08 Jul 2021

Overview of COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and National Interest Exceptions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, foreign nationals traveling to the United States from certain countries have been subject to travel restrictions based on several presidential proclamations. The presidential proclamations currently in effect suspend entry to the United States of certain individuals who were present in...

11 Mar 2019

Could I qualify for an EB2 national interest waiver (NIW) based on having a doctorate in management?

Answer A person can self-petition for an NIW based on the performance of work that substantially benefits the national interests of the United States. A doctorate, in and of itself, normally would not make one eligible. (11.Mar.2019)In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and other...

04 May 2016

Adoption of AAO Decision Clarifies Eligibility of Specialists for Physician NIWs

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has adopted a decision of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) addressing the requirements for medical specialists seeking a physician-specific national interest waiver (NIW). This solidifies a long-standing practice by the USCIS, which allows all physicians, both primary care...

18 Dec 2014

Few Timelines Yet Available for President’s Executive Actions

Immediately following President Obama's November 20, 2014 announcement of his executive actions related to immigration reform, the Murthy Law Firm began to receive queries asking when the changes would go into effect. While the timeline on immigration benefits for undocumented aliens has been fairly well...

21 Nov 2014

President’s Executive Actions for U.S. Businesses and Highly Skilled Workers

President Barack Obama addressed the nation on November 20, 2014, in a televised speech to outline his proposed changes to immigration policies through executive action. These changes are part of a multi-pronged effort by the White House to make needed improvements by executive action to...

20 Mar 2012

National Interest Waiver FAQs

Question 1. I want to file a petition for National Interest Waiver based on an acute shortage of people with my particular professional skills in the United States. Is this possible?The USCIS has strict guidelines regarding who qualifies for an NIW. These guidelines state clearly...