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How to Apply for the National Interest Waiver

June 1, 2023
The National Interest Waiver (NIW) is part of the United States EB-2 employment-based visa petition. It’s designed for those with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities that could benefit the national interest of the US. It’s a highly sought-after visa because once the applicant is approved, they become a lawful permanent resident of the country. However, it’s not easy to qualify. Here are the details you must know before you apply for an NIW.

National Interest Waiver Processing Time

May 31, 2023
Petitioning for an employment-based green card typically requires a sponsor. Applicants on a general path to this target can’t petition for themselves. The process includes receiving job offers and perm labor certification approvals, as well as completing various other forms and awaiting approval. But if you qualify, you can avoid these delays and sponsor yourself under a National Interest Waiver (NIW), which may cut down the processing time for your green card significantly.

How to Change Jobs With a National Interest Waiver

May 30, 2023
When you’re approved for a National Interest Waiver, you sponsor yourself and don’t need a job offer to get your document. The NIW, as it’s referred to, is a fast track to a green card. But to keep your place in the green card waiting line, you must continue to prove that you’re working toward the terms stipulated with your NIW, which usually means having a specific job. So, when you change employers under an NIW, it could technically affect your green card status. Here are the details you should know if you’re considering changing (or have already changed) jobs as a National Interest Waiver holder.

FAQs for the EB-2 National Interest Waiver

May 30, 2023
An NIW, or National Interest Waiver, is part of the EB-2 category, used when an applicant wishes to obtain a green card in the US. This second-preference employment-based visa opportunity eliminates the requirement of other work visas: the beneficiary does not need a job offer in order to qualify for an NIW. But to balance this exception, there are many other substantial factors that must be met before someone is approved for the waiver, and it can be confusing to navigate the NIW process. Here are some of the typical frequently asked questions and their answers regarding the EB-2 National Interest Waiver.

How to Increase Your Success Rate for the NIW

May 22, 2023
When you’re a foreign national attempting to get authorization to leave your country and live and work in America, there are multiple categories you can look into. These employment-based visas are typically contingent on having a legitimate job offer before applying for the document. But if you are eligible for a National Interest Waiver, you can skip this requirement. How does the NIW work, and how can you increase your chances of getting yours approved? Keep reading to find out.

National Interest Waiver Changes and Who They Benefit

May 18, 2023
The National Interest Waiver program benefits those wishing to enter the United States without a sponsored job offer. Once there, they can take the Green Card path to permanent residency — provided it’s in the nation’s best interest to approve this waiver. However, recent changes make this challenging process a little more accessible to certain categories of people. What are these adaptations, and will they benefit you? Read on to find out.

Everything You Need to Know About the National Interest Waiver

May 18, 2023
Obtaining a green card is a challenging endeavor. Most people use this path to US residency when they have a family member sponsoring them or a job offer from an employer willing to support their green card journey. But if neither of those options applies to you, you could qualify for a national interest waiver. What is this document, and what are the qualifications for foreign nationals? We have everything you need to know right here!

Tech Companies Want New Rules for Children of Highly Skilled Visa Holders

June 9, 2022
One way to help highly skilled workers who want to move to the United States is to create a more flexible policy for their children to remain in the U.S. past the age of 21.

Patents and the NIW Application

March 29, 2022
Patents are not easy to come by, but if you have one and are applying for a NIW, such intellectual property can strengthen your overall case and speed up adjudication time.

USCIS Expands Criteria for National Interest Waiver (NIW) Candidates

January 26, 2022
The USCIS has expanded their NIW criteria for highly skilled individuals in the science and technology fields. Those applying for an NIW can forgo the Department of Labor’s lengthy certification process.
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