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Post image for Immigrant Visa Approval Based on EB-2 I-140 Schedule A Category Petition Approval for Filipina Nurse Practitioner Beneficiary in Manila

CASE: Immigrant Visa/ I-140 (EB-2 Category) / Schedule A

EMPLOYER: Physician’s Office

BENEFICIARY: Filipina Nurse Practitioner

LOCATION: Petitioner is in Honolulu, Hawaii; Beneficiary is in Manila, Philippines

 

Our client is a certified nurse practitioner. Her prospective employer was willing to petition her for a second-preference employment immigrant visa petition (I-140). Since she was a certified nurse practitioner, she was eligible for “Schedule A” classification. The Department of Labor (DOL) maintains a schedule of occupations in its regulations, Schedule A included, for which the individual permanent labor certification procedure is not required. The schedule of pre-certified occupations is referred to as Schedule A, and is included in DOL regulations at 20 CFR 656.10. Based on an occupation’s inclusion on Schedule A, an employer may file an immigrant visa petition (I-140) directly with the (USCIS) without first going to the DOL for a labor certification. Usually, prior to filing I-140 petitions (EB-2 or EB-3 category), the employer must file a Labor Certification to the Department of Labor. However, for Schedule A cases, the employer does not have to go through the labor certification process. The position of Nurse Practitioner is included in Schedule A.

 

Our client has a Bachelor and Masters degree in nursing and is a certified Nurse Practitioner. Our office was retained on June 10, 2014 and we started the Prevailing Wage Determination filing and other related matters.

 

We filed the I-140 application on September 25, 2014 via premium processing. We included the job offer letter, the notice of filing, employment letter, and other necessary supporting documents. In our cover brief, we included the “ability to pay” argument and why nurse practitioners must fall under the Schedule A designation.  On October 7, 2014, without any Request for Evidence (RFE), the USCIS Nebraska Service Center approved her EB-2 I-140 petition.

 

After her I-140 was approved, our client retained our office again for her immigrant visa processing. Once we were retained, our office filed the immigrant visa packets to the National Visa Center on January 12, 2015, who in turn forwarded the client’s materials to the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. An interview notice was set for the client at the U.S. Embassy in Philippines. On May 11, 2015, our client appeared at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. The interview went well, and the Embassy approved and issued her immigrant visa.

 

With the approved Immigrant Visa, our client can come to the United States immediately, and she will get her green card within two months of entry.

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Post image for I-140 National Interest Waiver Approval for Honduran Agriculture & Applied Geographic Information Science Researcher in Washington, D.C.

CASE: I-140 / National Interest Waiver

CLIENT: Honduran

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

 

Our client contacted us in 2014 about the possibility of doing a National Interest Waiver. He is a researcher in the field of agriculture and geography research, and is currently working as a Research Analyst / Geospatial Analyst at one of the International NGOs in Washington, D.C.

 

His significant contributions have placed him at the pinnacle of the field of agriculture and geography research; specifically, advancement in finding policy solutions for food and nutrition security in developing areas domestically and developing countries through the application of geographical analysis tools and approaches. Throughout his research career, our client has provided innovative solutions for determining measurable geographical features that relates to different levels of West Nile virus transmission and vector abundance. Although our client does not have a Ph. D. degree (He has Master’s Degree), our client’s work has been highly evaluated by the reviewers of various journals and by colleagues and experts in his field of endeavor.

 

Upon review of his credentials and qualifications, our office determined that he was qualified for the National Interest Waiver (NIW) category. Being qualified for NIW is beneficial since you would not need an employer nor family member to petition for you for green card purposes. You’d be eligible for a self-petition and unless you are from China or India, in which case you’d still have to wait for priority dates to be current, you would be eligible to apply for adjustment of status (green card) immediately without any lag in priority dates.

 

As a primer, NIW applicants must have a master’s or higher degree. The landmark immigration case that discusses the standards for NIWs is Matter of New York State Department of Transportation, 22 I&N Dec. 215 (Comm.1998). This case held that the qualifying applicant must show the following elements in his or her I-140 NIW petition: First, it must be shown that the alien seeks employment in an area of substantial intrinsic merit. Next, it must be shown that the proposed benefit will be national in scope. Finally, the petitioner seeking the waiver must establish that the alien will serve the national interest to a substantially greater degree than would an available U. S. worker having the same minimum qualifications.

