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What Is the NIW (National Interest Waiver)?

Exceptional talent and skill may have few boundaries, but that doesn’t change the fact that national borders exist. One option for those wishing to become a permanent resident of the U.S. is applying for a visa under the employment-based, second-preference immigration (EB-2) classification using the national interest waiver (NIW) — a form of self-petition that does not require a job offer from a U.S. employer.

Who qualifies for a national interest waiver?

What’s the process for applying for a national interest waiver?

For the majority of EB-2 classification visas, employers undergo a labor certification process with the U.S. Department of State to approve the job offer before the worker can even apply for their visa. With the NIW, you will apply directly to USCIS.

How long does it take to get a visa with a national interest waiver?

How hard is it to get a visa with a national interest waiver?

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