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How to Write a Recommendation Letter For a National Interest Waiver

A recommendation letter for a National Interest Waiver (NIW), also known as EB-2 NIW Recommendation Letter, can help you get an EB-2 Visa and come to the United States to live and work. But first, you need to know how it must be written and what should be included in it. Then, you’ll have a much better chance of getting a visa. 

Here’s some more information.

Why Would You Need to Request a NIW?

You would need the National Interest Waiver to show that you are exempt from the labor certification and job offer requirements when applying for an EB-2 Visa to come to the United States. Essentially, you will not need an employer to sponsor you if your NIW petition is successful. 

Requirements for the Recommendation Letter

You will qualify for a recommendation letter if you are applying for a job that requires you to have an advanced degree, and you do indeed possess this degree. You also need to show that your qualifications are unique and special and you will greatly contribute to the improvement of the U.S., whether it’s through health, technology, business, etc. The U.S. must benefit from your work (more than you benefit from being in the U.S.). 

The letter should come from someone who is in a position of authority and familiar with your work. They can’t be at the same company as you. They do not need to be in the U.S. For example, if you’re a scientist, they may be a well-renowned scientist that works at a different company than you and lives in your country. They do not need to know you personally. 

The letter should include how the person writing it knows you, their title, evidence to show how you are superior in your field, like your achievements, and how you will contribute to the improvement of the country by working here.

Sample Recommendation Letter

[Writer’s name, title, address, phone number, email]

Dear USCIS Officer,

I am writing to recommend [your name] for Permanent Residency in the United States of America under the EB-2 National Interest Waiver. 

[Introduction about the writer and their career background, including companies they’ve worked in, their education, and how long they have been in your field]

I have known [your name] for [how long]. [Information about your achievements and how you would positively contribute to the U.S. Include your career information, including companies you’ve worked at and for how long, and awards you have received].

[Conclusion as to why the writer is recommending you].

Thank you. 


[Writer’s name] 

Should You Work With an Immigration Lawyer?

An immigration lawyer can go over your recommendation letters and make sure they fit the requirements for USCIS. Then, you will have a much greater chance of receiving your waiver and getting the opportunity to live and work in the U.S. You can save time and energy by connecting with an experienced lawyer and take the burden off of your shoulders at this already stressful time. Make sure you get in touch with the Fogle Law Firm for assistance with your waiver and recommendation letters today. 

Contact The Fogle Law Firm, LLC

Need help getting an EB-2 visa and/or a national interest waiver recommendation letter? Contact immigration lawyer The Fogle Law Firm, LLC today at (704) 405-9060 to learn more, or visit our website. We are happy to assist you with all your legal immigration needs.

Excerpt: Your National Interest Waiver recommendation letter should include information about whether you are entitled to the waiver.