National Interest Waiver Successes

Our office handles a select number of national interest waiver cases. We evaluate each case thoroughly before accepting a new case. We work together with each client to insure that all documentation is prepared completely. Below is a list of some of our successful cases.

National Interest Waiver (Self-Petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed 05/26/2015 at Nebraska Service Center. I-140 approved 11/02/2015, no RFE. I-485 approved 02/03/2016 no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Postdoctoral Fellow Biomedical Research in La Jolla, California.
  • Country of Birth: Slovak Republic.
  • Area of Expertise: Medical Researcher engaged in advanced research in the field of Clinical Pharmacology including the areas of diabetes, liver disease and infectious diseases specifically diarrhea.
  • Qualifications: PhD in Pharmacology, Master's degree in Pharmacy
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, 6 journal papers, 12 posters and oral presentations, citations to research work.

National Interest Waiver (Self-Petition)

I-140 filed 03/24/2015 at Texas Service Center. I-140 approved 09/11/2015 no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Postdoctoral Fellow/Postdoctoral Scholar at UC University in Southern California
  • Country of Birth: India
  • Area of Expertise: Biological Sciences, Biophysics and Structural Biology. Significant expertise in protein purification, characterization and mass spectrometry and she has utilized this expertise in her work in characterizing protein-protein interactions that malfunction in human disease states. Made important research contributions in identifying protein biomarkers and drug targets for heart disease and cancer. Advanced technical skills in regards to the application of Mass Spectrometry and protein characterization, in particular in hydrogen deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (HDXMS).
  • Qualifications: PhD. Biological Sciences (Biophysics and Structural Biology), M.S. in Biological Systems Engineering, B. Tech in Chemical Engineering.
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, 8 journal papers, 13 conference and invited presentations and posters, 2 invited talks, awards, citations to research work.

National Interest Waiver (Self-Petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed 03/02/2015 at Nebraska Service Center. I-140 approved 07/13/2015, no RFE. I-485 approved 07/30/2015, no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Research Associate State University in Oregon.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Coastal and Nearshore Ocean Science. Research focused on numerical modelling of wave and circulation to simulate the hydrodynamics of complicated dynamical environments, such as shallow coastal waters and estuaries.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. in Civil Engineering-Coastal Hydraulics, M.Sc. in Civil Engineering Hydraulic Structures, B.Sc in Civil Engineering
  • Evidence: 7 letters of support, 5 peer-reviewed papers submitted/under submission, 5 journal papers, 7 edited proceedings/book chapters, 26 conference papers, 6 reports, 3 grants, 1 patent, awards, journal reviewer, citations to research work.

National Interest Waiver (Self-Petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed 01/27/2015 at Nebraska Service Center. I-140 approved 02/10/2015 and I-485 approved 06/03/2015, no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Senior Power System Engineer, private employer in Irvine, CA.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Electrical Engineering focusing on advanced power distribution systems with renewable energy generation in smart grids and power systems (smart grid technologies).
  • Qualifications: PhD Electrical Engineering with a minor in computer Science, M.Sc in Electrical Power system Engineering and B.Sc in Electrical/Power System Engineering.
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, 6 journal papers, 20 conference presentations, 5 poster presentations, awards, journal reviewer for 11 journals and conference proceedings, mentioned in news items, citations to research work and significant download history for IEEE publications. Worked on 5 NIH funded research projects

National Interest Waiver and EB-1 Extraordinary Ability (Self-Petition)

I-140 NIW filed 11/07/2014, approved 07/29/2015, no RFE. Second I-140 filed in EB-1 I-140 extraordinary ability category, filed 03/10/2015, Premium Processing requested 07/24/2015, I-140 approved 07/30/2015, no RFE. I-485 filed 03/10/2015, approved 12/02/2015, no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Clinical and Research Fellow Gastroenterology (Research Track), Section of Digestive Diseases, University in Connecticut.
  • Country of Birth: India
  • Area of Expertise: Medical researcher in the field of Hepatology (study of liver diseases), with a focus on the epidemiology of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection, Hepatitis C Virus/Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HCV/HIV) co-infection and non-invasive monitoring of liver disease
  • Qualifications: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). rotating clinical internship in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Ophthalmology & Psychiatry, clinical internship in Community Medicine; International Scholars Track, Training in Clinical Research residency in Internal; certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine.
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 6 journal papers, 11 posters, 2 oral presentations, 5 invited lectures, awards, citations to research work.

National Interest Waiver (Self-Petition)

I-140 filed 10/27/2014 at Nebraska Service Center, approved 03/18/2015, no RFE. I-485 filed on at Nebraska Service Center 10/27/2014, approved 05/07/2015.

