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Behavioral pharmacology, neuroscience and genetics research.
Current Position: Research Associate.
Education: Ph.D. in pharmacology.
National Interest Claimed: Research about psychiatric disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, impulse-control disorders and schizophrenia has important implications for U.S. health care. 
Time from Filing to Approval: 15 months
Summary of qualifications: Large number of papers; extensive citation record; Co-PI on a NIH grant.
Case #43 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Developmental biology and genetics research.
Current Position: Ph.D. student
Education: M.S. pursuing Ph.D. in biology.
National Interest Claimed: Research in developmental biology and genetics seeks to understand the molecular basis of neurological development and function and lays the groundwork for future discoveries and contributes to the development of effective therapeutics.
Time from Filing to Approval: 15 months
Summary of qualifications: 2 papers.
Case #44 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Biology
Current Position: Research Associate 
Education: Ph.D. in biology.
National Interest Claimed: Epigenetics research has profound impact on the human society, including the creation of possible ways to help fight various diseases such as cancer.
Time from Filing to Approval: 6 months
Summary of qualifications: 14 papers; a large number of citations. The petitioner's EB-1 extraordinary ability alien application was also approved. 
Case #45 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Transportation research.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher 
Education: Ph.D. in systems and industrial engineering.
National Interest Claimed: Research in intelligent transportation systems seeks to develop advanced technologies to improve traffic safety, reduce congestion, and bring greater efficiency to the transportation system.
Time from Filing to Approval: 8 months
Summary of qualifications: 5 papers; a small number of citations. 
Case #46 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Cancer biology and biomedical research.
Current Position: Research Fellow 
Education: Ph.D. in cancer pathology.
National Interest Claimed: Research in cancer biology improves the scientific understanding of cancer, and also forms the basis on which new therapeutic approaches may be developed.
Time from Filing to Approval: 11 months
Summary of qualifications: 5 papers; a small number of citations.
Case #47 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Biology.
Current Position: Research Associate 
Education: Ph.D. in biology.
National Interest Claimed: Research in epigenetics is a hot area in biological sciences. 
Time from Filing to Approval: 11 months
Summary of qualifications: 14 papers; extensive citation history. The applicant's petition in the EB-1 extraordinary ability alien category was also approved.
Case #48 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Computational and mathematical biology.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate
Education: Ph.D. in physics.
National Interest Claimed: Research in the field of computational and mathematical biology seeks to advance our understanding of basic biological mechanisms and to identify novel targets for disease treatment.
Time from Filing to Approval: 12 months
Summary of qualifications: 6 papers; a small number of citations.
Case #49 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Nanotechnology
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in electronic and electrical engineering.
National Interest Claimed: Research in the multidisciplinary field of nanotechnology directly impacts America's competitive in science and technology. 
Time from Filing to Approval: 11 months
Summary of qualifications: 21 papers; good amount of citations. 
Case #50 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Biofuel research
Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate
Education: Ph.D. in genetic engineering and molecular biology.
National Interest Claimed: Development of biofuels alleviates America's dependency on foreign oil, and brings a number of environmental benefits.
Time from Filing to Approval: 9 months
Summary of qualifications: 4 papers; very limited number of citations.
Case #51 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Medical imaging.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in nuclear engineering and radiological sciences.
National Interest Claimed: Research in biomedical engineering and medical imaging aims to develop new techniques and therapies to treat cancer. 
Time from Filing to Approval: 7 months
Summary of qualifications: 11 papers; moderate amount of citations; Co-Investigators on two research grants.
Case #52 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Atomic physics
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Education: Ph.D. in physics.
National Interest Claimed: Fundamental science research in atomic physics has broad implications on the development of science and technology; the more practical research to develop biomolecule detectors is crucial both for biomedical research in itself, and for preventing possible biological threats to our Nation. 
Time from Filing to Approval: 12 months
Summary of qualifications: Highly accomplished scientists with publications in best journals such as Science and Nature, yielding more than 1,100 citations. We feel that the RFE was unjustified. 
Case #53 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Atmospheric science
Current Position: Research Professor 
Education: Ph.D. in earth and atmospheric science.
National Interest Claimed: Research in the field of atmospheric sciences to better understand the impact of natural and man-made changes to the environment. 
Time from Filing to Approval: 7 months
Summary of qualifications: 7 papers; very limited citation record; PI of two project funded by a federal agency.
Case #54 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Intelligent transportation systems
Current Position: Research Engineer
Education: Ph.D. in civil engineering.
National Interest Claimed: Research in the field of intelligent transportation systems, to develop advanced technologies to reduce traffic congestion, improve safety, and bring greater efficiency to the transportation system.
Time from Filing to Approval: 16 months
Summary of qualifications: 13 journal papers; 8 conference papers; journal reviewer; PI or Co/PI on many research projects.
Case #55 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Geography
Current Position: System Analyst at a state government agency.
Education: Ph.D. in Geography.
National Interest Claimed: Research in the field of spatial analysis seeks to bridge environmental science and environmental policy and management.
Time from Filing to Approval: 5 months
Summary of qualifications: A few conference and internal technical papers.
Case #56 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Optics
Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar
Education: Ph.D. in optics.
