Do you want to obtain a lawful United States permanent residence without having an employer as a sponsor? Does your work benefit the national interest of the United States? If so, then you may very well qualify for a “National Interest Waiver.” This subset of the EB2 employment-based visa categories is for those whose work can benefit America’s national interest academically, economically, or culturally (or a combination of those). If you believe that there’s the slightest chance you may qualify, it’s worth reaching out to a National Interest Waiver lawyer here at the Rijal Law Firm.
Who’s Eligible for a National Interest Waiver?
First, to be eligible, you must be able to qualify for the EB2 category (which includes possessing an exceptional ability or advanced degree). In addition to both general acclaim within the field as well as a multitude of criteria that support your claim to expertise, you should have a Master’s, Ph.D., or post-baccalaureate degree. That’s just the start. There are many other qualifications for this waiver. This is one more reason why it’s worth it to reach out to an experienced attorney: we can tell you definitively at the start of the process if this immigration method is right for you or if another method would best serve you.
What Documentation Is Required for a National Interest Waiver?
The application for a National Interest Waiver requires extensive documentation. As no two candidates are the same, every single application is unique, differing from the last. What many don’t realize about the National Interest Waiver is that it doesn’t have a specific, set form. You can’t just “fill in the blanks.”
By consulting with an experienced attorney, we can create the best application on your behalf. In part, we can do this by including necessary documentation such as letters of recommendation, evidence that supports your exceptional ability, affidavits from leaders in your field, evidence of your achievements, recognitions, publications of your work, and much more.
What is the National Interest Waiver Timeline?
It could be anywhere between three to nine months. That depends greatly on the USCIS officer adjudicating your case, the service center involved, and so forth. Even once your petition is approved, you will need to wait for your priority date. Once that date is current, then, you can apply for an immigrant visa at the US consulate or for Adjustment of Status.
A National Interest Waiver Lawyer Who Can Help
If you’re someone who even thinks they might be eligible for the National Interest Waiver, then you have worked very, very hard in your field. As such, you deserve to have the best possible case made on your behalf. By working with us here at the Rijal Law Firm, you give yourself the best chance for a successful outcome. When complexity does arise in your case, we can draw upon our experience to guide you to where you want to go. For a free case evaluation, message us through our site or call.