The employer sponsorship route through the PERM Labor Certification would have taken too long. It would have been a straightforward PERM, but the processing times were just too long, so we decided to file an EB-2 National Interest Waiver Petition (Form I-140). The client did not have any publications. His experience was mostly practical.


Our client qualified for EB-2 classification for having a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. We also argued that he had exceptional ability. In order to prove that he was exceptional as a mechanical engineer, we included lots of evidence of all the major projects he had worked on. We also submitted extensive evidence of his important certifications and 7 letters of recommendation from his peers. To argue that he qualified for a National Interest Waver of the Labor Certification, we included a Professional Plan and Evidence of his exceptional abilities as an engineer.



Our client’s EB2 NIW was approved in just 4 months without a Request for Evidence. The client’s work permit (Form I-765) was approved next. The green card (Form I-485) was approved just 4 months after the petition. It all happened so fast that his travel authorization (Form I-131) wasn’t even adjudicated. He is now employed at a prestigious mechanical engineering company, and he is making significant contributions to the field of elevator engineering. The client is now getting married, and we are helping him bring his soon-to-be wife to the United States.



With a well-planned approach, numerous professionals can secure a green card via the EB-2 NIW Visa. This case study highlights how talented individuals in STEM fields can successfully obtain an EB-2 NIW, opening doors to employment opportunities in the United States. If your background aligns with these areas of expertise, you could be a strong candidate for an EB-2 NIW. Consult with our immigration attorney to explore your options in greater detail.

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