CASE: I-485 (National Interest Waiver)
LOCATION: Cleveland, Ohio
Our client contacted us in April 2012 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 Material Science / Engineering, 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 material science and engineering. He is a leading scientist with an excellent reputation in alloy design, especially in titanium alloys which are promising structural and functional materials for the next generation. Our client successfully brazed Ti alloys which are mostly used in aerospace and chemical applications. Successfully joining of titanium alloys is of great importance to national defense. He also developed very low-melting Ti-based filler alloys for Ti alloys. Lower brazing temperature would ensure lower risk of damaging aerospace components during processing.
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 23-page brief for our client’s NIW filing. Our client also obtained 9 letters of recommendation from his colleagues and internationally-recognized scientists. Our office also included his publication records, patents, 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 58 exhibits.
Our office filed his I-140(NIW) petition to the USCIS Texas Service Center on November 8, 2012. Eventually, on November 14, 2013, the USCIS Nebraska Service Center approved our client’s I-140 petition.
While his I-140 was pending, we filed an I-485 adjustment of status application for our client on November 6, 2013. Everything went smoothly and the receipt notices and fingerprint appointment came on time.
Eventually, on February 21, 2014, the USCIS Nebraska Service Center approved our client’s adjustment of status application. Now, our client is a green card holder.