EB-2 NIW Expert Opinion Letter & EB-2 NIW Professional Plan

To reduce the chances of getting an EB-2 NIW RFE or in response to an NIW RFE, an EB-2 NIW Professional Plan and/or an EB-2 NIW Expert Opinion Letter can be crucial documents that can be used as evidence to address USCIS agents' interpretation of EB-2 NIW requirements for exceptional ability and national interest waiver requirements.


Because these documents can influence whether a petition is approved or denied, ProfVal's team and the distinguished experts we work with craft highly customized professional plans and/or Expert Opinion Letters that focus on the credentials of each client, along with their unique contributions to the United States. Each professional plan and/or Expert Opinion Letter is built upon ProfVal's solid Ph.D.-level research foundation.

Given the importance of these documents, you deserve a customized Professional Plan and an Expert Opinion Letter that is based on ProfVal's approach.

An overview of ProfVal's EB-2 NIW services

EB-2 NIW Professional Plan 

A detailed and customized research document that describes your proposed endeavor, how your credentials position you to succeed, and its national importance. See a rubric here.

EB-2 NIW Expert Opinion Letter

Following the prongs of Dhanasar (2016), ProfVal works with distinguished experts to craft customized EB-2 NIW Expert Opinion Letters for candidates who have met our qualification criteria.

Other services

Clients may need academic transcript evaluations for degrees earned outside of the U.S. or may request that our team review support letters provided by references.

Built from successful petitions*

"Mr. D's I-140 National Interest waiver was approved.  I appreciate the work you did and want your team to know that ProfVal's expert opinion letters and professional plan assistance was instrumental in obtaining approval."

Email from Attorney Mr. Andy Strickland, ESQ, an attorney with a record of successfully representing clients in immigration issues.

*ProfVal's prior successes do not guarantee your success.

What is an EB-2 NIW visa and how does a Professional Plan and/or Expert Opinion Letter from ProfVal add value?


Denis, Chief Financial Officer. 

"We got an approval that you guys did the EOL. Without an RFE, straight approval!!!!"

His Expert Opinion Letter demonstrated how his academic degrees from Brazil, decades of progressive experience, recognition from peers, certifications in accounting and finance, and impressive prior successes would lead to job growth, tax revenues, improved skills for U.S. workers, and strategic financial development. 

*Past results do not guarantee future outcomes

The EB-2 visa is particularly appealing, as it is a permanent work visa based on either an advanced degree or "exceptional ability" that can either be sponsored by an employer or via self-petition.

Almost universally, ProfVal's clients are self-petitioners, which means that they are seeking to have the labor certification waived because of the importance of the petitioner's endeavor and because "it would be beneficial to the United States to waive the requirements of a job offer, and thus the labor certification” (USCIS), thus leading the the National Interest (NIW) requirement.

To assess the requirements of exceptional ability and NIW, the USCIS refers to the prescient set by the Matter of Dhanasar (AAO 2016). Following this, ProfVal's EB-2 NIW professional plan and EB-2 NIW Expert Opinion Letters are designed to achieve the following goals, though differently:

  • demonstrate that an endeavor has both substantial merit and national importance

  • establish that the petitioner is well-positioned to succeed based their exceptional ability

  • illustrate that it would, on balance, benefit for the United States to waive the requirements of a job offer and thus of a labor certification

An EB-2 NIW Professional Plan is a first-person document that provides a detailed  description of the endeavor and why it is of national importance (see a template produced by ProfVal). For a self-petitioner, the Professional Plan represents their opportunity to provide a narrative explaining their background. You may choose to use the template we have provided or work with the experienced team at ProfVal to develop your Professional Plan. Our work is based upon successful petitions supported by our team.

An EB-2 NIW Expert Opinion Letter, by contrast, is written by a distinguished expert who opines about a petitioner's credentials and on the merits of their endeavor.  

While the format and organization can vary, the sections included are: 

  • An overview of the letter

  • The expert's background and why she/he is qualified to write the letter for the specific petitioner.

  • A description of the endeavor, based on an in-depth description of the industry, why it has substantial merit, national importance, and some discussion of why the petitioner will make a difference

  • The petitioner's credentials and why they qualify the petitioner to advance the endeavor. Documents that we refer to commonly include things like:

  • An integrative analysis that combines NIW elements of the industry with the petitioner's qualifications

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Did you know?

The EB visa category was introduced as part of the bipartisan Immigration Act of 1990. Its signors understood that the U.S. becomes more successful when talented people make 

contributions here.


The approval of your visa makes the USA stronger.

Learn more about the history of the EB visa category and/or how the EB-2 NIW makes the U.S. stronger