The National Interest Waiver classification allows foreign nationals to come to the U.S. to work in a position that will greatly benefit the United States. Although the jobs that qualify for a national interest waiver are not defined by statute, national interest waivers are usually granted to those who have exceptional ability and whose employment in the United States would greatly benefit that nation. This includes those who would improve the United States economy, wages and working conditions, education, health care, and more. At Tsang & Associates, our attorneys will assess your circumstances and assist you in meeting the requirements. Consultations are free and we look forward to speaking with you.


We will prepare an attorney cover letter along with all forms and supporting documents for the NIW petition, including:

  • Working Plan
  • Business Plan
  • Interview Preparation

In short, we provide a start to finish service. Your case is safe with us until the case is complete. 


Legal Fee $5,000 - $50,000

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*Legal Fees vary based on complexity of each case, and the above quoted price represents the amount we charge for a typical case. 



  1. Applicant's proposed employment is in an area of substantial intrinsic merit;
  2. Proposed benefit is national in scope;
  3. The national interest would be adversely affected if a labor certification were required.

National Interest:

The following are requirements to prove that the area is one of National Interest:

  1. Improving the United States economy; or
  2. Improving wages and working conditions of U.S. workers; or
  3. Improving education and training programs for U.S. children and other qualified workers; or
  4. Improving health care; or
  5. Providing more affordable housing for young and/or older poorer U.S. residents; or
  6. Improving the U.S. environment and making more productive use of natural resources; or
  7. Involving a request from an interested government agency.


  1. The labor certification requirement does not apply to National Interest Waiver, therefore total processing time for immigration cases in this preference is much shorter than is possible for the other employment-based preferences;
  2. The applicant sponsors himself/herself based upon his/her abilities, education, and experience. This means that present employment is not required.


In order to provide you with the best and most accurate consultation, we recommend that you bring as many of the following information/documents as you can to ensure a productive meeting. 

  1. Letter from your manager describing your job and its national impact
  2. Letter from you describing your job
  3. Media coverage of your job showing its national impact
  4. Letters from peers in your field describing your job and its national impact
  5. Evidence of grants that you have received 
  6. Evidence that what your company provides is being used by the public and other companies (contracts, articles, etc.)