EB-2 “National Interest Waiver” Immigrant Visas

EB-2 “National Interest Waiver” Immigrant Visas

Foreign workers with advanced degrees or exceptional ability in their field — and whose work is in the United States’ national interest — may apply for a waiver of the PERM labor certification requirement and submit an Immigrant Visa Petition directly to USCIS on Form I-140. This category is called a National Interest Waiver or NIW. In some cases, depending on their nationality, foreign workers applying for EB-2 NIW status are eligible to file their personal application for a green card (I-485) concurrently with the I-140 petition.

This category is available to advanced degree professionals, and to persons with exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business whose work will substantially and prospectively benefit the national economy, cultural or educational interests, or welfare of the U.S.

The petition must clearly demonstrate that the foreign worker will work in an area of “substantial intrinsic merit”; that there is a benefit that is national in scope; and that there is a record of past accomplishments from which it can be concluded that they will serve the national interest to a greater extent than other persons with the same level of education, training, and/or experience.

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