  • Applicant Position: Senior RFIC Design Engineer private employer in Santa Clara, California.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Advanced research in Electrical Engineering focusing on radio frequency integrated circuit design for wireless applications.
  • Qualifications: PhD Electrical Engineering, M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, 5 journal papers, 7 conference papers, 1 book chapter, awards, judge of the work of others, participation in conferences, over 100 citations and large number of download history metrics.

National Interest Waiver (Self-Petition)

I-140 filed 08/25/2014 at Nebraska Service Center, approved 01/08/2015, no RFE. I-485 filed on 03/13//2015 at Nebraska Service Center, approved 01/14/2015.

  • Applicant Position: Graduate Research Assistant/PhD Candidate in Michigan.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Advanced research in approximate and stochastic computing for image processing applications, developing architecture and frameworks for diagnosing and testing network-on-chips and designing architecture for testing and diagnosing Field-Programmable Gate Arrays. Developed systematic method for designing stochastic circuits.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.Sc. in Computer Engineering, B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering.
  • Evidence: 7 letters of support, 15 conference and journal papers, 6 presentations, awards, judge of the work of others, participation in conferences, citations to research work

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed on 06/19/2014 at Nebraska Service Center. I-140 and I-485 approved 06/19/2014/2014. No RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Research Fellow, Michigan
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Computer Science and Engineering with a focus on computer architectures, compilers and approximate computing.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering, M.S. Electrical Engineering-Communications Engineering.
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 23 journal and conference papers, 6 presentations, awards, citations to research work, review of the work of others, committee member.

National Interest Waiver (Self-Petition)

I-140 filed 06/18/2014 at Nebraska Service Center, approved 02/10/2015, no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Engineering Physicists, HAMR Characterization and Tribology at private employer in San Jose, California.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Mechanical Engineering involving thin film synthesis, tribology, surface science and design and characterization of hard coatings. Work has concentrated on the field of Tribology (surface engineering) of thin film coatings with a focus on design and synthesis of protective ultrathin overcoats for advanced data storage systems including hard disk and magnetic tape drives.
  • Qualifications:. Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support,14 peer-reviewed published papers, 11 conference abstracts and proceedings, 1 book chapter, 2 patents, awards, review of the work of others, citations to research work, research grant awards.

National Interest Waiver (Self-Petition)

I-140 filed 06/18/2014 at Texas Service Center, approved 02/10/2015, no RFE. I-485 filed on at Texas Service Center 03/17/2015, approved 06/29/2015.

  • Applicant Position: Post-doctoral Associate and Clinical Research Coordinator at University in South California.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Neuroscience research involving novel therapeutic strategies for pain management using optogenetics techniques, gene therapy of neurological disorders and research involving study of biomarkers of stress in excited delirium syndrome and brain studies and pain management.
  • Qualifications:. Doctor of Medicine
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, 5 journal papers, 11 conference presentations: posters and abstracts, 1 book chapter, awards, judge of the work of others, participation in conferences, citations to research work. Worked on 5 NIH funded research projects.

National Interest Waiver (Self-Petition)

I-140 filed 06/16/2014 at Texas Service Center, approved 02/10/2015, no RFE. I-485 filed 03/17/2105, approved 06/29/2015, no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Post-Doctoral Associate and Clinical Research Coordinator Brain Endowment Bank, Department of Neurology, university in South California.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Neuroscience research involving novel therapeutic strategies for pain management using optogenetics techniques, gene therapy of neurological disorders and research involving the study of biomarkers of stress in excited delirium syndrome, and other research involving brain studies and pain management
  • Qualifications: Doctor of Medicine
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, 5 journal papers, 6 conference presentations, posters and abstracts, book chapter, worked on 5 NIH funded projects, journal review and award.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 filed 05/23/2014, approved 10/02/2014 at Nebraska Service Center. No RFE. I-485 filed on 06/06/2014 at Nebraska Service Center, approved 12/07/2014. No RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, UC University in Southern California.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Remote Health Monitoring, Wireless Health Systems, Body Sensor Networks.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, M.Sc. and B.Sc. Electrical Engineering.
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, 20 conference and journal papers, 10 additional papers pending, technical committee member, editor member, extensive journal and conference reviews, honors/awards, citations to research work, review of the work of others, committee member.

National Interest Waiver (Self-Petition)

I-140 filed 04/18/2014 at Nebraska Service Center, approved 10/23/2014, no RFE. I-485 filed on 04/18/2014 at Nebraska Service Center, RFE regarding entry issue and submitted additional documents, approved 01/14/2015.

