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EB-2 National Interest Waiver

Each year, tens of thousands of professionals gain permanent residency through employment-based green cards like the EB-2 NIW.

Explore your EB-2 NIW options

For Employers

Hire and retain hard-to-replace international talent by sponsoring green card applications

Sponsor Employee

For Individuals

Apply for your own green card based on your background and accomplishments


Advantages of the EB-2 National Interest Waiver

Long-term Solution

The EB-2 NIW puts you or your employee on a path to obtaining permanent residency through a green card. Permanent residency enables you or your employees to live and work in the U.S. indefinitely.

Flexible criteria

Favorable towards individuals with advanced degrees, progressive work experience, or past accomplishments. Self-petition is an option in some cases.

H-1B Benefits

EB-2 approval grants individuals on H1-B status an extension. If your spouse is on H-4, an EB-2 approval can be used to apply for your spouse's H-4 work authorization.

Legalpad helps you secure an employment-based green card

Employers: We can assist with EB-2 applications for your employees with advanced degrees or exceptional ability

Advanced Degree

  • A U.S. Master's degree or higher or a foreign degree equivalent to a U.S. Master's degree.
  • Bachelor's degree plus five years of post-Bachelor's degree progressive experience

Exceptional Ability

  • Employee satisfies at least three of the six criteria of the exceptional ability criteria.

Individuals: we can assist with self-petitioning for your EB-2 with National Interest Waiver

Individuals who qualify the EB-2 may self-petition for the EB-2 with the National Interest Waiver.

  • National Importance and Substantial Merit
  • Well-positioned to succeed
  • As a whole, the petition must prove that it is beneficial for the U.S. to waive the PERM requirement

I had a great experience working with Legalpad! The Legalpad team was very professional, supportive, and a joy to work with. I would highly recommend Legalpad to any entrepreneur who is looking into getting a U.S. EB-2 NIW visa!

Liliana Nordbakk, TreBiome Inc.

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Legalpad has made my immigration journey incredibly easy and stress-free. Moving your business to the United States is challenging and it can be especially overwhelming when you have to figure out how the immigration process works from scratch. Legalpad has all the qualities of an agile and modern startup and the expertise and talent of a large firm. I had my O-1 and later my EB-2 visas approved with no issues and Legalpad did all the heavy lifting. Highly recommended.

Sofia Quintero, EnjoyHQ (Acquired by UserZoom)

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I almost fell off my chair finding out my EB-2 NIW was approved! First my O-1A, now this! Legalpad is literally the best legal tech company for startups in the U.S.

David Obasiolu, Chow420

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U.S. Permanent Residency Options for Work Visa Holders

Join us to learn about how individuals with U.S. work visas can successfully obtain the EB-1 or EB-2 NIW to gain permanent residency in the United States.