Previous post explained what should be included in National Interest Waiver letter of support. Today we will only summarize it and show practical example of NIW reference letter which can serve as a template for anyone. All real NIW recommendation letters which were part of our successful EB2 NIW petition may be found in our Do It Yourself kit.
Note, that this is not a real NIW recommendation letter, just an example of sentences which could be used in the letter. These sentences should be accompanied by more specific details and laymen’s explanations wherever it is possible.
It is not necessary to include everything in one letter – we rather focused each letter on a few important points and discussed them more in detail.
National Government Agency
Department of Physics
927 Louise Street
San Francisco, CA 87934-2619
Tel: (375) 748-2367
Fax: (375) 748-4625
February 26, 2013
P.O. Box 660128
Dallas, TX 75266
Re: Recommendation letter for Dr. Zdenek Sverak’s Petition (EB-2 National Interest Waiver)
Dear USCIS Officer:
It is my great pleasure to support Dr. Sverak’s petition for Permanent Residency in the United States of America in category EB-2 National Interest Waiver.
[Introduction of recommender – credentials and background]
First, please allow me to briefly introduce myself. I am currently a Senior Researcher at National Government Agency. I have been in radiation physics for more than 30 years. I received a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University in Experimental Physics. I worked as a researcher at several universities (Harvard, Yale, Berkeley) and national institutions and laboratories (NASA, Argonne National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory). I received grants in total value of 11 Million USD from federal organizations (NASA, National Science Foundation). I published more than 200 journal papers and 8 book chapters. I served as a reviewer in major physics journals (Journal of Applied Physics, Radiation Imaging Journal). Among the awards that I received: Faraday Medal, Einstein Prize (APS), IEEE Heinrich Hertz Medal, Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics. My current research in National Government Agency includes major projects in radiation imaging, monitoring and development of new detector technologies used in space missions.
[How the recommender knows petitioner]
I have never met Dr. Sverak personally but I became aware of his distinguished pixel detectors research published in leading Journal of Applied Physics in 2009. His papers bring original new approach to radiation imaging which significantly improves quality of images. I am familiar with his papers because of their significance to radiation imaging field and I have cited some of these papers in my own publications.”
I invited Dr. Sverak to join my research group (9/2012) because I noticed his significant contributions he made in world recognized laboratory CERN in Switzerland. Dr. Sverak developed new technique of radiation imaging which reduces doses of rays and at the same time improves quality of images. He could apply this unique experience in our laboratory.
I was a supervisor of Dr. Sverak during his PhD studies in Experimental Physics at University of California. [Detailed laymen’s description follows.]
[Demonstrating of 1. NIW criterion – substantial intrinsic merit]
Dr. Sverak has developed new technology for radiation detectors which significantly helps to reduce doses to patients during medical cancer imaging. [Detailed laymen’s explanation follows.]
Dr. Sverak discovered new vaccine which successfully treats dengue fever. [Detailed laymen’s explanation follows.]
[Demonstrating of 2. NIW criterion – national in scope]
Dr. Sverak’s distinguished research achievements bring superior benefits to national security in the form of early warning against radiation threat. His unique radiation monitoring equipment was already installed and used with success in National Government Agency. Similarly, these detectors are now being installed in 8 other federal facilities over the whole USA as a part of their security system.
[Demonstrating of 3. NIW criterion – national interest – past track of achievements]
Dr. Sverak published his original research contributions in more than 50 papers in major peer reviewed journals which is extraordinary number in the radiation imaging field.
Dr. Sverak was asked to review over 30 papers in Radiation Physics Journal which is the most important journal in this field.
Dr. Sverak was elected from more than 100 most skilled researchers from the whole USA as a most innovative researcher and jury composed from distinguished independent experts in the field awarded him by Norman’s Prize.
[Demonstrating of 3. NIW criterion – national interest – impact on field as a whole]
Dr. Sverak’s research significantly affected radiation physics field as evidenced by more than 250 citations of his journal papers by wide community of researchers in this field.
My research group in National Government Agency uses Dr. Sverak’s original invaluable technology because it effectively solves problem with low image contrast. As far as I know, Dr. Sverak’s research discoveries are used also in other national facilities in USA and Europe.
I invited Dr. Sverak to advise researchers in our laboratory with development of new radiation monitoring technology because he has invaluable experience in this field. [Detailed laymen’s explanation follows.]
[Demonstrating of 3. NIW criterion – national interest – applicant is substantially better than others]
Dr. Sverak has made outstanding contributions in radiation imaging technology and he was first researcher who developed device with sufficient image resolution and significantly lower doses to patients. Discovery of such technology is a spectacular achievement.
Dr. Sverak’s strong knowledge and distinguished expertise of pixel detectors goes far beyond the skills of ordinary peers with same education in this field. [Detailed laymen’s explanation follows.]
[Demonstrating of 3. NIW criterion – national interest – critical role in the project]
Dr. Sverak plays a critical role in my radiation imaging research and it would be seriously impaired without his invaluable contribution. In such case accomplishing of this whole nationally important project would be threatened.
[Demonstrating of 3. NIW criterion – national interest – prospective benefits]
[Begin with detailed laymen’s explanation.] I truly believe that Dr. Sverak’s impressive and nationally important past track of achievements is strong indication that he will serve to US national interest also in the future.
[Demonstrating of 3. NIW criterion – national interest adversely affected]
National Government Agency would like to offer a permanent job to Dr. Sverak. However, our policy doesn’t allow to give such an offer to foreign aliens who don’t poses permanent residency. Hence, traditional labor certification cannot be applied in this case. Dr. Sverak is a key member of our team in this nationally important project and if we cannot employ him it would negatively affect national interest. [Detailed laymen’s explanation follows.]
Dr. Sverak developed outstanding technology in radiation imaging and National Government Agency is further critically dependent on his experience with this technology. Labor certification process would probably find somebody with minimum education, PhD in physics, but not with such high level of expertise in this particular research. Our projects which are in national interest would be seriously impaired if labor certification were required.
For the above reasons, I strongly support and recommend to grant Dr. Sverak Permanent Residency in the United States of America.
John Doe, PhD
Department of Physics
National Government Agency
We have published several examples of real NIW recommendation letters in our NIW DIY package – these letters helped enormously to approval of our National Interest Waiver application.