Guidelines for EB-2 National Interest Waiver: Supporting Expert Opinion Letters

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This is a list of Does and Don'ts to consider when gathering Expert Opinion Letters in support of National Interest Waiver (NIW) petitions.

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Guidelines for EB-2 National Interest Waiver: Supporting Expert Opinion Letters

  1. 1. DOES: DON’TS:  Letters establishing that the  Letters referring to the researcher’s researcher’s work has had a measurable work in general terms without influence on the field of expertise by providing specific examples of the mentioning the researcher’s specific researcher’s contributions to the field contributions will not be given much weight  Letters referring to the researcher’s past  Letters alluding mostly to the future record of achievements as a way of benefit of the work will only hurt the projection of the future benefit to the petition U.S.  Letters demonstrating that the  Letters discussing the petitioner’s researcher’s work has had an influence ongoing research projects without on the field beyond his/her immediate demonstrating the petitioner’s influence projects. on the larger field beyond the institutions where the petitioner has worked.  Letters that only demonstrate the benefit to the researcher’s employer will not show the national impact of the researcher’s work  Letters submitted with the petition  Letters submitted with the petition that should include expert opinions of include only the testimonies of the independent researchers who came to petitioner’s past or present know the petitioner through his/her collaborators will not be given much reputation and contributions to the field weight  Letters from independent experts that
  2. 2. do not explain how the experts came to know the petitioner’s work Letters demonstrating that independent  Letters from independent experts that researchers have cited, used or merely praise the petitioner’s work otherwise relied upon the petitioner’s without providing specific details about findings. the petitioner’s accomplishments Letters coming from experts at the top of the petitioner’s field that are specific about the petitioner’s place in the field and that stress the impact of the petitioner’s discoveries. Letters discussing the petitioner’s  Letters referring to the petitioner’s patents that emphasize the significance patents without discussing how of the innovations to the field and important the petitioner’s innovations commercial usage of the patents are to his/her field of expertise or without a reference to whether the patents have already been used Letters demonstrating that the  Letters that merely state that the petitioner’s research accomplishments petitioner is a well-qualified scientist are so unusual that he/she stands out from the rest of his/her peers; cannot be replaced by any other similarly qualified scientist; and thus he/she merits the benefit of a national interest waiver.

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