EB-2 NIW Expert Opinion Letters

Expert Opinion Letters - EB-2 NIW

An EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) Expert Opinion Letter (EOL) from ProfVal is a highly customized analysis from distinguished expert in a field consistent with your background and proposed endeavor. 

What is an EB-2 NIW Expert Opinion Letter from ProfVal?

The EB-2 visa is particularly interesting, 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. When an individual self-petitions and does not have a job offer, they must establish that it is in the best interest of the United States to approve their visa, thus leading the the National Interest (NIW) requirement. 

Almost universally, ProfVal's clients are self-petitioners, thus requiring a NIW analysis. 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).

An EB-2 NIW Expert Opinion Letter thus has multiple goals, including demonstrating whether:​

  • a petitioner's proposed endeavor has both substantial merit and national importance

  • the petitioner is well-positioned to succeed in their endeavor based their exceptional ability

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


The interpretation of these criteria are aligned to Dhanasar (2016), an important legal case that provided the USCIS with guidance in terms of how national interest can be determined. Accordingly, an EB-2 NIW Expert Opinion Letter focuses on both a petitioner’s  exceptional ability and, more importantly, how their endeavor meets the criteria for national interest.

How are ProfVal's letters different?

Attorneys prefer ProfVal because they appreciate the quality and customization of our letters. Recently, an attorney wrote:


"I refused to order any more EOLs from this other business and we finally found you!"

Put simply, some companies compete on price. We compete on quality. If it's worth doing, it should be done right.

Other EB Letters

Some clients who apply for EB-2 NIW visas also apply for the EB-1 visa, which you can learn more about here.

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.


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. 

Learn about the EB class of visas

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