  • Applicant Position: Sr. Member of Technical Staff, private employer in La Jolla, CA,
  • Country of Birth: Japan
  • Area of Expertise: Hardware Design for Wireless Transceivers and Radio Frequency Circuit Design for Wireless Communications Systems, high efficiency RF transmitter applications.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, 34 conference and journal papers, 34 patents, awards, judge of the work of others, citations to research work

National Interest Waiver (Self-Petition)

I-140 filed 03/25/2014 at Nebraska Service Center, approved 07/17/2014, no RFE. I-485 filed on 06/16/2014 at Nebraska Service Center, approved 10/10/2014. no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Sr. Research Engineer, private employer in La Jolla, CA, in O-1 status.
  • Country of Birth: Sweden
  • Area of Expertise: Wireless and ad hoc networking, disaster communications.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Electrical and Information Technology, Tec. Lic. degree Communications Systems, M.Sc. Electrical Engineering.
  • Evidence: 13 letters of support included some letters used for O-1, 21 conference and journal papers, 3 patents, published material about applicant, journal reviews, extensive citations to research work.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 filed on 02/14/2014 at Nebraska Service Center. I-140 approved 8/2014. No RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Software Engineer private employer Washington State.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Computer Science, parallel programming, novel testing for actor programming, verification of web services and cloud computing.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Computer Science, M.S. Computer Science and B.Sc. Computer Science.
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 14 papers, review of the work of others and citations to research work.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 filed on 01/27/2014 at Nebraska Service Center, approved 10/06/2014. RFE issued. I-485 filed 02/25/2014, approved 12/1, 2014, no RFE on I-485. .

  • Applicant Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at UC university in Southern California.
  • Country of Birth: Israel
  • Area of Expertise: Theoretical Physics, Nanophysics, Quantum Optics, Spintronics and Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Physics, M.Sc Physics, BSc Physics and Computer Science
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 8 journal papers, 4 presentations, awards, citations to work, journal reviewer, memberships.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed on 01/26/2014 at Texas Service Center. I-140 and I-485 approved 03/26/2014. No RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Ph.D. candidate at private university in New York, Graduate Student Researcher
  • Country of Birth: Colombia
  • Area of Expertise: Astronomy focusing on galaxy evaluation and Radio Astronomy.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. candidate Astronomy, 2 Master's degrees (M.Phil. and M.A. Astronomy), B.E. Engineering Sciences and B.A. Astronomy and Physics.
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 7 papers, 5 invited talks, 2 seminars, 5 posters and citations to research work.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 only filed on 01/21/2014 at Nebraska Service Center. I-140 approved 07/24/2014. No RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Sr. Systems Engineer, private employer in Northern California.
  • Area of Expertise: Wireless and wireline communications including Information and Communications Theory.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, MSc. Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.Sc. in Computer Architecture Design, B.Sc. Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • Evidence: 7 letters of support, 7 papers, review of the work of others and citations to research work.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 only filed on 12/30/2013 at Nebraska Service Center. I-140 approved 05/23/2014. No RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Research Assistant, Wisconsin.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Electrical and Computer Engineering focusing on computer architecture, hardware design, FPGAs and heterogeneous reconfigurable architectures.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering with minor in Computer Science, MSc. Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.Sc. in Computer Architecture Design, B.Sc. Computer Hardware Engineering.
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 7 journal papers,11 conference papers, review of the work of others and citations to research work.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed on 09/27/2013 at Nebraska Service Center. I-140 approved 10/28/2013 - No RFE - and I-485 approved 12/18/2013 - no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Sr. Engineer, private employer in Southern California.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Electrical Engineering focusing on power systems, smart grids and renewable energies.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Masters degree Electrical Engineering.
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, 7 journal papers, 20 conference papers and presentations, review of the work of others and citations to research work.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed on 09/09/2013 at Nebraska Service Center. I-140 approved 08/20/2014 and I-485 approved 08/26/2014. No RFE.

  • Applicant Position: PhD Candidate Mechanical Engineering/Robotics, private university Connecticut.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Robotics, Medical and Rehabilitative Robotics, Biomechanics and Control Systems, Biomedical Devices.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering and Applied Science, Masters degree Engineering and Applied Science; Master's degree Mechanical Engineering.
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, awards, 4 journal papers and 9 conference papers, 3 patents, citations to research work, memberships.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed on 09/09/2013 at Nebraska Service Center. I-140 approved July 2014 and I-485 approved August 2014. No RFE for I-140 or I-485.

