If you are a pilot with exceptional ability and/or an advanced degree, you can obtain a National Interest Waiver (NIW) and self-petition for your own green card without a job offer or a labor certification (PERM).
The National Interest Waiver (NIW) visa is part of an employment-based second preference section of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). It is applicable to those who are foreign nationals holding advanced degrees or those who possess exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business.
Typically, an applicant for an employment-based visa must present an approved labor certification and a permanent job offer from a U.S. employer. For EB 2-NIW, these requirements shall be waived if the talents and skills would be in the National Interest of the United States.
What are the types of EB 2-NIW petitions?
The applicant must provide any of the three (3) requirements as proof of exceptional ability:
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