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National Interest Waivers

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.



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

1. The applicant must be seeking employment in an area of substantial intrinsic merit. In other words, applicants must prove
    that there is something inherently beneficial about the work they propose to do in the United States.

2. The proposed benefit of the employment should be national in scope (i.e., beneficial to the entire nation).

3. The applicant must show that the national interest would be adversely affected if a labor certification were required.

Our History

Dunn Law Firm, LLP has substantial experience filing National Interest Waiver petitions on behalf of qualified professionals from across the United States and throughout the world.  Despite the strict requirements and intense scrutiny afforded to National Interest Waiver cases by USCIS, our firm has had extraordinary success in obtaining approvals for professionals in a plethora of fields, including physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, materials science, engineering, genetics, aerospace and sociology.  Potential clients can rest assured that we will only accept their National Interest Waiver case if we feel confident that it is likely to be approved.  In the event that we determine that the National Interest Waiver is not a viable option, we will work with you to determine alternatives for obtaining your permanent residence that have a higher probability of success.

Thomas J. Arkell

Logo for attorney profile2014Attorney Thomas J. Arkell is a partner in the law firm of Dunn Law Firm, LLP in Bloomington, Illinois.  Founded in 1915, Dunn Law Firm is a well-respected firm located within a 2.5 hour drive from Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; and St. Louis, Missouri.  Educated at the University of Notre Dame and licensed to practice law for over a decade, Mr. Arkell has extensive expertise in filing National Interest Waiver (NIW) immigrant visa petitions for college and university faculty, researchers and other scientists in a wide variety of professional disciplines. 

Mr. Arkell has successfully filed NIW petitions for individuals throughout the United States including professors, researchers and scientists employed by select universities including:

Baylor University

University of California

Brookhaven National Lab

University of California, Los Angeles

Georgia Institute of Technology

University of California, San Diego

Harvard Medical School

University of Chicago

Harvard University

University of Illinois at Chicago

Illinois State University

University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

Illinois Wesleyan University

University of Louisiana

Johns Hopkins University

University of Michigan

Loma Linda University Medical School

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Mayo Clinic

University of Notre Dame

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

University of North Carolina

North Carolina State University

University of Nebraska

Northwestern University

University of Oklahoma

Penn State University

University of South Dakota

Purdue University

University of Texas at Arlington

Rutgers University

University of Texas at Dallas

Southern Illinois University

University of Texas Southwest Medical Center at Dallas

Southern Illinois University - School of Medicine

University of Utah

University of Alaska

University of Washington

University of Alaska - Anchorage

Washington University at Saint Louis

University of Alaska - Fairbanks

Yale University

Please feel free to browse our NIW approvals and you will find that Dunn Law Firm, LLP has submitted and obtained approvals from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for a variety of professionals in a wide range of fields and specialties. 

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