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How to Apply for EB2-NIW

Updated: Aug 9

The EB2-NIW visa is a great option for immigrants with exceptional ability or advanced degrees. If you are eligible, it can be a faster and more efficient way to get your green card than the traditional route. This article will explore the eligibility requirements and benefits of the EB2-NIW visa.

What Is the EB2-NIW Visa?


The EB2-NIW visa is a type of employment-based green card. It is reserved for immigrants with advanced degrees or exceptional ability in their field.




Who Is Eligible for the EB2-NIW Visa?


To be eligible for the EB2-NIW visa, you must have an advanced degree or exceptional ability in your field.


What is considered an advanced degree for the purpose of an EB-2-NIW petition?

Advanced degree is a Doctoral or Master’s degree or a Bachelor’s (4 years or more) plus 5 years of post-baccalaureate, progressive work experience in the field. The evidence depends on the particular case and may include diplomas and academic transcripts, employment confirmation letters, and an expert letter if necessary.

What is “exceptional ability” for the purpose of EB2-NIW petition? What are the criteria for demonstrating exceptional ability?

Exceptional ability means a degree of expertise significantly above that ordinarily encountered in the sciences, arts, business, or sports.

If an applicant does not have an advanced degree, s/he must meet at least three of the criteria below:

  • Official academic record showing that you have a degree, diploma, certificate, or similar award from a college, university, school, or other institution of learning relating to your area of exceptional ability

  • Letters documenting at least 10 years of full-time experience in your occupation

  • A license to practice your profession or certification for your profession or occupation

  • Evidence that you have commanded a salary or other remuneration for services that demonstrates your exceptional ability

  • Membership in a professional association(s)

  • Recognition for your achievements and significant contributions to your industry or field by your peers, government entities, professional or business organizations

  • Other comparable evidence of eligibility is also acceptable.


What Are the Benefits of the EB2-NIW Visa?

There are several benefits of the EB2-NIW visa. First, it allows you to live and work permanently in the United States. Second, it does not require a job offer from a U.S. employer. This makes it easier to obtain than other employment-based visas. Finally, it gives you the ability to apply for citizenship after five years.


If you are eligible for the EB2-NIW visa, it can be a great way to obtain a green card. It is important to consult with an experienced immigration attorney to ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements and to help you navigate the application process.

How Our Law Firm Can Help You With Your EB2-NIW Visa


If you are interested in applying for an EB2-NIW visa, our law firm can help. We have experience helping clients with all types of employment-based visas, including the EB2-NIW visa. We can help you gather the necessary documentation and evidence to support your petition. We will also be there to answer any questions you have and to help you navigate the application process.


Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Murtaz.

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