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EB-1A and National Interest Waiver (NIW) Visas

For Extraordinary Abilities in Science, Arts, & More

EB-1A Green Card


To qualify for an EB-1A green card, you must be able to demonstrate extraordinary ability in one of the following fields: science, arts, education, business, or athletics.

In addition, you must possess a certain level of expertise in your field, which indicates that you are one of the few people who have risen to the top of your field, and your professional achievements must be recognized nationally and internationally.

Eb-1A is rarely affected by employment-based immigration. At present, for applicants born in mainland China, among the first three priority categories of employment-based immigration, only the first category has sufficient quotas, the trial time is short, and can be expedited.

Applicant Guidelines

Applicants must meet any three of the following ten criteria stipulated in the immigration law:

  • Nationally or Internationally Awarded
  • Invited Membership
  • Published Material About You
  • Judging or Review
  • Original Contributions to Your Field
  • Scholarly Articles
  • Exhibitions or Showcases
  • Leading and/or Critial Roles in Your Field
  • High Salary
  • Commercially Recognized Success

Springdale Law Group has helped represent many successful EB-1A applicants and expedited the process, read our success stories below!


National Interest Waiver



National Interest Waiver (NIW) is a special case of EB2, the second priority of employment-based immigration in US immigration law.

In the normal second-priority application for employment-based immigration, the applicant not only needs a US employer, but also a commitment from the US employer to provide a permanent job, and the employer applies for labor certification to the Ministry of Labor. To qualify for an EB-2 NIW Green Card, you must pass (1) the general EB-2 eligibility test and (2) the National Interest Waiver test.

The terms of the US immigration law on NIW applications are very abstract and general, and they are only general statements in the immigration law. The immigration law has not given clear regulations on how to measure whether foreigners meet national interests. Applicants usually apply with the help of professional immigration lawyers.

See how Springdale Law has helped NIW applicants with representation and prove invaluable credentials on their behalf:

General EB-2 Eligibility Test

Applicants must meet any one of the following 2 critera:

  • You have an advanced degree (Master’s or equivalent and above) or a Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of work experience.
  • You have demonstrated an extraordinary ability in your field.

National Interest Waiver Test

After passing the general EB-2 test, you must meetĀ all three elementsĀ of the national interest waiver test:

  • Your proposed work has substantial value and national importance
  • Your ability to perform the proposed work has been reviewed
  • When all factors are balanced, it is in the national interest of the United States to grant you a waiver of regular employment and labor certification requirements.

Have questions about EB-1A and NIW Green Cards? Contact Springdale Law Firm.