The Criteria for Exceptional Ability
Which Is Required by the EB2 National Interest Waiver Petition

Dr. William:

I want to apply for the EB2 National Interest Waiver self-petition, What are the criteria for the Exceptional Ability which is required by the NIW application? 


For NIW petition, In order to be qualified for the classification of “Alien of Exceptional Ability”, the applicant can provide documentation in the following categories: 

  • An official academic record showing that the alien has a degree, diploma, certificate, or similar award from a college, university, school, or other institution of learning relating to the area of exceptional ability; 
  • Evidence in the form of letters from current or former employers showing that the alien has years of full-time experience in the occupation for which he or she is being sought;
  • A license to practice the profession or certification for a particular profession or occupation;
  • Evidence that the alien has commanded a salary, or other renumeration for services, which demonstrates exceptional ability; 
  • Evidence of membership in professional associations;
  • Evidence of recognition for achievements and significant contributions to the industry or field by peers, governmental entities, or professional or business organizations. 








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