National Interest Claimed: Research in the field of nonlinear optics for biomedical applications addresses critical national needs such as early detection of cancer and heart disease.
Time from Filing to Approval: 6 months
Summary of qualifications: 5 papers; very limited citation record.
Case #57 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Genetics and neurobiology. 
Current Position: Research Fellow
Education: Ph.D. in biology.
National Interest Claimed: Development and use of genomic technologies to discover and elucidate the function of new human genes that underlie Autism and Mental Retardation in order to develop better diagnostics and treatment strategies.
Time from Filing to Approval: 5 months
Summary of qualifications: 6 papers in some of the "hardest and best" journals; very limited citation record.
Case #58 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Physical optics and near-field statistical optics.
Current Position: Research Specialist 
Education: Ph.D. in fluid dynamics.
National Interest Claimed: Research in the area of aerodynamics, aeroelasticity and computational fluid mechanics contributes to the advancement of the nation's aerospace program.
Time from Filing to Approval: 14 months
Summary of qualifications: 6 papers and several conference proceedings; very limited citation record.
Case #59 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Solid state physics and microelectronics.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher 
Education: Ph.D. in physics.
National Interest Claimed: Basic research in physics and materials science has a wide range of military and space related applications. 
Time from Filing to Approval: 6 months
Summary of qualifications: 10 papers in peer-reviewed journals; moderate citation record.
Case #60 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Physical optics and near-field statistical optics.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Scientist 
Education: Ph.D. in optics.
National Interest Claimed: Research in physical optics and near-field statistical optics has applications in numerous industrial, medical and national defense context.
Time from Filing to Approval: 14 months
Summary of qualifications: 7 papers (six as first author) in peer-reviewed journals; very limited citation record.
Case #61 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Cancer research.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in cell biology.
National Interest Claimed: Research of the mechanisms of cancer development and progression seeks to identify tumor promoter and to develop therapeutic target for cancer treatment.
Time from Filing to Approval: 7 months
Summary of qualifications: 7 papers in peer-reviewed journals; very limited citation record.
Case #62 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Atmospheric and environmental chemistry.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences.
National Interest Claimed: Research to study the atmospheric chemistry reveals how human activities affect the air quality and provide vital information on how to preserve the environment.
Time from Filing to Approval: 4 months
Summary of qualifications: 5 papers in peer-reviewed journals; modest citation history.
Case #63 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Biophysics applied to biomedicine
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in physics.
National Interest Claimed: Research in biophysics and biomedicine aims to develop new techniques and therapies to treat tumors in the abdominal and thoracic regions. 
Time from Filing to Approval: 4 months
Summary of qualifications: 11 papers in peer-reviewed journals; good citation history.
Case #64 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Cancer research.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in nutrition.
National Interest Claimed: Basic science research to study the mechanisms of tumorigenesis leads to discoveries in many biological processes of medical importance.
Time from Filing to Approval: 6 months
Summary of qualifications: 6 papers in peer-reviewed journals; modest citation history.
Case #65 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Food and sensory science.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Education: Ph.D. in food science.
National Interest Claimed: Food science is part of the backbone of this country with importance agricultural resources and export. Sensory science benefits the national economy and the health of citizens.
Time from Filing to Approval: 13 months
Summary of qualifications: 5 papers in peer-reviewed journals; almost no citation.
Case #66 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Plant biology.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in biology.
National Interest Claimed: Plant biology research investigates the crucial steps that govern plant growth and development, thus contributing to the areas of biotechnology to enhance yields in major agricultural crops. 
Time from Filing to Approval: 4 months
Summary of qualifications: 11 papers in high impact, peer-reviewed journals; first author paper prominently featured in special highlights; extensive citation history.
Case #67 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Neuroscience.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow 
Education: Ph.D. in neuroscience.
National Interest Claimed: Research in the area of brain function for learning and memory paves the way for developing treatment for brain damage and disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, autism, schizophrenia and depression.
Time from Filing to Approval: 11 months
Summary of qualifications: 11 papers in high impact journals including 5 first author; first author paper in Cell with a very large amount of citations; research grants; very strong support letters.
Case #68 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Geophysical remote sensing and hydrology
Current Position: Research Scientist
Education: Ph.D. in environmental engineering.
National Interest Claimed: Geophysical sensing and its applications to soil moisture monitoring and mapping. 
Time from Filing to Approval: 12 months
Summary of qualifications: 11 papers including 3 first author; very limited amount of citations; very strong support letters.
Case #69 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Optics and biomedical imaging
Current Position: Research Fellow 
Education: Ph.D. in physics.
National Interest Claimed: Development of innovative optical technologies for medical diagnostics.
Time from Filing to Approval: 12 months
Summary of qualifications: 14 papers including 6 first author; moderate amount of citations; 4 support letters.
Case #70 
Case Type: EB2 NIW
Field of Expertise: Cell biology and genetics
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Education: Ph.D. in biochemistry.
National Interest Claimed: Basic science investigation of the molecular basis of mental retardation, with a special focus of Rett syndrome, is essential for health research, in turn leading to important therapeutic methods. 
Time from Filing to Approval: 4 months
Summary of qualifications: 3 papers including 2 first author; recipient of a research grant of moderate amount.

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