The EB2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) is a visa designed to allow individuals to obtain permanent residency in the United States without a job offer from a US employer, if they can show that they intend to work towards the National Interest of the United States and have a distinguished professional history.

It is one of only three methods of obtaining an employment based green card without sponsorship from a US employer, the others being the EB-1A or a substantial investment.

The first requirement of the NIW is to show that the individual has either an Advanced Degree (any degree above a baccalaureate degree, including Master’s, MD, PhD or others), a baccalaureate degree and 5 years of progressive experience, or “Exceptional Ability”.

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In order to qualify as an individual of “Exceptional Ability” you must meet at least 3 of the 6 criteria required by USCIS.

  1. An official academic record evidencing a degree, diploma or certificate in your field;
  2. Letters confirming at least 10 years of full-time experience in your field;
  3. A license or certificate to in your field;
  4. Evidence that you received above-average salary or remuneration in your field;
  5. Evidence of membership in professional associations in your field;
  6. Documents proving recognition for your achievements and contributions within your field.

If you are interested, you can read more information about the EB2 NIW visa on the US Citizenship and Immigration Service website.

The EB2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) is one of the most well-known employment-based visa options.

An individual who meets the criteria described above for the EB2 NIW visa, who seeks to work in an endeavor of national importance for the U.S. and who has a strong professional profile can potentially qualify for a green card.

Every year, thousands of individuals qualify for permanent residence through the EB2 NIW visa category by proving that they can benefit the United States by working in their areas of professional expertise.

For this reason, individuals in diverse fields can qualify. Our attorneys have successfully won cases for engineers, doctors, dentists, nurses, physical therapists, pilots, IT professionals, entrepreneurs and many other professions.

Another requirement of the National Interest Waiver is that a person be “Well Positioned” to advance their professional career in the US, which requires documenting an applicant’s previous success in their field and professional history, as well as developing a plan to advance their career in the U.S.

Our attorneys have extensive experience arguing National Interest Waiver cases. We give personalized attention to each client in order to build an extensive and robust application.


Do you dream of living and working legally in the United States and identify yourself as one of the EB2 NIW visa profiles described above? Then contact AG team and fill out our free green card pre-assessment form and start making your American dream come true today