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National Interest Waiver (NIW)/Extraordinary Ability

What is a National Interest Waiver (NIW)?

By filing a national interest waiver, a foreign national is requesting that the Labor Certification be waived because it is in the interest of the United.States. Jobs that qualify for this waiver are not defined by a specific rule, national interest waivers are usually granted to those who possess exceptional abilities — and their employment will greatly benefit the nation.

This type of waiver can be self-petitioned (an employer does not need to provide sponsorship). Under the new ruling, the self-petition EB-2 national interest waiver is more widely available. As a result, our firm anticipates a significant increase in filings, including in some cases where the self-petition EB-1 extraordinary ability immigrant visa category might be in consideration.

“As a seasoned NIW immigration expert, I wholeheartedly welcomed the new EB-2 NIW precedent decision, Matter of Dhanasar, published on 12/27/2016. The new decision effectively replaces the previous NYSDOT and makes the EB-2 NIW widely available to applicants who did not qualify under the old NIW standard. It remains to be seen as to how the USCIS will adjudicate cases under the new NIW standard.”


– Dobrina Dobreva-Ustun, Esq.


Case Summaries

EB-2 National Interest Waiver

FIELD: Food Engineering and Food Science

With a PhD in Agricultural Biological Engineering and working for one the largest food and beverage companies in the world, our client approached Ustun Law Group, PLLC to assist her with the NIW and Adjustment of Status petition. Experienced with successfully filing NIW petitions, our attorney, Dobrina Dobreva-Ustun, personally worked with our client to gather as much information as she could on our client’s work in the field. Our biggest tasks in this petition were to demonstrate the way in which our client’s research impacted our food supply and how because of her discoveries we were able to buy healthier and more nutritious food.

Upon request, our client provided us with more than 10 letters, written by leading experts in the food and beverage industry. In addition to the letters, we included our client’s publications (21), patents, and numerous awards she received for excellence in the field.
Our client’s NIW and Adjust of Status petitions were approved in less than six months without an RFE (request for further evidence).

EB-2 National Interest Waiver

With a PhD in Management and Information Systems and over eight years of experience developing novel research methods to understand the Internet user’s behavior, our client qualified for I-140 petition under the EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) category.

Our managing attorney, Dobrina Dobreva-Ustun, (Ustun Law Group, PLLC) personally worked with our client and helped her prepare a strong petition packet that convinced the USCIS to approve the NIW petition without any delays and requests for additional evidence.

At the time of filing, our client had five publications and 11 citations. Our client’s contributions to the field (big data) represented major advancements, significantly beyond the capabilities of the majority of her colleagues.

To further strengthen the NIW petition, our attorney, Dobrina Dobreva-Ustun, helped the client to reach out to other influential professionals in the field who were familiar with our client’s work and its impact on private companies and governmental organizations. Upon request, numerous scientists from around the world confirmed that our client has had an enormous impact in her field. In fact, prominent scholars and research scientists used our client’s work to further their research and professional development in the field.

Our client’s NIW petition was approved in 10 months. Currently, she is waiting for her I-485, Adjustment of Status interview.

For more information regarding our case results and how we can help you, please contact our firm at 469-994-9407 today.

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