  • Applicant Position: Research Assistant, private university Connecticut.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Rehabilitative and Medical Robotics, Biomechanics and Control Systems.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. candidate Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science with focus on Robotics. Master of Science Engineering and applied Science, Master of Philosophy Engineering and Applied Science, MSc Mechanical Engineering, BSc Mechanical Engineering.
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, 4 journal papers, 9 conference papers, 3 patents and itations to research work.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed on 09/03/2013 at Nebraska Service Center. I-140 approved and I-485 approved 12/09/2013.

  • Applicant Position: Research Associate, Michigan.
  • Country of Birth: Iran

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed on 09/03/2013 at Nebraska Service Center. I-140 approved and I-485 approved 12/09/2013.

  • Applicant Position: Research Associate, Michigan.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Molecular Plant Pathology and Plant biology, advanced research in characterizing signaling pathways and transcriptional response that occur when plants attacked by pathogens.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Molecular Plant Pathology (Plant Sciences), M.S. Plant Physiology.
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 7 journal papers,6 conference papers, citations to work.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed on 01/13/2013 at Nebraska Service Center. RFE issued 06/27/2013 on I-140 petition. I-140 approved 10/23/2013 and I-485 approved 12/29/2013.

  • Applicant Position: Research Scientist, private employer in Northern California.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Applied Electromagnetics for applications in antenna beam forming networks and millimeter-wave radars.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, M.Sc. Electrical Engineering.
  • Evidence: 10 letters of support, 22 journal and conference papers, 3 patents, review of the work of others and memberships, grants and awards. 3 additional letters submitted in response to RFE.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 only filed at Texas Service Center on 06/20/2013. approved 07/24/2013, no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, private engineering and technology institute in New York, affiliated with private employer.
  • Country of Birth: Ukraine
  • Area of Expertise: Synthetic Organic Chemistry, development of environmentally friendly phosphorus based flame retardants.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, specialist degree in Materials Science (Master's degree equivalent, Honor Diploma).
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 2 journal papers, 13 conferences/posters, citations, review of the work of others and memberships in associations.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed on 03/11/2013 at Nebraska Service Center. I-140 approved 06/21/13 and I-485 approved 07/22/2013. No RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Postdoctoral Researcher at UC University in Southern California.
  • Country of Birth: Hong Kong
  • Area of Expertise: Photonics focusing on photonic signal processing techniques for enhancing the capacity of optical communications networks and improving the capability of scientific instrumentation.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Photonics; Master's degree in Electronic Engineering with a specialization in Photonic Systems; and Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Communication Engineering.
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, 28 journal papers, 40 conference proceedings, invited talks and invitations to serve on a committee, patent, citations to papers, review of the work of others, and memberships.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed on 03/15/2013 at Nebraska Service Center. I-140 approved on 07/02/2013 and I-485 approved on 07/18/2013. No RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Vice President of Research and Development in Southern California.
  • Country of Birth: Canada
  • Area of Expertise: Mechanical engineering/engineering manufacturing, design tooling and cold forging processing engineering.
  • Qualifications: Degree equivalency B.A. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and over 19 years of work experience in engineering.
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 3 patents, articles in industry magazines and achievement awards.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed 12/17/2012 at Nebraska Service Center. I-140 approved 03/21/2013, no RFE. I485 approved 0417/2013, no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at biotechnology company in Southern California.
  • Country of Birth: Canada
  • Area of Expertise: Innate Immunity in field of Microbiology and Immunology with expertise in RLR signaling.
  • Qualifications: PhD. Microbiology and Immunology (joint Master's degree program); B.S. in Biology.
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 9 journal papers, 4 reviews in journals/opinions, 3 book chapters, 8 posters/presentations/abstracts, 2 previews/highlights, large number of citations to work, awards and memberships.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed at Nebraska Service Center on 11/08/2012. I-140 aprpoved 02/04/2013, no RFE. RFE dated 03/15/2013 for I-485 regarding birth evidence, I-485 approved 04/17/2013.

  • Applicant Position: Research Assistant at UC university in Southern California.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: computational proteomics for natural product discovery and developed algorithm for compressed sensing. With other researchers, developed first mass spectrometry based data base search algorithm to organize massive amounts of genomic and proteomic data gathered from massspectrometry and genomic mining.
  • Qualifications: PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering at UC university, Master's degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • Evidence: 10 letters of support, 9 journal papers and 3 in preparation, 13 conference papers, fellowship awards and large number of citations to work.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 only filed on 08/10/2012 at Nebraska Service Center. RFE for 3rd progrong NYSDOT on 03/20/2013. I-140 approved on 05/15/2013.

