What is NIW

National Interest Waiver (NIW) National Interest Waiver (NIW) is a petition for an employment-based immigrant visa under the second preference ("EB-2"). Unlike the first preference category for individuals with extraordinary ability ("EB-1A"), EB-2 generally requires a specific, permanent job offer and a corresponding approved labor certification.

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Strength of NIW

  • Eligible candidate is not required to go through employer or sponsor

  • Less processing period

  • Reduction on children education and business establishment fees through fast Green Card process

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Qualification for NIW

For Advanced Degree...

  • Possession of advanced degree (degree above a bachelor’s) ; master’s degree or MBBS / MD / BDS / DDS

  • Possession of equivalent to an advanced degree; defined by the USCIS as a baccalaureate or bachelor’s degree plus 5 years of progressive work experience in the field


For Exceptional Ability... (Includes any 3 criterion listed below)

  • Evidence of receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence

  • Evidence of your membership in associations in the field which demand outstanding achievement of their members

  • Evidence of published material about you in professional or major trade publications or other major media

  • Evidence that you have been asked to judge the work of others, either individually or on a panel

  • Evidence of your original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field

  • Evidence of your authorship of scholarly articles in professional or major trade publications or other major media

  • Evidence that your work has been displayed at artistic exhibitions or showcases

  • Evidence of your performance of a leading or critical role in distinguished organizations

  • Evidence that you command a high salary or other significantly high remuneration in relation to others in the field

  • Evidence of your commercial successes in the performing arts

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