EB2 NIW Blog posts

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In this section I will write about key topics related to green card applications. More specifically, I will touch on important areas related to EB-2 National Interest Waiver issues, such as cost, processing time, premium processing, similarities and differences with other GC categories, specific examples of eligible profiles…

In summary, I will try to go over the things I wish I knew when I started the process of putting together my own application. I applied for my green card in 2019 with no attorneys and I had to navigate the world of USCIS with what I found online and help from friends. Now it is the time for me to share the knowledge I gained through that process.

In addition, if you have ideas for any niche you would like to learn more about, please let me know by sending us a message in the Contact page. I would love to hear your feedback.

By the way, if you are looking for a way to follow the latest news by USCIS, I can’t recommend their Twitter account enough. However, keep in mind that they are not exclusively about our favorite EB-2 NIW greencard category.

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USCIS fee increase summary table
USCIS increases all fees: the effect on EB2 NIW
We knew it since January 2023: USCIS had plans to increase processing fees all across the board. The final rule is now public and in this article we will discuss the main changes and how the fee increase affects EB2 NIW green card in particular. USCIS has tamed some of the initially proposed increases, but it is fair to say that getting a green card...
Approval rates per quarter in Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023
EB2 NIW Approval Rates are going down
USCIS has issued the data for I-140 approvals for the full Fiscal Year 2023 that ended in September 2023. The agency publishes this data on a quarterly basis and it is a good way to follow trends on percentage approvals and denials, as well as absolute numbers of approvals and denials for the different categories of green cards. This dataset includes...
EB2 NIW Success Story: Ali, securing the Internet of Things
Ali is a cybsercurity professional who recently obtained his I-140 approval towards an EB2 NIW green card. In this category, the petitioner must prove he is an advanced degree holder (or a person of extraordinary ability) and that he complies with the so-called Matter of Dhanasar. This is a three pronged test that includes detailing an endeavor for...
Premium Processing fees increase in 2024
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that Premium Processing fees will increase in 2024. This increase will take into account the inflation rate from June 2021 to June 2023, according to the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers.  https://youtu.be/MYd5neDch-c How much will Premium Processing increase? Depending...
B1B2 visa
Applying for EB2 NIW on a visitor B1/B2 visa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybOTJy6XQOs Many of my YouTube subscribers have asked me if it is a good idea to come to the United States on a visitor visa and  submit an EB2 NIW I-140 application, to then adjust their status from the B-1/B-2 visa to a green card. The answer to this question may vary depending on the specific historical moment. As...
Screenshot of Table A in January 2024 visa bulletin
EB2 dates advance in January 2024 Visa Bulletin
Good news for EB-2 (which includes EB2 NIW) in the upcoming January 2024 visa bulletin you can consult here. Dates move forward significantly and that means that applicants waiting to adjust status or complete their process from abroad using Consular Processing are getting closer to receiving their green cards. Why is January an important month? January...
Top 10 countries by number of EB2 NIW approvals in each quarter
Top 10 countries by number of EB2 NIW approvals
In my previous blog post I went over the percentage of approvals and denials in Fiscal Year 2023. Using the same data source from USCIS, it is possible to rank the countries by number of accepted and approved petitions. In this article we will look into the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2023 to understand what countries obtain the largest number of approved...
Percentage of approvals and denials by quarter
Approval rates for EB2 NIW in 2023
USCIS, the agency that deals with green card processing within the federal government, publishes statistics regularly. Unfortunately, they not always provide separate numbers for the National Interest Waiver (NIW) category, which is part of the EB-2 class. In this case, I was able to find separate approval rates for EB2 NIW and in this article I will...
Premium Processing EB2 NIW (1)
Premium Processing for EB2 NIW: Should you use it?
I have been approached by many prospective applicants for EB-2 National Interest Waiver green card with the following question: Oscar, should I pay extra and use Premium Processing for EB2 NIW? In this article I hope to dissipate some doubts regarding the use of expedited processing in the current environment. We will discuss current processing times,...
Visa Bulletin October 2023
The Visa Bulletin for October 2023 allows you to use Table B
October 2023 Visa Bulletin was released by Department of State and USCIS and it comes with some news.  On one hand, Table A (Final Action Dates) does not change much for most countries. In fact EB-2 advances only 7 days from September to October, with a date of July 8, 2023 in October. October is the first month of Fiscal Year 2024 The Fiscal...
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