A national interest waiver petition is a green card petition filed by foreign nationals for themselves. Unlike most other work-based green cards, an employer is not required to sponsor the foreign national. You must prove that:
In addition, you meet all the requirements of the EB-2 category. You must have either a master’s degrees or have exceptional professional abilities. Read the EB-2 criteria here
To read about detailed procedures and timeline, please visit the USCIS' page on the National Interest Waivers.
National interest waivers are a very popular option for business people to self-file for their green cards. There are several benefits to filing for NIW petitions:
NIW is a great alternative if you want to sponsor yourself, but your professional qualifications do not rise to the level of an EB-1 green card. The only downside is that national interest waiver request can only be made with an EB-2 petition. For nationals of countries like Mexico, India, China, and Philippines, it may still take years to obtain a green card.
Also, keep in mind that all the requirements for an EB-2 petition still have to be proven. Read here to learn more about EB-2 criteria.
We have helped many clients fulfill their dream of US residency by helping them file National Interest Waiver petitions. When you come to us looking for options to help you live in the US permanently, we routinely discuss your professional qualifications for an EB-1 green card as well as for an EB-2 NIW petitions. If your employer cannot sponsor you or if you are self-employed, we may be able to help you file for a green card through the NIW. Part of our service includes discussing your job, how it impacts your local community and how it might impact the US as a whole.
We have helped many clients, such as, an entrepreneurial human resource client, IT and finance professionals, scientists and college lecturers file for NIW petitions. Our clients now live happy, successful lives following their dreams in the US.
Above, we have described some of the common considerations while filing for a NIW green card. As attorneys, we believe in helping our clients succeed. It is our privilege to help our clients re-located to the US.
Please contact us to discuss how we can make the national interest waiver process easy for you.
When I reached out to Anu earlier this year (2022), I had run out of almost all options to continue my employment in the US since both my work visas (H1 and L1) were getting maxed out and my employer did not sponsor my green card....
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