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NIW (National Interest Waiver) belongs to the Employment-Based Second Preference (EB-2) category, which is a special category of U.S. employment immigration. The traditional EB-2 category requires a job invitation from an employer, labor certification processing, and submission of the application by the employer. However, the U.S. government, considering national interest, has exempted the lengthy process of job invitation and labor certification for foreign individuals who have the ability to contribute to the national interest of the United States. These individuals can independently apply to the immigration agency.

The NIW is a pathway to obtaining a green card in the United States. It has several advantages over other employment-based visa programs. Here are some of the benefits:

*No strict requirements on age, language proficiency, or assets.
*No need to apply for a labor certification or have employer sponsorship.
*One person can apply, and the entire family can obtain green cards.
*Lower processing standards, making it easier to obtain approval.