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:
- Demonstrate extraordinary ability in science, art, business, or athletics, OR
- 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!
EB1-A and EB-2 NIW: FAQs
- What jobs qualify under EB1-A?
- Anyone with extraordinary ability in sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics may qualify.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!