United States

EB2 – NIW Visa

U.S. EB2-NIW Visa

The EB2-NIW Visa is the second preference employment-based green card category that grants U. S. permanent residency to its successful applicants. It aims at attracting eminent people, who hold an advanced degree or can prove their exceptional ability in certain professions.

The program is popular due to its easily-met requirements. There is no requirement for profession, English proficiency, age or academic background. NIW also allows applicants to self-petition without an employer’s involvement and a labor certification application.

Time to permit

1-2 years

Visa-free travel

186 countries and regions

Passport rank

7th in the world

Residency requirement

No residency requirements


Tax system in USA

Established time

Program launched in 1990

Application Requirements

1. The applicants must show that their endeavor has substantial merit and national importance.

2. The applicants must be able to advance the proposed endeavor.

3. The applicants’ entry into the United States will substantially benefit the United States in the future.

Program Benefits


One of the fastest routes to obtain the U. S. permanent residency with short processing time. Premium processing can be as quick as 45 working days.


There is no requirement for investment or duration of stay in the U. S. after application.


The applicant can bring eligible dependents to the U. S., including the spouse and the children under the age of 21.


No offer of employment or labor certification is required.