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Views From the Lab – Can STEM Professionals Benefit from a National Interest Waiver

Many STEM specialists have unique skill sets that are in high demand globally. Many of you work in fields that have been recognized as key drivers of innovation and growth. In the U.S., STEM specialists have a unique opportunity to leverage their expert ability in the immigration landscape. 

STEM disciplines inherently involve innovation, research, and problem-solving. These qualities are highly valued in many fields, and can be in high demand in important industries in the U.S. It doesn’t matter if your work involves developing medical therapies or researching sustainability, your work and contributions to advance your field can be considered as serving the national interest, and can provide the background you need for a successful green card application. 

Preparing for a Strong NIW Application

To prepare to build a compelling case for an NIW, consider the following steps:

  • Take time to gather substantial evidence of your contributions. This evidence should include your publications, awards, patents and other evidence of your achievements.
  • Put together documentation showing your ongoing and future projects. Be prepared to clearly explain the importance of your work and the impact that your work would make on the U.S.
  • Reach out to your connections to secure recommendation letters. The best recommendations would contain strong endorsements from leaders in your field who can explain the importance of your work.

For STEM professionals, the National Interest Waiver presents an invaluable opportunity to bypass the traditional green card sponsorship process and continue making meaningful contributions to the U.S. However, the application process can be intricate and detailed, and there are many opportunities to make a misstep. An experienced immigration attorney can work with you to discuss your work and history and the details of your situation. Feel free to contact us at this link to schedule a free consultation meeting. 

Learn great tips you can use to set up your application for success.