National Interest Waiver / NIW

Benefit From Our National Representation

If your matter is appropriate for a national interest waiver, we can use our extensive experience to help you through the petition process. At Leaf, Ferreira, de Araujo, LLC, our immigration attorneys are well-versed in presenting national interest waiver matters to the government and can use this background to assist with your case.

What is the National Interest Waiver

The national interest waiver (NIW) is open to non-US citizens possessing rare skills or an esteemed academic degree. Typically, when applying for a permanent job offer and labor certification there is an extensive process that can take months. However, individuals who qualify for the NIW are able to completely bypass that process by going through the second preference EB-2 employment based green card category. In order to be eligible to file an NIW petition, an individual most hold a higher academic degree or possess an exceptional skill within the arts, sciences, or business. Furthermore, the beneficiary must demonstrate their desire to work in a field or occupation that will add value to the U.S. and benefit to the national interest.

Documentation You Will Need

Every NIW case is decided upon on an individual basis. It is up to the beneficiary to prove that their individual merits and skills are worthy of being exempted from regular labor certificates.


Here is the documentation you will need in order to apply:


  • Copy of Notice of Approval


  • Up to date resume with job history


  • Copies of degrees and transcripts


  • All articles you have written


  • Articles where your work has been sited


  • Any notable academic awards


  • Current salary


  • Letters from esteemed persons in your field


Due to the complexity of the NIW, and the recent increased sensitivity to immigration, it is strongly encouraged that you seek legal counsel when petitioning. The experienced attorneys atLeaf, Ferreira, de Araujo, LLC, can help you with the process of filing for the NIW.

Take The Next Step - Call Our Firm

Our business immigration lawyers understand your need to obtain quality legal representation as you pursue residency in the United States. We have a firm grasp on the process required to obtain an EB-2 visa and can help you to file a national interest waiver petition, if applicable.


If you are interested in finding out if you qualify, begin by filling out a case evaluation.