USA EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) Visa: The Proof is in the Processing

The United States remains a desirable destination for professionals who are looking to immigrate and invest in their…

EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) Visa

The United States remains a desirable destination for professionals who are looking to immigrate and invest in their future. There are several ways to turn that desire into reality, including the EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) Visa. While the USA’s EB-5 Visa has received much more attention in recent years (not all of it wanted), the EB-2 NIW Visa is far superior in most regards, including in its speed of processing.

When choosing to move to and open a business in a new country, being left in limbo while awaiting a decision on a visa application is both frustrating and unnerving. Fortunately, the use of premium processing with Empowered Startups’ EB-2 NIW Startup Investor program eliminates the uncertainty that all too often accompanies the EB-5 Visa process. By using premium processing, EB-2 NIW Startup Investor applicants know the status of their submission within 45 days of it being received by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In fact, the response from USCIS often comes much faster than that benchmark, as proven by one of our recently approved candidates from Vietnam.

Our client came to Empowered Startups with an accomplished business background and clearly warranted entry to the US without jumping through all the EB-5 hoops. After working with Empowered Startups to complete all necessary requirements for her EB-2 NIW Visa application, she submitted her comprehensive package with the confidence she would receive a response within 45 days. Our client didn’t have to wait nearly that long; she was notified in 7 days.   

As is often the case with NIW applications, USCIS’s first response is typically to ask a few further questions about the research project and commercialization plan submitted. This is one of the filtering techniques they seem to use routinely and another place where Empowered Startups fits critically into the process. USCIS did that in this case also, and after receiving our detailed responses to those questions, approved the file in an additional 6 days.

In a nutshell, one initial comprehensive application package, one submission responding to a few questions about the application, total processing time by USCIS: 13 days.

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No waiting around, no phone calls to automated systems, no uncertainty in finding out the status of her visa application. With Empowered Startups and the EB-2 NIW Startup Investor program, our client experienced the professionalism, support and efficiency that an entrepreneur should expect when embarking on an exciting journey in a new country.

Premium processing and the peace of mind that comes with it is just one of the many advantages the EB-2 NIW Startup Investor program has over the turbulent EB-5 Visa program. To learn more about those advantages and the EB-2 NIW Startup Investor program, visit