  • Applicant Position: Senior Scientist private employer in Pacific Northwest and prior employment as Senior Fellow at public research university in Pacific Northwest..
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Fluid dynamics, micro-droplet generation control with biomedical applications and cytometry..
  • Qualifications: PhD, MSc and B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, PhD thesis on experimental fluid dynamics, specifically micro-droplet generation.
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 3 journal papers/publications, 3 technical reports, 7 conference papers, 4 invited talks, requests to review the work of others, citations to work and memberships. 2 additional letters provided in response to RFE.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 filed on 09/28/2012 at Texas Service Center. I-140 approved on 02/20/2013, no RFE. I-485 filed 11/06/2013 when EB-2 category opened again and approved 02/21/2013, no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Postdoctoral Associate/Cardiovascular Medicine at private university in Connecticut.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Cardiovascular outcomes research; cardiovascular disease, heart failure, artherosclorosis and venous thromboembolism.
  • Qualifications: Doctor of Medicine
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 22 journal papers/publications, 16 conference papers, research grants, several clinical practice guidelines, citations to work, memberships.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 only filed on 01/08/2013 at Texas Service Center. I-140 approved on 02/04/2013, no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, private engineering and technology institute in New York affiliated with a private employer in New York.
  • Country of Birth: India
  • Area of Expertise: Materials Science and Organometallic Chemistry. Research focusing on flame retardant research.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. in Materials and Organometallic Chemistry, Master's degree in Chemical Science.
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 9 journal papers and abstracts, invitations to review work of others, citations to work.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed 11/26/2012. I-140 approved Texas Service Center 01/25/2013, no RFE. I-485 approved 01/25/2013, no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Research Scientist, Public Research University in Texas.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Signal Processing with a specialty in designing novel learning algorithms in the domain of processing and recognition of human generated signals such as speech and brain signals to improve the performance of state of the art systems for medical diagnosis and other treatment purposes.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science (awaiting conferral), thesis defended; Master's degree in Computer Science and Engineering, B.Sc in Computer Science and Engineering.
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 22 journal and conference publications, invitations to review for conferences and journals, citations to work.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed 06/25/2012 and I-140 approved Nebraska Service Center 12/10/2012, no RFE. I-485 approved 01/14/2013.

  • Applicant Position: Postdoctoral Scholar UC university, Southern California.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Applied Mechanics and Micromechanics specifically electrodynamics of composites and the microstructural design of new polymers and polymer-based composites at various length scales for blast and shock protection.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Engineering Sciences (Applied Mechanics), M.Sc. Engineering Sciences (Applied Mechanics).
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, 2 book chapters, 16 journal publications, 8 invited lectures, 14 conference and workshop presentations, 2 reviewed proceedings, review of the work of others, citations to work, certificate of recognition for outstanding contributions to UC school.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed 03/05/2012 and I-140 approved Nebraska Service Center 08/22/2012, no RFE. I-485 approved 11/17/2012, no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Postdoctoral Scholar UC university, Northern California.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Molecular Genetics with a focus on disorders of brain development including mental retardation, Autism, and Epilepsy.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Human Molecular Genetics, Master's degree Human Genetics, Bachelor's degree Microbiology.
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, 7 journal publications, 8 refereed conference papers, 22 poster presentations.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed 02/17/2012 and I-140 approved Nebraska Service Center 08/20/2012, no RFE. I-485 approved 11/06/2012, no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Engineering field with private employer in Northern California.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Signal Processing with expertise in wireless relay networks, multi-input multi-output (MIMO) wireless systems, space-time block coding and multicarrier communication systems.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Master's degree Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering.
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 7 journal publications, 12 conference papers, requests to review work of others.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 filed 11/17/2011 and approved Nebraska Service Center 04/03/2012, no RFE. I-485 filed 05/26/2012 and approved 10/12/2012, no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Engineering field with private employer in Southern California.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Signal Processing with a focus on designing algorithms for broadband communications systems including multi-antenna and space-time block coding, multi-carrier systems and relay networks.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Master's degree Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering.
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 7 journal publications, 13 conference papers, requests to review work of others.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed 10/19/2011. I-140 approved Texas Service Center 04/17/2012, no RFE. I-485 approved 10/18/2012, no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Engineering field with private employer in Texas.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Audio and Speech Signal Processing with a focus on application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC) and developing algorithms for tackling active noise cancellation problems in hearing aid systems and in telecommunications and wireless system platforms and in designing and developing speech enhancement algorithm used in functional MRI system.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, M.Sc Electrical Engineering, M.Sc Biomedical Engineering and B.Sc Electrical Engineering.
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 5 peer-reviewed journal publications, 14 conference papers, requests to review work of others.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 filed 04/18/2011. I-140 approved Texas Service Center 02/06/2012, no RFE. I-485 filed 4/18/2011 & approved 2/28/2012, no RFE. Green card received 03/3/2012.