 

Our office prepared a 22-page brief for our client’s NIW filing. Our client also obtained 9 letters of recommendation from his colleagues and internationally-recognized researchers in his field. Our office also included his publication records, presentation records, and conference materials in the NIW application. We demonstrated the intrinsic merit of our client’s research in the United States, the national scope of his research, and asserted that our client would serve the national interest to a substantially greater degree than would an available U.S. worker having the same minimum qualifications. His NIW application contained 36 exhibits (Exhibit A to JJ).

 

Our office filed his I-140(NIW) petition to the USCIS Texas Service Center on June 16, 2014. On May 6, 2015, the USCIS approved his I-140 petition without any Requests for Evidence.  Now, with the approved NIW I-140 petition, he can file his adjustment of status application at any time.

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CASE: I-485 adjustment of status / I-140 (EB-2 Category) / Schedule A

 

EMPLOYER: Physician’s Office

 

BENEFICIARY: South Korean Nurse Practitioner

 

LOCATION: Greater Houston Area, TX

 

Our client is a certified nurse practitioner. Her prospective employer was willing to petition her for a second-preference employment immigrant visa petition (I-140). Since she was a certified nurse practitioner, she was eligible for “Schedule A” classification.

 

The Department of Labor (DOL) maintains a schedule of occupations in its regulations, Schedule A included, for which the individual permanent labor certification procedure is not required. The schedule of pre-certified occupations is referred to as Schedule A, and is included in DOL regulations at 20 CFR 656.10. Based on an occupation’s inclusion on Schedule A, an employer may file an immigrant visa petition (I-140) directly with the (USCIS) without first going to the DOL for a labor certification. Usually, prior to filing I-140 petitions (EB-2 or EB-3 category), the employer must file a Labor Certification to the Department of Labor. However, for Schedule A cases, the employer does not have to go through the labor certification process. The position of Nurse Practitioner is included in Schedule A.

 

Our client has a Bachelors and Masters degree in nursing and is a certified Nurse Practitioner. Our office was retained on June 10, 2014 and we filed a Prevailing Wage Determination Request immediately.

 

We filed the I-140 application on October 6, 2014 via premium processing. We included the job offer letter, the notice of filing, employment letter, and other necessary supporting documents.

 

In our cover brief, we included the “ability to pay” argument and why nurse practitioners must fall under the Schedule A designation.

 

On October 21, 2014, without any Request for Evidence (RFE), the USCIS Texas Service Center approved her EB-2 I-140 petition. Once the I-140 petition was approved, our client retained our office again for her I-485 adjustment of status application. Our office filed an I-485 adjustment of status application for our client on December 9, 2014. Everything went smoothly and the receipt notices and fingerprint appointment came on time.

 

Eventually, on April 16, 2015, the USCIS Texas Service Center approved our client’s adjustment of status application. Now, she finally is a green card holder. 

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Post image for I-140 National Interest Waiver Approval after Successful Response to RFE for Korean Electrical and Material Engineering Researcher in Gainesville Florida

CASE: I-140 / National Interest Waiver / Response to RFE

 

CLIENT: Korean

 

LOCATION: Gainesville, FL

 

Our client contacted us in October 2014 to get legal assistance for an NIW Response to Request for Evidence (RFE) he obtained after he filed the NIW Self-Petition himself. He is a post-doctorate researcher and scientist in the field of ferroelectric material and biomedical research, and is currently working as a post-doctorate researcher in an academic institution in Gainesville, FL. In May 2014, our client filed an I-140 NIW self-petition to the USCIS by himself. However, in September 2014, the USCIS issued a Request for Evidence and requested our client to demonstrate the following:

 

·         The petitioner (our client) must establish that he has a past record of specific prior achievement with some degree of influence on the field as a whole;

·         The petitioner must establish, in some capacity, the beneficiary’s ability to serve the national interest to a substantially greater extent than the majority of others in the field;

·         The petitioner must establish that the beneficiary’s skills or background are unique and innovative and serve the national interest; and

·         The petitioner must persuasively demonstrate that the national interest would be adversely affected if a labor certification were required.

 

During consultation stage, our office reviewed our client’s credentials and qualifications.  Moreover, our office reviewed the copy of his initial I-140 NIW filing which was done by our client himself.  After review, we determined that our client was clearly qualified for the National Interest Waiver (NIW) category because he has over 900 citations and his significant contributions have placed him at the pinnacle of his field. Throughout his research career, our client has successfully developed a series of dielectric materials and structures for Radio Frequency (RF) tunable and dynamic random access memory applications such as: A and B site doped barium strontium titanate, Lead strontium titanate and hetero-layered lead strontium titanate, etc.  These dielectric materials and hetero-layered thin films would benefit the United States in many aspects of our economy, national defense, and environment. Our client’s research work were highly evaluated by reviewers of various journals and by colleagues and experts in the field.

