NIW Approved for Engineer with M.S. & no Journal Paper
Several days ago, we received an email from Mr. Kim, one of our NIW clients. Mr. Kim has both the Master and the Bachelor degrees of Science from an eastern university. He is now working as an engineer in an oil and gas company.
In his email to Attorney Zhang, Mr. Kim expressed his “huge gratitude and appreciation” to our attorneys who worked on Mr. Kim’s NIW case, and the case was just approved. Mr. Kim told us in his email that he was actually very cautious and skeptical during the whole application process, since he only has a Master degree and coauthors of only two conference publications. Mr. Kim said he had no confidence on his credetials at all. He was really pleasantly surprised because his application was approved in only three and a half months, without request for additional evience. Mr. Kim recalled an interesting scenario, when Attorney Zhang responded to his first inquiry email within about 30 seconds after he sent it out. He thought that was an automated email reply, because he couldn’t believe someone could manage to read his email and responded thouroughly in such a short time. Mr. Kim said he was very happy with the service he got from Zhang & Associates. Since that day, he was always greeted with the same level of responsiveness and service. At the end of his email, he thanked our “marvelous work” and wished he could proceed with the same success in his I-485 application.
While this is not the first email with kind words that we have received, we were excited and happy that our work has helped Mr. Kim get his immigration petition approved since Mr. Kim’s NIW application was really challenging. Moreover, the whole story of our interaction with Mr. Kim was really interesting.
In order to qualify for an NIW, the applicant must demonstrate the following:
To meet these requirments, the NIW applicants always submit many documents to prove their academic achievements and work contributions. And commonly, the documents always include:
For the case of Mr. Kim, although he only has a Master degree and is the coauthor of two conference papers without journal publications, our attorney believed he still could have a try to make an immigration petition through NIW, if he could get at least six strong and convictive recommendation letters. In addition, a strong and professional petition letter was extremely important in his case to convice the immigration officer that he was qualified for an NIW green card.
The whole process of application was very quick and effective. It only took 6 months from the first time Dr. Kim contacted us by email to the approval of his case. It’s interesting and maybe helpful for you to understand our service process to see the work log recorded by our Oracle CRM system (to learn more details about our CRM system, please refer to another article “How Oracle CRM at Z&A Benefits Our Clients” at our website):
July 17, 2006:
09:14pm: Mr. Kim sent an email to Attorney Jerry Zhang at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free evaluation of an EB-3 immigration petition and attached his resume in the e-mail.
July 25, 2006
04:02pm: Mr. Kim sent an email to Attorney Zhang to inform us that he had received verbal agreements for the NIW letters of recommendation from 6 people so far, and he was still waiting for possible two more positive answers. He wanted to start working the letter contents instantly, because timing was very precious for him. He decided to retain Zhang & Associates to file his application.
07:03 pm: Attorney Zhang emailed Mr. Kim and outlined the services we would provide to Mr. Kim if he retains the firm: “My firm's work include 1) provide you with some samples of recommendation letters and an outline on how to draft effective recommendation letters; 2) modify and polish your drafts of recommendation letters after you have the drafts; 3) draft the petition letter to the USCIS and e-mail it to you for your review and input; 4) prepare all the forms and provide consulting to you; and 5) file your case and contact the USCIS if necessary.
10:06pm: Mr. Kim told us in his e-mail that he had read and signed the contract and would send it to our office next day.
July 26, 2006
05:15 am: Attorney Zhang answered the email: “Thank you for your decision to retain my firm. I think that six letters are sufficient and good enough. We are looking forward to working on your case from you.”
06:59am: Mr. Kim replied the email promptly too, saying he was ready to start working on the letters whenever we sent the draft to him.
07:53am: Attorney Zhang wrote back: “Sure. Please kindly mail your agreement and check to my firm. We are looking forward to working on your case and striving for a success”
08:00am: Mr. Kim wrote back to inform us the agreement would be sent to our office within two days.
02:41pm: Attorney Zhang created a task on the firm’s CRM system: “Contact Mr. Kim on July 31 if we have not received his agreement and check.”
July 28, 2006:
10:50am: We received the agreement and a check from Mr. Kim. His potential client record was converted to a case record. One of our experienced attorneys was assigned with the case and contacted Mr. Kim on the same day.
July 31, 2006:
We received the client records and questionnaires from Mr. Kim.
August 01, 2006
11:34am: The legal assistant sent the prepared forms to Mr. Kim for his review and signatures.
August 09, 2006
We received the recommendation letters prepared. The Attorney revised all the recommendation letters and send back for signatures.
August 30, 2006
In this petition letter, our attorney emphasized how Mr. Kim’s research background and professial skill will benefit the natiaonl interest of the US. Attorney Asheley argued that the strong recommendations from leading researchers in the field also demonstrate Mr. Kim’s qualification, although he is working in the industry rather than the academia. In addition, Attorney A picked up a very special research project Mr. Kim conducted before, and pointed out the result of that research project had substantial implications in the oil industry. Finally, Attorney Asheley put Mr. Kim’s work in a big picture of the impact of oil industry on American national interest, convincingly came to a conclusion: Mr. Kim's proposed work will benefit the nation as a whole; and national interest would be adversely affected if a Labor Certification were required for Mr. Kim.
September 13, 2006
Mr. Kim mailed all the well signed paper documents to our firm.
September 15, 2006
September 18, 2006:
After one and half month’s preparation, we mailed Mr. Kim’s NIW application package to the USCIS Nebraska Services Center by FedEx.
September 21, 2006:
USICS NSC received the application and transferred it to USCIS TSC.
January 17, 2007:
The NIW application of Mr. Kim was approved by the USCIS TSC and Mr. Kim received the e-mail notification. It is exactly only 4 months from the date we sent out the application to the date of the approval.
January 18, 2007:
Mr. Kim retained the firm for his I-485 petition since the immigration visa number for people born in his country is immediately available.
January 26, 2007:
We received the I-140 approval notice and mailed it to Mr. Kim.
It took exactly six months from the time that Mr. Kim contacted us initially on July 17, 2006 to the time that his NIW was approved on January 17, 2007. What a pleasant and smooth process!
From the first inquiry to the approval of the case, we have worked with Mr. Kim closely and effectively as a team. The success of the application can be attributed to our team work. Our attorney prepared and revised all the paper documents in one and a half months, his professional and strong petition letter laid solid foundation for the approval of Mr. Kim’s NIW I-140 petition. Our quality control attorney double checked all the application materials before filing. In the whole process of the application, our assistants in Houston worked on the forms, notices and the client records in our CRM system quickly and carefully. Moreover, Mr. Kim’s prompt cooperation and efficient work during the application process played a critical role too.
We are very excited about the quick and happy result of the Mr. Kim’s NIW case. The best reward we get in our work is to see our client’s case approved with our help.
This story may help our readers clarify some misunderstandings about NIW applications. There are some requirements a candidate must meet to be qualified for an NIW green card, but neither a Ph.D. degree, nor an academic position is among these requirements. We have been asked the same questions thousands of times: I am not a Ph.D., can I apply NIW green card? I am an engineer instead of a postdoc or a professor, can I apply NIW green card? In the past ten years, we have helped many Master degree holders, engineers, and people with few publications get NIW cases approved. NIW is an immigration category in which degrees, publications, and other achievements matter, but strong recommendation letters as well as good petition letters drafted by an experienced attorney are critical.
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