  • Applicant Position: Resident General Surgery Private University (East Coast). Country of Birth: Italy
  • Area of Expertise: Thoracic Organ Transplantation and Cardiothoracic Surgery with a focus on lung transplantation research and lung disease.
  • Qualifications: Doctor of Medicine, Cardiac Surgery Resident/Italy
  • Evidence: 10 letters of support, 1 book chapter, 1 manuscript (in preparation), 7 refereed papers, 10 abstracts, 11 international meeting/conference presentations, clinical research and clinical trials, citations to work and professional memberships.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 filed 03/16/2011. I-140 approved TSC 09/23/2011, no RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at Private Research University in North Carolina. Country of Birth:China
  • Area of Expertise: Medical Image Analysis algorithms that have applications for the diagnosis, detection and quantification of lung cancer, interstitial lung disease and Duchenne muscular dystrophy; development of computer-aided detection systems for diagnosing disease, medical image processing algorithms used to interpret medical images in CT, MRI and ultrasound technologies.
  • Qualifications: PhD Engineering, Master's Engineering.
  • Evidence: 7 letters of support, 2 book chapters, 8 refereed journal publications, 20 abstracts and journal publications, 2 newspaper articles, review of the work of others, citations to work and professional memberships.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed 06/28/2011. I-140 approved NSC 08/23/2011 and I-485 approved 09/2011. No RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Assistant Professor at Public Research University in Michigan and at UC university in Southern California. Tenure track appointment Bioinformatics.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Bioinformatics (Algorithms for Genome and Transcriptome Gene Assembly), Computational Biology, & Mobile Robotics.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. Computer Science, M.S. Mathematics.
  • Evidence: 7 letters of support, 1 book, 4 peer reviewed publications, 11 refereed conference publications, 5 non-refereered conference publications, review of the work of others, citations to work.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

I-140 and I-485 filed 03/28/2011. I-140 approved NSC 08/02/2011 and I-485 approved 09/07/2011. No RFE.

  • Applicant position: Assistant Project Scientist (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) for UC university in Southern California.
  • Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of Expertise: Advanced research in Optics and Photonics specifically Nanophotonics, Nanoscale lasers and Plasmonics.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D Electrical and Computer Engineering, Photonics; M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Optical Communications.
  • Evidence: 7 letters of support, 11 Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications, 3 papers in press, 25 conference presentations, 1 patent, published material about his work, citations to his work, review of the work of others, invitation to serve as Guest Editor, membership in professional organizations.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition).

Filed 11/23/2010. I-140 approved NSC 05/2011 & I-485 approved 05/2011. No RFE

  • Applicant position: Postdoctoral Fellow for non-profit research institution focusing on wireless health in Southern California. Country of Birth: Iran
  • Area of expertise: Advanced research in signal processing and algorithm design for body sensor networks platform for health care applications, medical embedded design and wireless body area networks. Wireless health monitoring devices for diagnosis of cardiovascular disease and non-invasive wireless device designed to make fetal and maternal monitoring more readily available to expectant mothers.
  • Qualifications: PhD Computer Engineering and M.S. Computer Engineering.
  • Evidence: 12 letters of support, 2 book chapters, 9 peer reviewed journal publications, 23 conference presentations, 10 speaking engagements, request to review work of others, citations to work, memberships in professional organizations.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

Filed 11/04/2010. I-140 approved NSC 4/26/2011, I-485 approved 05/12/2011. No RFE

  • Applicant position-Mentor with State university program in Southern California providing hands on experience to graduate & undergraduate students in optimization methods utilized for suborbital launch vehicles for space industry. Naval Architect/Chief Designer for custom racing yachts & production vessels in charge of hydrostatics and stability modeling & prediction, structural engineering and analysis in light weight composite material, performance analysis and optimization under ORR and IRC racing rules. Filed O-1 2007 approved (No RFE).
  • Country of Birth: France.
  • Area of expertise: Advanced studies and research in Aerospace Engineering including integration of composite structures in low cost suborbital launch vehicles and associated aerospace propulsion. Advanced studies and research in developing efficient Computational Fluid Dynamics optimization methods for predicting flows of complex three-dimensional configurations to minimize fuel consumption including resistance and propulsion for speed prediction. Developer of Neural Network optimization for Experimental database. Specialty in structural analysis in ulta light composite materials for custom racing yachts and for prototype of Nanosat low orbit launch vehicles for aerospace industry.
  • Qualifications: M.Sc Aerospace Engineering, Bachelor's Engineering, specialty in Yacht & Power Craft design.
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 2 books, several speaking engagements, memberships in organizations. Individual had O-1.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

Filed October 2010. I-140 approved by NSC November 2010. I-485 approved January 2011. No RFE.