 

Our client received an RFE because he did not demonstrate his “exceptional ability” and outstanding past accomplishments by using the standards for NIW. The landmark immigration case that discusses the standards for NIWs is Matter of New York State Department of Transportation , 22 I&N Dec. 215 (Comm.1998). This case held that the qualifying applicant must show the following elements in his or her I-140 NIW petition: First, it must be shown that the alien seeks employment in an area of substantial intrinsic merit. Next, it must be shown that the proposed benefit will be national in scope. Finally, the petitioner seeking the waiver must establish that the alien will serve the national interest to a substantially greater degree than would an available U. S. worker having the same minimum qualifications.

 

Our client retained us on October 24, 2014. He received seven (7) more letters of recommendation from his colleagues and internationally-recognized scientists for his Response to RFE. Our office prepared a 28-page brief for our client’s Response to RFE. Our office also included his publication records, presentation records, and conference materials in the NIW application.  In the response brief, we demonstrated the intrinsic merit of our client’s research in the United States, the national scope of his research, and asserted that our client would serve the national interest to a substantially greater degree than would an available U.S. worker having the same minimum qualifications.

 

Our office filed his Response to RFE to the USCIS Texas Service Center on December 10, 2014 with substantial amount of supporting documents. On April 6, 2015, the USCIS approved his I-140 petition. When he filed his I-140 petition, he simultaneously filed his adjustment of status application (I-485). Since his I-140 petition was approved, his adjustment of status application will likely be approved soon.

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Post image for Nurse Practitioner Immigration EB-2 Schedule A I-140 Approval for Kenyan Beneficiary and Physician’s Office Petitioner in Minnesota

CASE: I-140 (EB-2 Category) / Schedule A

EMPLOYER: Physician’s Office

BENEFICIARY: Kenya

LOCATION: Minnesota

Our client is a certified nurse practitioner. His prospective employer was willing to petition him for a second-preference employment immigrant visa petition (I-140). Since he was a certified nurse practitioner, he was eligible for “Schedule A” classification.

The Department of Labor (DOL) maintains a schedule of occupations in its regulations, Schedule A included, for which the individual permanent labor certification procedure is not required. The schedule of pre-certified occupations is referred to as Schedule A, and is included in DOL regulations at 20 CFR 656.10. Based on an occupation’s inclusion on Schedule A, an employer may file an immigrant visa petition (I-140) directly with the (USCIS) without first going to the DOL for a labor certification. Usually, prior to filing I-140 petitions (EB-2 or EB-3 category), the employer must file a Labor Certification to the Department of Labor. However, for Schedule A cases, the employer does not have to go through the labor certification process. The position of Nurse Practitioner is included in Schedule A.

Our client has a Bachelors and Masters degree in nursing and is a certified Nurse Practitioner. Our office was retained and we filed the Prevailing Wage Determination immediately.

We filed the I-140 application on September 23, 2014 via regular processing. We included the job offer letter, the notice of filing, employment letter, and other necessary supporting documents. Moreover, we filed our client’s I-485 adjustment of status application concurrently with the I-140 petition.

In our cover brief, we included the “ability to pay” argument and why nurse practitioners must fall under the Schedule A designation.  On March 26, 2015, without any Request for Evidence (RFE), the USCIS Nebraska Service Center approved his EB-2 I-140 petition. His I-485 adjustment of status application will be approved as well.

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Post image for Nurse Manager Schedule A EB2 I-140 Approval for Filipino Beneficiary and Nursing Care Facility Petitioner in Houston, TX

CASE: I-140 (EB-2 Category) / Schedule A / Premium Processing

EMPLOYER: Nursing Care Facility

BENEFICIARY: Filipina

LOCATION: Beneficiary: Philippines / Petitioner: Houston, TX

Our client is in the Philippines. His prospective employer-sponsor is in Texas (Petitioner). The employer was willing to petition him for a second-preference employment immigrant visa petition (I-140). Since he has a Texas registered nurse license and the proffered position for him is a nurse manager at the nursing care facility, the petitioner wanted to try going for a “Schedule A” classification. They also wanted to do EB2 (requiring at least a Masters degree or Bachelors degree + 5 yrs experience).

