The National Interest Waiver (NIW) is available to foreign nationals of exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business, and advanced degreed professionals.
The National Interest Waiver is a procedure to bypass the cumbersome labor certification process which ordinarily is a prerequisite in obtaining permanent residence through the EB2 employment based green card category.
Unoolo experienced immigration attorneys will prepare and file all the required documents for foreign professionals with advanced degrees, persons of exceptional ability, and a U.S. sponsor applying for Permanent Residence (Green Card).
The EB-4 immigrant visa is specified as an employment-based green card for special immigrant religious workers. It is generally intended for members of a specialist field in the United States, however, the category can cover a broad range of applicants:
• Employees of an International Organization
• Members of Armed Forces
• Engineer Fields
• Special Managements Fields
• Employees of the Panama Canal
The requirements differ for each EB-4 Visa applicant due to the amount of eligible participants, but the general requirements include:
EB-4 Special Worker Requirements:
For applicants wanting to file under the EB-4 specials workers category, it mandates precise requirements and qualifications in order to be eligible.
• Must have been a worker which denomination for a minimum of two years working experience?
• Employer is required to submit form I-360 to the USCIS.
• The applicant is obligated to obtain a letter from a superior within the religious organization in the United States.
• The letter must provide evidence that the applicant has been a member of the organization for a minimum of two years. It should also demonstrate that you have had at least two years of experience in your occupation/ vocation experience
• If the applicant is a minister, the letter is obligated to provide proof of authorization and the duties entailed with the occupation.
• If the applicant is a religious professional, he/she must have a bachelor’s degree for the EB-4 religious worker occupation. The professional must also have a letter stating the applicant’s U.S. bachelor’s degree or its foreign equivalent. It is mandatory to submit an official transcript or academic record.
• The applicant’s letter must explain at length, the duties of the minister or the wages the applicant is expected to receive while working as a professional or other religious occupation. The letter should explain that the applicant will not rely on a secondary occupation or charity for financial support.
One thing to take into account when determining the EB-4 processing time is the concept of priority dates. Your priority date is the day that the USCIS receives your EB-4 petition. You will need to compare this date to the “final action dates” given in the visa bulletin released by the Department of State each month. When your priority date meets the EB-4 final action date for your country, your date will become “current”, meaning that an immigrant visa number is available and you can move onto the next step.
Keep in mind that these priority dates are not the same for everyone. Because there is an annual limit on each visa, that number is spread across several countries. If too many people from one country apply for the same green card, a backlog develops. This is why applicants from heavily populated countries such as China and India tend to have longer priority date waiting times than others however for EB-4 Indians have the current Status that means Fast and secure process for them.
The final step in the EB-4 process once your priority date is current is to obtain your permanent resident status.