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National Interest Waiver (NIW)  – Membership Editorial:

This category may cross over with the licenses category as often professionals who are required to obtain a license are also part of a professional organization. However, membership may not necessarily be enough, depending on the level of membership and the entry criteria. It is always important to remember what we are trying to prove – that you are an alien of exception ability who has the talents to advance the interests of the US.

National Interest Waiver (NIW)  – Membership Commentary:

5. Membership in a professional association(s)

Membership – Here the wording simply says ‘Membership in a professional association’, but there is a lot to unpack here. Firstly, US Immigration has not stipulated whether the alien must be a member of more than one association, thus we can infer that one membership would be sufficient.  When looking at the type of membership that US Immigration would be most persuasive, we have to look at the entry criteria for admission.

There are many associations where you may simply be required to pay a membership fee. There are memberships that start with a student member level but there are progressively higher levels of membership that might, for example end in a Fellowship or Emeritus level of membership that denotes the highest honor that organization might be able to bestow on an individual.

The level of membership US Immigration would be looking for the alien to have achieved is that which would be commensurate with one having exceptional abilities in the field. Thus, for the EB2/NIW applicant the level of membership would not necessarily need to be the highest membership available as might be the case for an EB1 application where proving extraordinary ability is the goal.

Remember, overall the aim of the EB2/NIW applicant is that they have the competency to advance the National Interests of the US as outlined in part one of this series.

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Immigration Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram

Immigration Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram

US Immigration Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram
Chris M. Ingram LL.M., ESQ – Immigration Attorney
Admitted in New York.
Practice Specializing in US Immigration Law
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[Cross Streets 4th and Wilshire]
Santa Monica,
California 90401
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