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  • Understanding the National Interest Waiver (NIW): An Effective Pathway for US Immigration

    The National Interest Waiver (NIW) is a valuable tool within the U.S. immigration system, particularly under the EB-2 visa category, which includes professionals holding advanced degrees or individuals with exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business. Unlike traditional employment-based visa processes, the NIW allows eligible individuals to bypass the labor certification process, commonly known […]
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  • Navigating the Physician National Interest Waiver Journey: Securing State Support from the DOH

    As part of the Physician National Interest Waiver (PNIW) process, the Petitioner will need to obtain a letter of support from Department of Health (DOH). Obtaining a letter of support from the Department of Health (DOH) for a PNIW involves several steps. It’s important to note that the process varies by state. Below is a […]
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  • EB-2 National Interest Waiver Policy for STEM Graduates

    Since 1990, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) has provided that certain individuals eligible under the Employment-based, second preference (EB-2) immigrant visa classification may obtain a waiver of the job offer requirement if the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) deems such waiver to be in the “national interest.” This waiver provision applies only to […]
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  • NIW vs. PERM Labor Certification: Differences, Pros & Cons

    If you’re considering applying for an employment-based green card, you may wonder what the differences are between the PERM labor certification process and the National Interest Waiver (NIW). The two processes are designed to meet different criteria. Generally, applying for either an EB-2 or EB-3 visa requires a specific job offer and a PERM labor […]
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  • Why You Need an Immigration Lawyer for a NIW

    The National Interest Waiver (NIW) is a way for employment-based, second preference (EB-2) visa petitioners to avoid the PERM labor certification process. Unlike the PERM labor certification process, the NIW allows foreign nationals to self-petition for their EB-2 without being sponsored by a U.S. employer. The NIW process requires thoroughness and meticulous documentation. With the help of […]
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  • Premium Processing Expansions for Certain Visas

    On January 12, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is implementing its final phase of premium processing expansion for Form I-140, Immigration Petition for Alien Workers, under the EB-1 and EB-2 preference categories. This final phase applies to all new (initial) petitions, in addition to all previously filed Form I-140 petitions […]
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  • USCIS Implements Second Phase of Premium Processing for Filed EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is beginning to implement its second phase of premium processing for certain petitioners who have a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers. This is specifically meant for Form I-140s filed under EB-1 and EB-2 classifications under the E13 multinational executive and manager classification or E21 classification as […]
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  • EB-2 National Interest Waiver Green Cards

    The employment-based second preference immigrant visa (EB-2) is reserved for individuals holding advanced degrees or for those who possess exceptional ability. Generally, EB-2 petitions must be accompanied by an approved labor certification from the Department of Labor. That lengthy process, however, can be waived by requesting a National Interest Waiver (NIW). A NIW permits an […]
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