The Department of Labor (DOL) maintains a schedule of occupations in its regulations, Schedule A included, for which the individual permanent labor certification procedure is not required. The schedule of pre-certified occupations is referred to as Schedule A, and is included in DOL regulations at 20 CFR 656.10. Based on an occupation’s inclusion on Schedule A, an employer may file an immigrant visa petition (I-140) directly with the (USCIS) without having to file a Labor Certification with the Department of Labor. Usually, prior to filing I-140 petitions (EB-2 or EB-3 category), the employer must file a Labor Certification to the Department of Labor. However, for Schedule A cases, the employer does not have to go through the labor certification process. We argued that the position of Health Services Manager should be classified under Schedule A. We argued that it falls under the broad spectrum of “professional nurse” occupations. We also argued that the job description has excerpts that fall under “professional nurse” and that the description justifies the requirements also of Bachelor’s degree in nursing and five years of related experiences.

Our client has a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and 5 years of experience as a clinical nurse. He also has a registered nursing license in the state of Texas. Our office was retained and we started the Prevailing Wage Determination filing and other related matters.

After the prevailing wage was determined, we filed the I-140 application on March 16, 2015 via premium processing. We included a job offer letter, the notice of filing, employment letter, and other necessary supporting documents. In our cover brief, we included the “ability to pay” argument and why the nurse manager position falls under a Schedule A and EB2 designation.

Eventually, on March 26, 2015, the USCIS Texas Service Center approved his EB-2 I-140 petition. Now, with the approved EB-2 I-140 petition (priority date for EB2 Philippines nationals is current), he can file an immigrant visa in the Philippines.

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Post image for Health Services Manager Schedule A EB2 I-140 Approval for Filipina Beneficiary and Nursing Care Facility Petitioner in Houston, TX

CASE: I-140 (EB-2 Category) / Schedule A / Premium Processing

EMPLOYER: Nursing Care Facility

BENEFICIARY: Filipina

LOCATION: Houston, TX

The beneficiary is from the Philippines. Her prospective employer-sponsor is willing to petition her for a second-preference employment immigrant visa petition (I-140). Since she has a registered nurse license and the proffered position for her is a health services manager (nurse manager) at the nursing care facility, the petitioner wanted to try going for a “Schedule A” classification. They also wanted to do EB2 (requiring at least a Masters degree or Bachelors degree + 5 yrs experience).

The Department of Labor (DOL) maintains a schedule of occupations in its regulations, Schedule A included, for which the individual permanent labor certification procedure is not required. The schedule of pre-certified occupations is referred to as Schedule A, and is included in DOL regulations at 20 CFR 656.10. Based on an occupation’s inclusion on Schedule A, an employer may file an immigrant visa petition (I-140) directly with the (USCIS) without having to file a Labor Certification with the Department of Labor. Usually, prior to filing I-140 petitions (EB-2 or EB-3 category), the employer must file a Labor Certification to the Department of Labor. However, for Schedule A cases, the employer does not have to go through the labor certification process. We argued that the position of Health Services Manager should be classified under Schedule A. We argued that it falls under the broad spectrum of “professional nurse” occupations. We also argued that the job description has excerpts that fall under “professional nurse” and that the description justifies the requirements also of Bachelor’s degree in nursing and five years of related experiences.

Our client has a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and has more than five years total experience as a manager. She also has a registered nurse license in the state of Texas. Our office was retained and we started on the Prevailing Wage Determination filing and other related matters.

Once the prevailing wage was determined, we filed the I-140 application on February 27, 2015 via premium processing. We included a job offer letter, the notice of filing, employment letter, and other necessary supporting documents. In our cover brief, we included the “ability to pay” argument and why the health services manager position falls under a Schedule A and EB2 designation. Moreover, we cited an AAO decision and argued that positions other than “registered nurses” can fall under the definition of professional nurses, and thus fall under the Schedule A designation as well. The position of Health Services Manager for Petitioner, considering its job description, is a “position other than registered nurses that still falls within the definition of a professional nurse.” As to the EB-2 classification argument, our office argued that the proffered position has a supervisory role and the complexity of job duties justify the EB-2 designation and the required 5 years experiences under the ONET Job Zone and the Department of Labor’s level.

