Self-Sponsoring Your Green Card

Did you know you can live and work in the US without employer sponsorship? You can sponsor yourself through the EB1-A and EB-2 National Interest Waiver visas!

General requirements for self-sponsorship:

  1. Demonstrate extraordinary ability in science, art, business, or athletics, OR
  2. Have an advanced degree, OR exceptional ability sciences, arts, or business AND propose an endeavor that will advance the interests of the United States.  

Do you qualify for self-sponsorship? Read our FAQ and take the quiz below!

EB-2 national interest waiver

EB1-A and EB-2 NIW: FAQs

  1. What jobs qualify under EB1-A?
    • Anyone with extraordinary ability in sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics may qualify.
  2. What criteria must I meet for EB1-A?
     – Have proof of a one-time achievement (major internationally recognized award) OR
    – Meet 3 of the following 10 criteria

    • Receipt of recognized prizes or awards.
    • Membership in esteemed associations.
    • Media recognition.
    • Judging the work of others.
    • Major contributions to the field.
    • Authorship of scholarly articles.
    • Artistic exhibitions or showcases.
    • Leading role in distinguished organizations.
    • High salary or remuneration.
    • Commercial successes in the performing arts.
  3. What evidence can I provide for EB1-A?
    – The type of evidence varies.  We work with you to ensure that your evidence is what USCIS is looking for. 
  4. What is the National Interest Waiver (NIW)?
    • An NIW “waives” the need to have a job offer and Labor Certification from the Department of Labor.  You don’t need an employer!
  5. How can I prove my work is of national importance?
    • Show that your work can impact and benefit both your industry and the United States, e.g., by creating employment or improving US standing in a certain industry. 
  6. What are the differences between EB1-A and an EB-2 NIW?
    • EB1-A falls under 1st preference of workers, while EB-2 is 2nd preference with potential backlog.
    • EB1-A has structured requirements for one-time achievement or 3 out of 10 criteria, while EB-2 is more flexible.  The EB-2 NIW is a great option for entrepreneurs.  

Remember, consulting an experienced attorney can help you determine which visa category is the right fit for you!