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EB2-National Interest Waiver

Immigration Desk helps enterprising professionals file for permanent residency without a sponsor. To qualify, you must have a Masters degree and your work must benefit the general public.

EB-2 (National Interest Waiver)

Basics and Benefits of the National Interest Waiver

A national interest waiver petition is filed to request that the USCIS approve an employment- based green card while waving the requirement to have an employer sponsor the foreign national. The foreign national can sponsor himself if his work benefits the United States or a large part of our population. This waiver can only be used by foreign nationals filing in the EB-2 category. Foreign nationals must have either a master’s degrees or have exceptional professional abilities. Read about EB-2 petitions here.

  • Self-sponsor: A foreign national can sponsor himself. You do not need an employer.
  • No PERM needed: Usually, employment-based EB-2 green cards require 3 steps to be completed. When requesting a National Interest Waiver, however, you do not need to file for PERM (Step I). This makes the process much faster since the PERM can take well over a year to process.
  • Fast processing: In FY 2022, the USCIS also started permitting premium processing for NIW petitions. This means that if you choose to use the premium processing service, your petition will be reviewed in a few weeks instead of taking many months.
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Eligibility Criteria

In addition to meeting all the requirements for an EB-2 petition, you must meet these 3 criteria:

  • Your work has substantial merit and is of national importance
  • You are well-placed to advance your work
  • It would be beneficial to the United States to have you file for yourself

Read about the EB-2 requirements that you must also meet, here.

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How We Can Help

Proving an NIW Case

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 (link to EB-2 page).

The Immigration Desk Solution

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 petition. 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.

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