NIW Services We Provide

Applying for a National Interest Waiver (NIW) is a complicated process. Before beginning your NIW petition, an experienced Zhang & Associates attorney will first evaluate your situation and identify all of the immigration options available to you. We’ll take a look at your resume, which you can e-mail or fax to us at (713) 771-8368. Then, we’ll give you our initial advice on whether an NIW is applicable to your situation, or whether you should opt for other categories such as EB-1A, EB-1B, or labor certification for your immigration petition.

Note that you are not necessarily limited to just one type of immigrant petition. You may petition in two or more categories, provided you meet each category’s requirements.

In an NIW petition, it’s imperative to prove the national benefit applicants will provide by immigrating to America and working in their fields. The importance of strong recommendation letters and a well-drafted petition letter to support this central focus of an NIW cannot be overemphasized. The chances your NIW is approved will no doubt improve if you’re assisted by an experienced attorney.

After you retain our firm for your NIW case, our experienced attorneys will regularly communicate with you and work closely with your recommenders throughout the whole process. For your NIW petition, we will:

  1. Provide sample recommendation letters applicable to your field to use as a reference for the initial drafts of your letters;

  2. Advise you on legal protocol when collecting letters of recommendation;

  3. Review and edit your letters of recommendation to improve their persuasive value and tailor them to you specific situation;

  4. Work with you to revise and finalize letters of recommendation;

  5. Guide you on legal procedures for collecting all documents and information necessary for your NIW petition, adhering to the most recent USCIS decisions and guidelines;

  6. Organize all required documentation for your NIW petition;

  7. Draft a petition letter explaining how the evidence proves you should be granted an NIW, and provide you with a copy for your review before filing;

  8. Submit the completed NIW petition materials to the proper USCIS Service Center upon your approval; and

  9. Communicate with USCIS to check on the status of your pending case and respond to any requests for additional information.

If USCIS makes a request for additional evidence on your pending case, we will respond and submit the additional documentation required in a timely manner. As soon as USCIS makes a final decision on your NIW application, we will inform you of the result.

The NIW process is complex and, at times, a bit convoluted. We recommend that you seek the assistance of experienced immigration attorneys. Over the past two decades, we have successfully represented thousands of clients in their NIW cases. If you would like to contact us, please call us at (713) 771-8433 or visit us at one of our seven locations. You can also send us an e-mail at Our superior attorneys will ensure that you receive only the highest quality of service.

Read the USCIS ruling (Matter of Dhanasar) governing NIW here. And for more detailed information about the National Interest Waiver, including minimum requirements and USCIS policies, please click on the relevant links on this page:

Updated 03/23/17