Without any request for evidence (RFEs), on March 9, 2014, the USCIS Texas Service Center approved her EB-2 I-140 petition. Now, with the approved EB-2 I-140 petition (priority date for EB2 Philippines nationals is current), she can file her adjustment of status application at any time (she could have filed it simultaneous to the I-140, we just want to make sure the I-140 was approved first).

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Post image for Approved I-485 on I-140 National Interest Waiver Approval for Korean Biomedical Engineering Researcher in Cleveland, OH

CASE: I-485 Based on Approved I-140 / National Interest Waiver

CLIENT: Korean

LOCATION: Cleveland, OH

Our client contacted us in February 2014 about the possibility of doing a National Interest Waiver. He is a post-doctorate researcher and scientist in the field of biomedical engineering and cardiology research, and is currently working as a post-doctorate researcher in an academic institution in Cleveland, Ohio.

His significant contributions have placed him at the pinnacle of the field of biomedical engineering and cardiology research. He is a leading scientist with an excellent reputation in the area of mechanism of atrial fibrillation. Our client’s research work has provided fundamental understanding of atrial fibrillation in an animal model of atrial fibrillation, and has advanced the development of an algorithm for future clinical treatment of atrial fibrillation by targeting critical epicardial and endocardial sites for ablation for many atrial fibrillation patients in the United States. Throughout his research career, our client has provided significant scientific contributions relevant to understanding mechanisms of atrial fibrillation which were highly evaluated by the reviewers of various journals and by colleagues and experts in the field.

Upon review of his credentials and qualifications, our office determined that he was qualified for the National Interest Waiver (NIW) category. Being qualified for NIW is beneficial since you would not need an employer nor family member to petition for you for green card purposes. You’d be eligible for a self-petition and unless you are from China or India, in which case you’d still have to wait for priority dates to be current, you would be eligible to apply for adjustment of status (green card) immediately without any lag in priority dates.

As a primer, NIW applicants must have a master’s or higher degree. The landmark immigration case that discusses the standards for NIWs is Matter of New York State Department of Transportation, 22 I&N Dec. 215 (Comm.1998). This case held that the qualifying applicant must show the following elements in his or her I-140 NIW petition: First, it must be shown that the alien seeks employment in an area of substantial intrinsic merit. Next, it must be shown that the proposed benefit will be national in scope. Finally, the petitioner seeking the waiver must establish that the alien will serve the national interest to a substantially greater degree than would an available U. S. worker having the same minimum qualifications.

Our office prepared a 19-page brief for our client’s NIW filing. Our client also obtained 7 letters of recommendation from his colleagues and internationally-recognized scientists. Our office also included his publication records, presentation records, and conference materials in the NIW application. We demonstrated the intrinsic merit of our client’s research in the United States, the national scope of his research, and asserted that our client would serve the national interest to a substantially greater degree than would an available U.S. worker having the same minimum qualifications. His NIW application contained 29 exhibits (Exhibit A to CC).

Our office filed his I-140(NIW) petition to the USCIS Nebraska Service Center on June 10, 2014. On November 18, 2014, the USCIS approved his I-140 petition without any Requests for Evidence.

When he filed his I-140 petition, he simultaneously filed his adjustment of status application (I-485). Eventually, on February 14, 2015, his adjustment of status application was approved by the USCIS Nebraska Service Center. Now, he is a green card holder.

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CASE: I-140 (EB-3 Category) / Schedule A / Old Priority Date Retention

EMPLOYER: Nursing / Rehabilitation Center

BENEFICIARY: Filipina Registered Nurse in Texas

LOCATION: Houston, TX

Our client’s beneficiary is a registered nurse from the Philippines licensed in the state of Texas. Currently, she is working at a nursing / rehabilitation center in the greater Houston area under an H-1B status. Her current employer was willing to petition her for a third-preference employment immigrant visa petition (I-140). Our client also has an approved EB-3 I-140 petition with a priority date of August 2008.

Since she is a registered nurse, she is eligible for “Schedule A” classification. The Department of Labor (DOL) maintains a schedule of occupations in its regulations, Schedule A included, for which the individual permanent labor certification procedure is not required. The schedule of pre-certified occupations is referred to as Schedule A, and is included in DOL regulations at 20 CFR 656.10. Based on an occupation’s inclusion on Schedule A, an employer may file an immigrant visa petition (I-140) directly with the (USCIS) without first going to the DOL for a labor certification. Usually, prior to filing I-140 petitions (EB-2 or EB-3 category), the employer must file a Labor Certification to the Department of Labor. However, for Schedule A cases, the employer does not have to go through the labor certification process. The position of Professional Nurses is included in Schedule A.

