EB-2 NIW Visa: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid on Your NIW Application

EB-2 NIW Visa: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid on Your NIW Application

Common Mistakes NIW Application : 4 minutes read

It probably comes as no surprise that there is a lot of pressure on applicants who are completing immigration paperwork for the United States. However, it is important to remember that in a state of pressure, common mistakes and avoidable errors can occur. 

Providing weak or insufficient evidence

Your NIW application is a critical time to show your education, skill set, value, and unique capabilitiesand your chance to show how all of that acquired knowledge and expertise could benefit the United States. Be clear, but thoroughly explain your contributions and how you have propelled some areas of your industry forward. For NIW recipients, the U. S. is looking for candidates who can propel this country forward competitively in the global landscape. Attach evidence of everything you claim to provide third-party validation and credit to your application. Submit more than you think is necessary, then work with your NIW attorney to pare down and expand where they advise as necessary. 

Not reviewing or meeting eligibility requirements

NIW applicants have very clear qualifying requirements, which sit on top of the EB2 visa recipient requirements. As a reminder, at a minimum, NIW applicants need to meet at least 3 of the following EB2 requirements:

  • Degree 

  • Diploma 

  • Certificate

  • College/university/institutions of learning award 

Failing to demonstrate your professional position and plan for success

Often, applicants look at the NIW process as their story “up until now.” However, this is a fatal flaw for your NIW application. The application is meant to be a history up until now and tell a story for the future. For example, consider an applicant who had a scientific discovery on their resume. That is an impressive feat but taking it further and painting a picture of how that could happen again or could help the U. S. gain innovative influence in your space provides a compelling and well-rounded application angle. You know that the U. S. is racing to create something in your industry–could you be key to making it happen? If you are, say so!

Spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, and typos

As with all professional paperwork, proofreading and careful script is crucial. Spelling errors and typos hint towards carelessness or laziness for details. These are not characteristics you want to convey through your NIW application. Check every section, make sure the boxes are complete, and sign where necessary. Answer questions fully and provide evidence where alluded to. There are common but simple mistakes that you can fix with a thorough eye. If you are working with an immigration attorney for your NIW application, review it in detail with them. Two or three sets of eyes are better than one.

Not providing further information when asked

Occasionally, USCIS requests further information or evidence on an applicant. This happens in all visa types and certainly happens for NIW applications as well. If you or your attorney receive a Request for Evidence (RFE) notice, be sure to provide the requested information promptly and completely. NIW attorneys can advise you on the best way to do this, and they will often offer suggestions on types of evidence you can provide for specific needs. 

The NIW is a comprehensive CV of your professional accomplishments and capabilities. Do not underestimate the value of a well-done application–it could make or break your ability to secure NIW status.

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