  • Applicant position: Postdoctoral Researcher at UC University in Southern California.
  • Country of birth: Belarus.
  • Area of expertise: Photonics and High Speed Optical Communications..
  • Qualifications: PhD Photonics, B.Sc in Physics.
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, 18 peer reviewed journal publications, 19 peer reviewed conference papers, journal reviewer in six scientific journals. Multiple speaking engagements and citations to work.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

Filed April 2010. I-140 approved by NSC May 2010. I-485 approved July 2010. No RFE.

  • Applicant Position: Clinical Faculty, Scientist Researcher at UC affiliated Veterinary Medical Center in Southern California.
  • Country of Birth: Canada.
  • Area of Expertise: Veterinary Medicine specifically Urinary Tract Diseases (Chronic Kidney Disease, Calcitriol, Management Strategies, Urinary Tract Stones and Hemodialysis) of dogs and cats. One of few veterinarians worldwide trained to deliver hemodialysis to dogs and cats.
  • Qualifications: PhD Veterinary Medicine (Nephrology/Urology), Doctor Veterinary Medicine & B.S. Biology.
  • Evidence: 7 letters of support, nominated membership in associations in the field, 8 Research Grants, 40 Articles published in top internationally-distributed journals, conference symposia, books and educational textbooks) with extensive citations by peers.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

Filed October 2008. I-140 approved by NSC after RFE in June 2009. I-485 approved August 2009.

  • Applicant Position: Postdoctoral Scholar at UC University in Northern California and private research university in North Carolina.
  • Country of Birth: Colombia.
  • Area of Expertise: Molecular Genetics focusing on how genetic factors contribute to disease. Areas include heart disease, autism and disorders of brain development and others.
  • Qualifications: M.D. Medical Internship in Pediatrics and the Departments of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Embryology, Immunology and Microbiology
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, 8 publications, and multiple conference presentations. I-140 RFE response included 3 additional support letters, citations to research work, additional publication.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

Filed August 2008. I-140 approved by NSC in April 2009, no RFE. I-485 approved June 2009.

  • Applicant Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at State University in Southern California affiliated with private employer then promoted to Scientist 1 at private employer after filing of NIW.
  • Country of Birth: Italy.
  • Area of Expertise: Specialty field of lipid research and lipid-protein interactions.
  • Qualifications: PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
  • Evidence: 6 letters of support, 3 publications, 3 articles in preparation, and conference presentations. Submitted evidence of drug development in pre-clinical stage.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

Filed December 2007. I-140 approved by NSC in January 2009, no RFE. I-485 approved February 2009.

  • Applicant Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at UC University in Southern California.
  • Country of birth: Ukraine.
  • Area of Expertise: Molecular and Cellular Biology with an emphasis in the research and study of autoimmune diseases, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Cancer Inflammation
  • Qualifications: PhD and MSc in Pharmacology
  • Evidence: 7 letters of support, 13 publications, 13 abstracts, and conference presentations

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

Filed October 2007. I-140 approved by NSC in March 2008, no RFE. I-485 approved August 2008.

  • Applicant position: Project Scientist at UC University in Southern California.
  • Country of birth - Germany
  • Field of Expertise: Computer Science with an emphasis in Computer Security and Virtual Machine technology. Specialty field and research area in systems and network security
  • Qualifications: PhD Information and Computer Science
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 2 book chapters, 39 publications, 21 peer review conference and workshop papers, 2 peer-review posters, invited talks, grant funding and patent.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

Filed September 2007. I-140 approved by TSC in September 2008, no RFE. I-485 approved December 2008.

  • Applicant Position: Neurosurgery Resident at private university in North Carolina.
  • Country of birth: Canada.
  • Area of Expertise: RNA Biochemistry with a focus on RNA-based molecules as therapeutic drug agents, research vital to controlling the effects of anticoagulant drugs during surgery and providing a mechanism to control the effects of the drug for patients suffering from heart, brain, and peripheral vascular disease.
  • Qualifications: M.D. and PhD Molecular Genetics
  • Evidence submitted: 6 letters of support, requests to serve as referee scientific journals, 7 abstracts, 15 conference presentations, 2 book chapters, 23 publications.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

Filed February 2007. I-140 approved by NSC after RFE in May 2008. I-485 approved in July 2008.

