The National Interest Waiver (NIW) green card is a permanent visa that does not require an employer or family member to sponsor you. To be eligible for an NIW green card, applicants must have an advanced degree and hold extraordinary ability in their field, relevant to the national interest. They must also demonstrate evidence of past accomplishments and potential future accomplishments that are expected to benefit the United States.
The process of obtaining a National Interest Waiver green card involves applying to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The I-140 petition and accompany documents should include proof that the applicant meets the NIW green card eligibility requirements. Additionally, it is beneficial for applicants to provide a recommendation letter from an employer or other qualified individual attesting to their exceptional ability and potential benefit to the United States. The letter should include specific details on why they would be beneficial in their chosen field of expertise.
Once the National Interest Waiver petition is approved by USCIS, the applicant can proceed with their green card application. If an immigrant visa number is available for the individual, then the green card application can be filed concurrently with the National Interest Waiver. The entire process can take several years to complete, so it’s important to plan and ensure all documents are gathered before applying. The time frame for filing and receiving an NIW Green Card varies depending on the current immigration processing times. On average, it can take up to 18 months or longer.
The application process is often much quicker than other green card categories as there is no need to go through a labor certification process. You can then apply for citizenship after five years of permanent residency in the United States.
There are several advantages to applying for an NIW Green Card over other green cards categories, such as:
-You don’t need a job offer from an employer in the U.S.
-You do not have to wait several years for your application to be processed.
-You can work and live in the United States with permanent resident status.
-There is also no requirement for an investment or business creation.
Applying for an NIW Green Card is a good option for those who want to become permanent residents of the United States “quickly”. However, it is important to note that some special qualifications may be required to be eligible for this type of green card. Before submitting your application, consult with an immigration attorney to ensure that you meet the requirements before filing your application.
If you have questions relating to the National Interest Waiver (NIW) green card or immigration, we would be happy to review your case, guide you through the necessary legal procedures, and answer any questions you have about your application.