Employment Based Green Card
- EB-1, Extraordinary Ability
- EB-1, Outstanding Professors/Researchers
- EB-1, Managers and Executives
- EB-2, Exceptional Ability
- EB-2, Advanced Degree Professionals
- EB-2, National Interest Waiver
- EB-2, Physicians in Underserved Areas
- EB-3, Skilled, Professional, Other Workers
- EB-4, Special Immigrants
- EB-5, Investment by Alien Entrepreneur
- I-140, Petition for Immigrant Worker
- I-140 Filing Locations
- I-140 Premium Processing
- Sponsoring Employer
EB-2 National Interest Waiver
- Employer - Not required
- Labor Certification - Not required
Since this is an EB2 (employment based second preference) petition, the beneficiary of an NIW must qualify as either an "Advanced Degree Professional" or an "Alien of Exceptional Ability". You just have to qualify for one of those categories. It is unnecessary to send proof of both. In order for NIW case to be considered, this is the minimum requirement and does not guarantee a successful NIW case.
NIW petition can be filed by aliens or can be sponsored through an employer. While NIW petition is pending, the alien may make additional green card application(s) in other categories.
NIW petitions are very popular among Ph.D. students, researchers, post doctoral research fellows and other advanced degree professionals. You can apply for NIW petition even if you are on F1 status, as NIW does not require a specific offer of employment.
Your priority date is the date USCIS receives your petition. Even though it takes around 6 months to one year to process an NIW case, time duration for an individual case may vary considerably.