Also, under 8 CFR 204.5(e):

“Retention of section 203(b)(1), (2), or (3) priority date. A petition approved on behalf of an alien under sections 203(b)(1), (2), or (3) of the Act accords the alien the priority date of the approved petition for any subsequently filed petition for any classification under sections 203(b)(1), (2), or (3) of the Act for which the alien may qualify. In the event that the alien is the beneficiary of multiple petitions under sections 203(b)(1), (2), or (3) of the Act, the alien shall be entitled to the earliest priority date. A petition revoked under sections 204(e) or 205 of the Act will not confer a priority date, nor will any priority date be established as a result of a denied petition. A priority date is not transferable to another alien.”

As mentioned above, our client’s previous approved I-140 petition was not denied, was actually approved, and was never revoked at any point. Thus, by virtue of 8 CFR 204.5(e), this succeeding I-140 Petition by our client’s prospective employer for our client is entitled to the previous priority date.

Our client has a nursing degree and has several years of related experience. Our firm told her that her current employer can petition her as a Registered Nurse under the schedule A category. More importantly, since the priority date of her previous I-140 was current, she can eventually apply for her immigrant visa via consular processing. Our office was retained on November 17, 2014 and we started on her Prevailing Wage Request.

We filed the I-140 application on January 26, 2015 via premium processing. We included the job offer letter, the notice of filing, his previous I-140 approval notice, and other necessary supporting documents.  Eventually, on February 4, 2015, the I-140 was approved and it retained our client’s old priority date.  Now, our client can eventually file her immigrant visa application

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CASE: I-140 / National Interest Waiver

CLIENT: Nepalese Nuclear Scientist

LOCATION: Cleveland, OH

Our client contacted us in April 2014 regarding the possibility of doing a National Interest Waiver self-petition for him. He is a post-doctorate researcher and scientist in the field of Physics and Nuclear research, and is currently working as a post-doctorate researcher in an academic institution in Kent, OH.

His significant contributions have placed him at the pinnacle of the field of physics and nuclear science. He is a leading scientist with an excellent reputation in his field of endeavor and his research work involved a very complex, simultaneous, and constrained analysis of partial-wave amplitudes for multiple channels produced in pion-nucleon scattering. His work has confirmed the state of low-lying states involving S- and P- wave amplitudes and has also predicted some new states. Overall, his research has yielded important information about excited states of nucleons thereby producing a clearer picture of the baryon spectrum.

Upon review of his credentials and qualifications, our office determined that he has a good chance of meeting the National Interest Waiver (NIW) category. Being qualified for NIW is beneficial since you would not need an employer nor family member to petition for you for green card purposes. You’d be eligible for a self-petition and unless you are from China or India, in which case you’d still have to wait for priority dates to be current, you would be eligible to apply for adjustment of status (green card) immediately without any lag in priority dates.

As a primer, NIW applicants must have a master’s or higher degree. The landmark immigration case that discusses the standards for NIWs is Matter of New York State Department of Transportation, 22 I&N Dec. 215 (Comm.1998). This case held that the qualifying applicant must show the following elements in his or her I-140 NIW petition: First, it must be shown that the alien seeks employment in an area of substantial intrinsic merit. Next, it must be shown that the proposed benefit will be national in scope. Finally, the petitioner seeking the waiver must establish that the alien will serve the national interest to a substantially greater degree than would an available U. S. worker having the same minimum qualifications.

Our office prepared a 14-page brief for our client’s NIW filing. Our client also obtained 6 letters of recommendation from his colleagues and internationally-recognized scientists. Our office also included his publication records, presentation records, and conference materials in the NIW application. We demonstrated the intrinsic merit of our client’s research in the United States, the national scope of his research, and asserted that our client would serve the national interest to a substantially greater degree than would an available U.S. worker having the same minimum qualifications. His NIW application contained 19 exhibits.

Our office filed his I-140(NIW) petition to the USCIS Nebraska Service Center on June 4, 2014.  However, on October 6, 2014, the USCIS issued a Request for Evidence for his I-140 petition. In response to the RFE request, our office prepared a brief which included notes from scientists in the field regarding updates of his work and the importance of his past work in nuclear and physics research. We also emphasized our client’s past accomplishments and the benefits of his work. Our Response to RFE was filed on December 5, 2014.  Eventually, on December 24, 2014, the USCIS Nebraska Service Center approved our client’s I-140 petition.

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