The National Interest Waiver petition allows foreign nationals to bypass the cumbersome labor certification process which is ordinarily required to obtain permanent residence through the EB-2 employment-based permanent residence category.

Our Clients Say it Best

“My wife and I just received our Green Cards thanks to the outstanding work of Tom Arkell and the whole Dunn Law Firm. […] He and his staff worked with us on a daily basis, with great professionalism and competence, and were able to send our petition as quickly as promised.”

F.M., Harvard Medical School

“Tom was honest, thorough and professional […] My wife and I received our green card before I defended my PhD […] As a previous F-1 student, the relief that comes with having a green card before my PhD completion cannot be described. If you are considering filing for NIW or any immigration related petitions look no further. Every penny spent was worth it. I would do it all over again with no reservations.”

Dr. E. A., Northwestern University

“They made a hard/stressful/uncertain process seem like a walk in the park. They made me feel like the only person they had on their schedule every day. Their streamlined process is foolproof from start to finish. […] I, without hesitation and wholeheartedly, recommend Mr. Thomas Arkell for all of their immigration related services. You will never regret working with them.”

Dr. K. B. Johns Hopkins University

“There were no guarantees as to the outcome of the application, but I wanted an advocate who would do his best in pursuing my case and, more importantly, someone who is trustworthy […] I knew that Tom was the right person to take my case […] Within four and a half months after we filed, I received my green card in the mail. I am still amazed at how quick and seemingly “effortless” the whole process was.”

Dr. T. L., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“I truly believe that the time he invested on preparing my case had a great impact on my successful application. I deeply thank him and his team for all the work done.”

Dr. V.R., Harvard Medical School

“Mr. Arkell and his team made me feel very comfortable with the entire process, as well as confident that I had a strong case. […] This process has changed my life and I am very happy I found the services of Mr. Arkell. I sincerely thank the entire team.”

Dr. E. M., Northwestern University

“Their professional guidance made my whole NIW process go smoothly and beyond my initial expectations. I will definitely recommend Mr.  Arkell to my colleagues.”

Dr. S. T., University of Chicago

“Hiring Mr. Tom Arkell for my NIW and EB-1A green card petitions is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Mr. Arkell is very honest and sincere. My petition was approved in less than two months.

Dr. TJ University of Michigan


In order to qualify for the National Interest Waiver, the following three requirements must be met:

  1. The petitioner’s proposed endeavor has both substantial merit and national importance;
  2. The petitioner is well positioned to advance the proposed endeavor; and
  3. On balance, it would be beneficial to the United States to waive the job offer and labor certification requirements.

Thomas J. Arkell has successfully filed NIW petitions for many individuals throughout the United States including professors, researchers, scientists and qualified Ph.D. students employed by or studying at select universities including:

Argonne National Laboratory
Baylor University
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Georgia Institute of Technology
Harvard Medical School
Harvard University
Illinois State University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Iowa State University
Johns Hopkins University
Loma Linda University Medical School
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Mayo Clinic
Mercer University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Ohio University
Penn State University
Purdue University
Rutgers University
Stanford University
Southern Illinois University
Southern Illinois University – School of Medicine
Temple University
University of Alaska

University of Alaska – Anchorage
University of Alaska – Fairbanks
University of Arizona
University of California
University of California – Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Louisiana
University of Michigan
University of Nebraska
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
University of North Carolina
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of South Dakota
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Texas Southwest Medical Center at Dallas
University of Utah
University of Washington
Washington University at Saint Louis
Yale University

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