National Interest Waiver Attorney

Permanent Residence through a Waiver of the Labor Certification

A National Interest Waiver can be used by applicants for EB-2 Visa classification (Green Card) for requesting a waiver of the Labor Certification process because it will be in the interest of the United States.

Although the jobs that qualify for a national interest waiver are not defined by statute, national interest waivers are usually granted to those who have exceptional ability and whose employment in the United States would greatly benefit the national. Individuals seeking a national interest waiver are allowed to self-petition.

A National Interest Waiver is a very desirable option for Ph.D. students, scholars, researchers, and other advanced degree professionals, because neither the Labor Certification nor a permanent job offer are required.

The law does not specify the meaning of "National Interest". However, the following factors are generally taken into account to determine national interest:

  • Improvement of the U.S. economy
  • Improvement of wages and working conditions for U.S. workers;
  • Improvement of health care
  • Improvement of the education system
  • Improvement of the environment

The USCIS recently announced that entrepreneurs that are either members of the professions, or have exceptional abilities, may qualify for a National Interest Waiver and self-petition for permanent residence.

National Interest Waiver petitions are reviewed very carefully by the USCIS and the 15-day premium processing is not offered. It is crucial that you hire a competent Immigration Attorney to assist you for presenting your case in the best way possible and maximize your chances of success.

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