Qualifications in National Interest Waiver
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The Shankar Law Firm, which is made up of immigrants and people who are either first or second-generation Americans, has firsthand knowledge of the difficult immigration process. Our goal is to empower the immigrant community by offering compassionate, high-quality immigration services. A strong alternative for some exceptionally qualified individuals seeking a green card through self-petition is the national interest waiver (NIW). An authorized national interest waiver enables applicants to get a green card even in the absence of a work offer. It might take a long time and be challenging to obtain an employer-sponsored green card for the United States. In most circumstances, the American business must demonstrate that it tried to hire an American worker but was unsuccessful in doing so. The business is required to place ads, interview applicants, and then obtain U.S. clearance. For permission to hire a foreign worker, contact the Department of Labor. This procedure can become highly time-consuming, expensive, and intricate. Consequently, many firms are reluctant to sponsor the green card applications of foreign workers.
The good news is that you have a few choices for submitting a self-petition for a green card. This indicates that you can apply for your green card without having a work offer from a U.S. company or without having a company sponsor you.
The National Interest Waiver is one of these choices (NIW). The EB-2 immigration category offers the national interest waiver. Those with skills and competencies in the arts, business, sciences, and/or certain other professions may self-petition for a green card through the national interest waiver.
Advantages of NIW
Ability to Petition Oneself
The possibility to self-petition for your green card is one of the main advantages of the EB2 national interest waiver, as was already mentioned. You can avoid the difficulty of looking for a U.S. employer who will sponsor your immigrant petition by using the national interest waiver. Another advantage is that you can completely circumvent the labor certification process by using the national interest waiver.
The quickness of the process is one of the main advantages of the national interest waiver. The procedure through a conventional employer-sponsored green card can take a very long time. The company is required to engage in various forms of recruitment and receive a valid labor certification from the Department of Labor. The completion of this process alone can take many months. The advantage of the EB2 national interest waiver is that the labor certification procedure is not necessary. You can save a ton of time by submitting your immigrant petition directly.
National Interest Waiver Requirements
There are 4 main requirements to qualify for EB2 NIW:
Qualify Under the EB2 Immigrant Category
Only applicants who fall under the EB2 immigration category are eligible for the EB2 national interest waiver. The NIW consists of additional requirements that go beyond those of the EB2. Therefore, you must first meet the requirements for EB2 to be eligible for a national interest waiver. There are primarily 2 approaches to meet the requirements for the EB2 category. As a professional with an advanced degree or as a person of outstanding ability, you may be eligible under EB2.
Advance Degree Professional
A professional with an advanced degree must demonstrate the following:
Your intended field of employment must necessitate an advanced degree.
Any degree above a baccalaureate must be an advanced degree, OR you must have a baccalaureate degree plus five years of progressive job experience in the field you intend to work in.
If you meet at least three of the following requirements, you may be eligible for EB2 based on extraordinary ability.
You must show that your proposed undertaking has both significant merit and national significance to be eligible for a national interest waiver. It is crucial to demonstrate that both of these requirements are met clearly and convincingly.
The job you will be doing while in the United States must have “substantial merit,” which implies it must be relevant to the country’s interests. The precise endeavor on which you will be concentrating should be the focus of the proof of substantial merit. As an illustration, suppose you are an expert in pediatric orthopedic surgery, you should define the endeavor as pediatric orthopedic surgery rather than “medicine” or “surgery.”
You may show substantial merit in many different industries such as science, technology, entrepreneurialism, culture, health, business, or education.
Of National Importance
To qualify for a national interest waiver, you must demonstrate that you are well-positioned to advance your proposed endeavor.
USCIS considers your capacity to advance the national interest through your anticipated employment in the field when considering whether you meet this condition.
The following criteria are used by USCIS to determine if you meet this requirement:
You are not necessary to demonstrate that it is more likely than not that you will succeed to meet this criteria. Instead, you should demonstrate your suitability for pursuing success.