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EB-2 | National Interest Waiver (NIW)

National Interest Waiver is a subcategory of EB-2 immigration visas, which awards second-preference employment-based Green Cards to skilled and knowledgeable foreign nationals. An experienced immigration attorney can help determine if you qualify for a Foreign Labor Certification Process waiver.

The Law Offices of Fariba Faiz specialize in immigration petitions, including EB-2 National Interest Waivers. We can help assess the merit and significance of your endeavors to determine if you are eligible to bypass the labor certification process and job offer requirements and receive an EB-2 employment-based immigrant visa.


  • No specific job offer is required

    Foreign nationals may continue to work in their field of endeavor which must provide a benefit to the U.S.

  • Self-petition is allowed

    However, this can be a complicated process; the Law Offices of Fariba Faiz have successfully filed numerous EB-2 petitions and can help you through the process.

  • Labor certification is not required

    Allowing for expedited petition processing.

Eligibility Requirements

To receive a National Interest Waiver and EB-2 visa, applicants must substantiate that, based on their exceptional ability and experience, bypassing the labor certification process is in the best interest of the U.S. Applicants seeking an EB-2 visa must provide evidence of the following:

  1. The merit and significance of their endeavor – EB-2 visas are granted to individuals in fields of national importance to the U.S., such as business, science, technology, and education
  2. The applicant's ability to advance this endeavor as demonstrated by their education, experience, current progress, and future plans
  3. Demonstration of value – the applicant must present evidence that the benefits of waiving the labor certification and job offer criteria are advantageous to the U.S.
  4. EB-2 National Interest Waiver petitions much also include documentation of at least 3 of the following criteria:
    • Applicant holds a degree in the field
    • Applicant has at least 10 years of documented work experience in the field
    • Applicant holds professional licensure or certification
    • Applicant holds a salary indicative of exceptional ability in the field
    • Applicant belongs to professional associations in the field
    • Applicant holds recognition in the field by peers or governmental acknowledgment
    • Any other relevant evidence of ability and experience.

The expert team of immigration attorneys at the Law Offices of Fariba Faiz are knowledgeable in evaluating and the documentation and qualification requirement necessary to secure EB-2 National Interest Waiver Green Cards. We have helped many advanced degree holders and exceptional ability workers achieve EB-2 employment-based immigration without a labor certification or employment sponsor.