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EB-2 NIW Expert Opinion Letters
& EB-2 NIW Professional Plans

The EB-2 NIW is a visa category that can enable self-sponsored professionals to qualify for green cards. In this endeavor, a petitioner must demonstrate that they meet the requirements for both 1) Exceptional ability OR advanced degree and 2) National Interest Waiver (NIW) requirements.

Many types of professionals can, with the right experience and endeavor, qualify for EB-2 NIW.

In this work, ProfVal's role is a supportive one.  Immigration attorneys complete the complex legal work related to EB-2 NIW petitions. ProfVal supports the work of immigration attorneys by providing crucial EB-2 NIW support documents needed for an initial EB-2 NIW petition, an EB-2 NIW RFE, or an EB-2 NIW denial.

  • EB-2 NIW Professional Plan or Business Plan

  • EB-2 NIW Expert Opinion Letter

  • EB-2 NIW Resume


Because these documents can influence whether a petition is approved or denied, ProfVal's team and the distinguished experts we collaborate with craft highly customized documents that focus on the credentials of each client, along with the substantial merit and national importance contributions that they make on behalf of 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.

*Remember, no one at ProfVal is an attorney. Because we cannot provide legal advice, we would be happy to refer you to an attorney we trust for free. 

EB-2 NIW Professional Plans and Business Plans

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

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.

Career Services and Academic Transcript Evaluations

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. Resume and career services can help you find your dream job or develop a market approach.

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 immigration attorney

Our most popular EB-2 NIW services

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

Dig deeper: What is an EB-2 NIW visa and how does ProfVal add value?

Success: ​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.

The United States can benefit from the contributions of professionals in a wide range of areas. Our team has worked with experts in a wide range of areas. Some interesting examples have included:

  • Doctors and nurses who saved lives during COVID

  • Pilots who enable the success of airlines and supply chain companies

  • Entrepreneurs who have started new businesses

We have worked with pilots, doctors, dentists, nurses, entrepreneurs, engineers, business professionals (accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, etc.), statisticians, authors, artists, actors and movie producers, musicians, research scientists, academics and teachers, and clients in a variety of different areas. 

The common theme that weaves through all of our clients is that each person has an engaging story about how they succeeded in their industry or industries. They are, as the EB-2 NIW visa requires, truly exceptional. We help to tell their professional stories in language that we believe is truthful, accessible, and relatable to USCIS agents.

To assess the requirements of exceptional ability and NIW, USCIS agents refer to the precedent established by the Matter of Dhanasar (AAO 2016). Following Dhanasar, ProfVal's EB-2 NIW professional plans, business plans, and EB-2 NIW Expert Opinion Letters are designed to achieve the following goals, though differently depending the service:

  • 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 Expert Opinion Letter is authord 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 using our customized approach, why it has substantial merit, national importance, and some discussion of why the petitioner will make a difference. If a NAICS code is provided, we use proprietary data.

  • 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 describes the substantial merit and national importance of your endeavor


An EB-2 NIW Professional Plan is a first-person narrative that provides a detailed  description of the endeavor and why it is of national importance (see a guide produced by ProfVal). For a self-petitioner, the Professional Plan represents their opportunity to explain their background as it relates to the EB-2 NIW. You may choose to use the guide we have provided or, for a fee, 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 Business Plan from ProfVal describes your business proposal using a proprietary approach aligned to EB-2 NIW requirements. Sections typically include: executive summary, company description, company ownership, description of the product or services, a proprietary market analysis, an analysis of the market segments addressed, NIW analysis, competitive edge, marketing summary, management summary (with an emphasis on your contributions), a discussion of your credentials related to the EB-2, financial projections (including a proforma financial statement and an impact assessment when appropriate).

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

EB-2 NIW Recommendation Letter Sample

Sometimes, clients ask ProfVal for EB-2 NIW Recommendation letter sample, EB-2 NIW Reference Letter, or an EB-2 NIW Support letter.  While these refer to one type of important document, this document is not the same as an EB-2 NIW Expert Opinion Letter.

  • How is it different?  An EB-2 NIW Expert Opinion Letter from ProfVal is a distinguished expert's in-depth opinion regarding your credentials and the importance of your endeavor. It is an assessment, not a recommendation. We take a number of steps to ensure that our letters are authentic representations of experts' views, including that the expert either does not personally know you or will clearly state their connection to you if they are acquainted with you through chance.

  • What is an EB-2 NIW support letter or recommendation letter?  A support letter or recommendation letter, however, is from someone who knows you personally.  We provide this free support letter template to guide your efforts.  After you use this template, our team can suggest edits or the type of content that you may wish to include.

If you need help with your Expert Opinion Letter or would like ProfVal to review your support letter(s), please fill out our client contact form.

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