  • Applicant Position: Sr. Research Scientist for private employer in Southern California.
  • Country of birth: Serbia.
  • Area of expertise: Specialty fields of Aerospace Engineering with specializations in Dynamic Systems Control and Structural Optimization and Control. Additional area of research in development of new control algorithms for a new generation of ventilators.
  • Qualifications: PhD and Master's degree Aerospace Engineering
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, 11 publications, evidence reviewer of scientific publications. 1 letter of support regarding tensegrity structures, 3 letters regarding ventilation system discovery and evidence of patent pending, citations to work on tensegrity structures and requests to review publications.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

Filed I-140 April 2007. I-140 approved by NSC after RFE in April 2008. I-485 filed August 2007 and I-485 approved in August 2011 due to quota backlog for Chinese nationals.

  • Applicant Position:Sr. Postdoctoral Associate at private research institution in Southern California.
  • Country of birth: China.
  • Area of Expertise: Specialty field Cell Biology and Oncology of cancer-related diseases
  • Qualifications: PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, awards, 7 publications, abstracts from conference presentations.In response to RFE for I-140 submitted 2 additional letters, one additional publication, and list of citations.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)


Filed March 2007. I-140 approved by NSC in March 2008, no RFE. I-485 approved June 2008.

  • Applicant Position: Assistant Research Scientist at UC University in Southern California.
  • Country of birth: Serbia.
  • Area of Expertise: Photonics. Research is in the area of achieving greater efficiency and improving use of the available capacity of optical fibers.
  • Qualifications: PhD in Photonics
  • Evidence: 7 letters of support, 25 publications, numerous peer reviews of others, invitations to presentations, citations to work. Additional evidence submitted with RFE for I-485 included 2 additional support letters, 8 additional publications and conference presentations.

National Interest Waiver and Outstanding Researcher petitions (employer-sponsored)

Cases filed in October 2006. I-140 petition approved NSC in October 2007 and in January 2008 for Outstanding Researcher. I-485 application approved in March 2008.

  • Applicant position: Assistant Director at private pharmaceutical company in Southern California.
  • Country of birth: United Kingdom.
  • Qualifications: PhD Synthetic and Organic Chemistry
  • Evidence: 7 publications, presentations, 2 patent applications and patents.
  • National Interest Waiver (self-petition)
  • Filed September 2006. I-140 approved by NSC in November 2007, no RFE. I-485 approved February 2008.
  • Applicant Position: Medical Resident/Researcher at private research university in North Carolina.
  • Country of birth: Argentina.
  • Area of Expertise: Research in field of laparoscopic surgery with a focus on laparoscopic surgery during pregnancy, gastrointestinal disorders and diseases of the colon and rectum. Research prior to filing of NIW and continued during residency.
  • Qualifications: M.D.
  • Evidence: 11 letters of support, 16 publications, 9 abstracts, 7 book chapters, 6 conference presentations.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

Filed October 2005. CSC approved July 2006, no RFE. I-485 not approved until September 2010 due to quota backlog for Indian nationals.

  • Applicant Position: Postdoctoral Scientist at private research institution in Southern California.
  • Country of birth: India.
  • Area of expertise: Computational Biology and Protein Engineering with an emphasis in Structural Bioinformatics and Drug Discovery. Developing computational tools that may be used to find new protein targets and ultimately identify new drugs.
  • Qualifications: PhD Chemistry
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, 7 publications.

National Interest Waiver (self-petition)

Filed August 2005. CSC approved January 2006, no RFE. I-485 approved January 2006.

  • Applicant Position: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Vascular Biology at UC University in Southern California.
  • Country of birth: Italy.
  • Area of Expertise: Specialty field of Vascular Medicine with a special emphasis in the assessment and treatment of Chronic Venous Insufficiency.
  • Qualifications: Diploma of Doctor in Medicine and Surgery and Italian Board in Vascular Surgery.
  • Evidence: 8 letters of support, 15 papers, research grants and conference presentations.
  • National Interest Waiver (employer sponsored)
  • Filed September 2003. CSC approved November 2004. I-485 approved March 2005.
  • Applicant Position: Business Development Specialist at state university in Central California.
  • Country of birth: Croatia.
  • Area of Expertise: Microenterprise learning programs and business development for economically disadvantaged areas. Program funded by the State of California and affiliated U.S. government agencies
  • Qualifications: Master's degree - Business Administration with focus in Marketing/ Entrepreneurship
  • Evidence: 9 letters of support, conference presentations, several newspaper and journal articles regarding program.