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EB-2 NIW vs. EB-1A: Choosing the Right Green Card Path

Fast-tracking your path to a green card is an exciting prospect, but the complexities of the US immigration categories can be daunting. Two options stand out for professionals with exceptional abilities: EB-1A (Extraordinary Ability) and EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver). Both offer self-petitioning (no employer sponsorship required) and potentially faster processing times, but the requirements differ significantly. In this article, we’ll break down the key points to help you choose the most suitable path.

EB-1A: Extraordinary Ability

This category is reserved for individuals who have risen to the very top of their fields. Think Nobel Prize winners, Olympic athletes, or acclaimed CEOs. Here’s what you need to demonstrate:

  • Sustained Acclaim: Provide evidence of a one-time achievement (e.g., a major international award) or a combination of three proofs like publications, prestigious memberships, or high salary.
  • Continued Expertise: Convince USCIS that you intend to continue excelling in your field of extraordinary ability within the U.S.
  • National Benefit: Show how your presence in the US will significantly contribute to the country’s advancement.

EB-2 NIW: National Interest Waiver

This category caters to professionals with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities whose work holds significant value for the US. Here’s what you’ll need to prove:

  • Advanced Degree or Exceptional Ability: Hold a bachelor’s degree (or foreign equivalent) with at least five years of progressive experience or showcase exceptional skills through awards, publications, etc.
  • National Interest Waiver: Demonstrate that your proposed work in the US has substantial merit and national importance. Additionally, convince USCIS that waiving the job offer requirement would benefit the US more than requiring one.

Choosing Your Path

EB-1A is ideal for: Individuals with a proven track record of extraordinary achievements at the pinnacle of their fields.

EB-2 NIW is ideal for: Professionals with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities whose work aligns with US national interests.

Contact Us for EB-2 NIW Assistance

Reach out to our experienced team to learn how we can help guide you through the EB-2 NIW green card application process and achieve your goals. Our services are tailored to support your Employment-Based Second Preference National Interest Waiver (EB-2 NIW) application from start to finish.

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