As STEM professionals, you may be interested in applying for U.S. permanent residency or a green card. But did you know there is a special option for certain professionals in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics? It is called the EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW), and it can help you bypass the lengthy and costly process of obtaining a labour certification from the Department of Labor.
How STEM Professionals Can Apply for U.S. Permanent Residency Through EB-2 National Interest Waiver
In this post, I will explain what the EB-2 NIW is, what the requirements are to apply, and how you can benefit from the current administration’s policies. Let’s get started!
What is the EB-2 NIW?
The EB-2 NIW is a category of employment-based immigration that allows qualified individuals to apply for a green card without employer sponsorship or a job offer. This means that you can self-petition for your green card based on your achievements and contributions to your field of expertise.
The EB-2 NIW is based on the premise that your work is in the national interest of the United States and that waiving the labour certification requirement would benefit the country. The national interest can be broadly defined as anything that advances the health, safety, economy, education, culture, or environment of the U.S.
What are the requirements to apply for the EB-2 NIW?
To apply for the EB-2 NIW, you must meet two requirements: educational and professional.
The educational requirement is that you must have an advanced degree (master’s or doctoral) or its equivalent in your field. The equivalent can be a bachelor’s degree plus at least five years of progressive work experience in your field.
The professional requirement is that you demonstrate exceptional ability in your field and that your work has substantial merit and national importance. You must also show that you are well-positioned to advance your field in the future and that it would benefit the U.S. to waive the labour certification requirement for you.
To prove these criteria, you must provide evidence such as:
- Publications in peer-reviewed journals or other reputable media outlets
- Citations of your work by other researchers or experts
- Awards or honours for your work
- Membership in professional associations or societies
- Letters of recommendation from peers or authorities in your field
- Evidence of your impact on your field or industry
How can STEM professionals benefit from the current administration’s policies?
If you are a STEM professional, you can apply for the EB-2 NIW under the current administration. In 2022, President Biden issued an executive order that recognized the importance of STEM fields for the national interest and security of the U.S. and instructed immigration agencies to give special consideration to STEM professionals who seek the EB-2 NIW.
This means that if you are in a STEM field, such as science (including medicine, dentistry, and other health-related fields), technology (including information technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, etc.), engineering (including civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, etc.), or mathematics (including statistics, data science, etc.), you have a higher chance of getting approved for the EB-2 NIW than other applicants.
It would be best if you took advantage of This rare and favourable opportunity as soon as possible. Immigration policies can change at any time, and there is no guarantee that this preference will last forever.
How can I get started with my EB-2 NIW application?
Suppose you want to apply for the EB-2 NIW as a STEM professional. In that case, you should consult an experienced immigration attorney who can evaluate your eligibility and guide you through the process. The EB-2 NIW application involves preparing a comprehensive petition package that showcases your achievements and contributions to your field and demonstrates how they serve the national interest of the U.S.
You can start by clicking the link below and sharing your CV and professional accomplishments. We will do a free evaluation and let you know if you qualify for the EB-2 NIW. We are attorney Carlos Colombo and have helped many STEM professionals obtain their green cards through this option.
We look forward to assisting you with your immigration goals.
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