What Is A National Interest Waiver?
The U.S. government allows individuals who show great promise in fields important to U.S. interests to skip the labor certification process and apply for permanent residence through a national interest waiver. This is often the best choice for immigrants who are exceptional or have an advanced degree, but cannot meet the strict criteria for EB-1 classification.
National interest waiver petitions do not require a job offer, so individuals can apply without the sponsorship of an employer or family member. Alternatively, an employer may choose to sponsor an employee under this program. If you have questions, the attorneys at MT Law LLC can assist you. Our main office is in Lexington, Massachusetts, and we have additional locations in New York, California and China.
Qualifications For A National Interest Waiver
To obtain approval, you must either possess an advanced degree (at minimum a master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree with at least five years of progressive experience) or have exceptional ability. Additionally, you must be able to prove at least three of the following:
- A degree or similar award from an institution of higher education related to the field
- Letters documenting at least 10 years of full-time experience in the field
- A license or certification to practice in the field
- A high salary that shows exceptional ability
- Membership in professional associations
- Recognition of achievements and contributions by professionals or organizations
- Other comparable evidence
Concrete evidence that places you at a higher level than your peers improves chances of approval. Examples include a higher than the average number of citations, media attention and a patented technology currently in use.
Let Us Help You Obtain A National Interest Waiver
MT Law LLC successfully represents individuals in many areas involving the U.S. national interest. We offer a high-level of personalization and take care to describe your achievements in detail and emphasize your importance to U.S. national interests through diligent comparative analysis.
If you think you may qualify for a national interest waiver, or if you are an employer who would like to sponsor an employee for permanent residence under the program, please contact us today for a consultation by calling 800-345-1899.