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What is EB2 – National Interest Waiver visa?

The EB2 national interest waiver allows an individual to “self-petition” for their own employment visa without applying for the labor certification. The applicant does not need to show a job offer from an employer. This is an attractive option to many foreign nationals with extensive education and work accolades.


This special type of visa is a two-step process.

Firstly, an individual must show that he or she holds an “advanced degree” or has an “exceptional ability.” Then, the individual must show that it is in the interest of the United States to waive the job offer and labor certificate.

Step One

Advanced Degree

Applicant must first demonstrate that the area of work or research is a position that requires an advanced degree. An advanced degree is typically those degrees post-bachelorette. If you have a foreign degree, USCIS utilizes the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE) in order to determine the validity of the foreign credentials. You may also utilize a bachelor’s degree in conjunction with more than five years of post-graduation work experience in the specialized field as an alternative to an advanced degree.

EB-2 Exceptional Ability

A foreign national can also show that he or she possesses exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business. The petition must be accompanied by at least three of the following:

(A) An official academic record showing that the alien has a degree, diploma, certificate, or similar award from a college, university, school, or other institution of learning relating to the area of exceptional ability;

(B) Evidence in the form of a letter(s) from current or former employer(s) showing that the alien has at least ten years of full-time experience in the occupation for which he or she is being sought;

(C) A license to practice the profession or certification for a particular profession or occupation;

(D) Evidence that the alien has commanded a salary, or other remuneration for services, which demonstrates exceptional ability;

(E) Evidence of membership in professional associations;

or (F) Evidence of recognition for achievements and significant contributions to the industry or field by peers, governmental entities, or professional or business organizations.

Step Two

National Interest Waiver

In order to show that the applicant is eligible for a waiver of the job offer and labor certificate, it must be demonstrated that the position is in the national interest of the United States; you must show:

(1) that the foreign national’s proposed endeavor has both substantial merit and national importance;

(2) that the foreign national is well-positioned to advance the proposed endeavor;

and (3) that, on balance, it would be beneficial to the United States to waive the requirements of a job offer and, thus, of a labor certification.

If these three elements are satisfied, USCIS may approve the national interest waiver as a matter of discretion.

If an applicant is successful in obtaining an EB-2 NIW, it will allow the applicant to obtain an immigrant visa and permanent resident status in the United States, all without the requirement of a job offer and the often-lengthy process of the Department of Labor.

If you believe you meet these requirements and like to self-petition for a green card, please contact our office in Orlando today for a confidential consultation.

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