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Member Profile: Dcowboy (9 posts)

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Hello, I'm Dcowboy (report this user)
I am from Iran
I last logged in on 12 Apr 2018
I have been a member since 23 Feb 2017
I have added 9 posts in trackitt forums
I added my last post on 23 Mar 2018
Dcowboy's Immigration Cases
 
I-485 case: Pending for 428 days (245 days less than average)   (0 comments)
User: Dcowboy Nationality: Iran
Country of Chargeability:IranApplicant Type:primary
Service Center:TexasCategory:EB2-NIW
Priority Date:10 Feb 2017Application Filed:22 Feb 2017
USCIS Received Date:22 Feb 2017USCIS Notice Date:
USCIS Receipt Number:I-140/485 Filing:concurrent
I-140 Processing Type:regularI-140 Approval Date:10 Mar 2018
First Fingerprint Date:Second Fingerprint Date:
RFE Received?:RFE Received Date:
Reason for RFE:RFE Replied Date:
Case Transferred to:Transfer Date:
Name Check Status:Name Check Approval Date:
I-485 Status:pendingI-485 Approval/Denial Date:
Card Production Ordered:Card Received Date:
EAD Applied?:AP Applied?:
EAD Approval Date:AP Approval Date:
EAD Received:AP Received:
Time to Get EAD Approval:Time to Get AP Approval:
Time to Get Fingerprinting Done:Total Time to Get GC:
Most Recent LUD:Days Elapsed:427 days
Experience:
Case Added to Tracker: 16 Mar 2018 Last Updated: 12 Apr 2018
Notes:

I-140 case: Approved in 393 days (218 days more than average)   (2 comments)
User: Dcowboy Nationality: Iran
Applicant Type:primaryService Center:Texas
Category:EB2-NIWPriority Date:13 Feb 2017
Application Filed:10 Feb 2017USCIS Received Date:13 Feb 2017
USCIS Notice Date:15 Feb 2017USCIS Receipt Number:
I-140/485 Filing:concurrentProcessing Type:regular
RFE Received?:RFE Received Date:
Reason for RFE:RFE Replied Date:
Application Status:approvedApproval/Denial Date:10 Mar 2018
Total Processing Time:393 daysMost Recent LUD:
Days Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 23 Feb 2017 Last Updated: 16 Mar 2018
Notes: EE PhD candidate 6 Journals (sum(IF)>30), +25 citations (now +80), +40 peer-reviews,SR scheduling a T-2 officer call, who called with the good news. The effectiveness of this call is also random!!
Dcowboy's Posts
Posted in I-140 Forum on 23 Mar 2018
Topic: EB2-NIW Nebraska (any receipt date)

I'm so sorry to hear about this after 13 months of waiting!!
Given your good credentials, the other problem could be prong 1 which is justifying that you are still working in "national interest." Have you graduated or used your EAD card to join the industry?
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 23 Feb 2018
Topic: I-140 Regular processing time - Texas service center

I'm sorry that your case took such long time.
Mine is pending since Feb. 2017 with no update! Raised several SR, infopass, L2 and none of them worked so far!
Will you mind sharing your credential and current employer?
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 23 Jan 2018
Topic: EB2-NIW Nebraska (any receipt date)

I am glad that you made it on your own and understand your excitement about this accomplishment.
However, I'm surprised how you missed the obvious fact in the analysis on AAO decisions that the master's degree is considered an advanced degree. Period! Show me a single case that is denied stating that the reason for denial is petitioner being a student or having the masters degree. I've seen cases working in the industry with Ph.D. that are denied based on "national importance," but it is not simply true to claim generalization of those cases. Every single case has a unique story.

Everything is clearly stated in the AAO decisions and I do not see any reason to overread the psychology of decisions as you suggested.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 17 Jan 2018
Topic: EB2-NIW Nebraska (any receipt date)

Nice name, BimiriNIW vaghean! Good question, but no one in USCIS responded. They keep saying it is in "background check" in response to congressional inquiry, talk with the L2 officer and info pass appointment!

I think the reason is the response time distribution for NSC has a large mean but small variance. For TSC, it has a small mean but very large and frustrating variance.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 16 Jan 2018
Topic: EB2-NIW Nebraska (any receipt date)

That was actually my point that the degree itself is not important to be Ph.D. or masters!!
National interest has no relation to the degree and I did not mean that this is the case. However, by looking at AAO decisions, you may see many cases who just happen to hold masters and work in an industry that "national importance" cannot be justified.

by reading AAO decisions, I observed that we will have a hard time justifying national importance if working in the industry. My proposed endeavor is in renewable energy, but I'm so scared to leave the academy to give the adjudicating officer a clue for RFE regarding the first prong.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 16 Jan 2018
Topic: EB2-NIW Nebraska (any receipt date)

I'm sorry to hear about your case Dr. Tekoshar. Since your filing was not concurrent, you will have much less trouble. Gladly, you have a solid plan and V. Chen is with you.

I would suggest reading similar NIW non-precedent decisions issued by AAO here:https://www.uscis.gov/laws/admin-decisions?topic...

You may see several after Dhanasar cases refused by master degree (even one with Ph.D.), based on the first prong which is related to "national importance." In all cases, it is mentioned that masters degree is fine as an advanced degree but they further argued that the petitioner's proposed endeavor is not in the national interest as the scope is limited to the company's interest.
My friendly suggestion is that do not weigh everything on your master degree, as the role of the type of your job could be way more important. I know it is a huge financial loss, but you may also consider postdoc if another NIW is your choice.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 06 Jan 2018
Topic: I-140 Regular processing time - Texas service center

That was strange for me too!
I think when it comes to USCIS decisions, logic will not simply work. Sad!

to VSFORGC:

I've seen a single NIW case back in September who received the approval all together. However, it was rare.
I also expected the gap between approvals, 1~6 months usually.
The officer insisted that the same officer requested background check which applies to both cases. It might be just the infopass officer deduction which I hope is the case!!

No timeline but the officer told me about the history of some activities on my I-485 case, so I assume they at least did "something" before I-140 approval.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 04 Jan 2018
Topic: I-140 Regular processing time - Texas service center

I think it might be because we filed concurrent. I attended an infopass today and they told me that the same officer would adjudicated all cases altogether. I would suggest to call to talk to L2 officer or get an infopass to check on that if they are consolidating your cases with the same officer. For I-140, we are way out of normal processing time but for I-485 it is not that scary.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 28 Nov 2017
Topic: I-140 Regular processing time - Texas service center

I don't understand why NIW approval would depend on the country you are coming from? It has been never ever mentioned anywhere in the "Matter of Dhanasar" or any other instruction provided by USCIS. I believe that the only driver is the assigned officers and the field of research. I have friends with very strong credentials that took them more than 10 months in TSC, while I know others with some moderate credentials who get approved in less than a month from TSC, same country, same university, both PhD students.
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