Got my approval for National Interest Waiver - here is how it worked

indiandude1

Registered Users (C)
Filed I-140 electronically on March 14.

Approved April 16.

No lawyer used.

No requests for evidence.

Used a do it yourself kit for general guidance (greencardapply - paid about $80). Also looked at the bestchinesehelp website.

Cover letter - 19 pages with 2-3 figures and a decent amount of technical explanation (in layman's terms).
Exhibits - 100+
8 letters of support.

Ph. D. Electrical Engineering.
16 papers (10 first author).
Included citation records (and selected papers - have over 200 citations), and overall h-index statistics.
Reviewer for NSF and DOE.


I had to use a USPS flat rate medium box to mail this stuff (has to be there within 7 working days of electronic filing).

Stuff I discovered at the last moment - you need to punch the top of your documents at two places (IIRC) and tag the bottom (this is hidden as a desirable on USCIS website). I tagged it every 10 exhibits, and lots of people on other sites said it was important if you have a large submission (it is important not to piss them off).

I found enough law references to include them (to guide the reviewer). These include references to the NYSDOT case as well as various Senate bills.

Took me a week to write the letter (every night). Went through multiple edits and having just looked at it, it still contains multiple half sentences (where I did not finish the thought). Its personally embarrassing since I pride myself on the correctness of my prose. Still, it worked. Make sure you proof read it, and not in a rush - read it a few days after you stop writing.

I can provide the outline of the letter if anyone is interested. A lot of people here helped me during the preparation - so it is my way of saying thanks.

One thing - electronic filing takes you to Texas Service Center - which is known to be better from an RFP standpoint.

I am in the sixth year of my H-1B, so whew, a weight off my mind. Almost makes me wonder if I should have gone for the extraordinary ability classification. Still, I can at least now extend my H-1B status indefinitely.
 
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milkweed

New Member
Congratulations

Congratulations! Can you please post an outline of your cover letter. This will be very helpful. Thanks in advance,
 

dollar500

Registered Users (C)
congratulations. Hey I am writing my cover letter curently. The DIY package I am using does not refer anything to the laws. Can you please give me your cover letter outline. I would really appreciate it.

rendezra at yahoo.com
 

baikal3

Registered Users (C)
Filed I-140 electronically on March 14.

Approved April 16.

No lawyer used.

No requests for evidence.

Used a do it yourself kit for general guidance (greencardapply - paid about $80). Also looked at the bestchinesehelp website.

Cover letter - 19 pages with 2-3 figures and a decent amount of technical explanation (in layman's terms).
Exhibits - 100+
8 letters of support.

Ph. D. Electrical Engineering.
16 papers (10 first author).
Included citation records (and selected papers - have over 200 citations), and overall h-index statistics.
Reviewer for NSF and DOE.


I had to use a USPS flat rate medium box to mail this stuff (has to be there within 7 working days of electronic filing).

Stuff I discovered at the last moment - you need to punch the top of your documents at two places (IIRC) and tag the bottom (this is hidden as a desirable on USCIS website). I tagged it every 10 exhibits, and lots of people on other sites said it was important if you have a large submission (it is important not to piss them off).

I found enough law references to include them (to guide the reviewer). These include references to the NYSDOT case as well as various Senate bills.

Took me a week to write the letter (every night). Went through multiple edits and having just looked at it, it still contains multiple half sentences (where I did not finish the thought). Its personally embarrassing since I pride myself on the correctness of my prose. Still, it worked. Make sure you proof read it, and not in a rush - read it a few days after you stop writing.

I can provide the outline of the letter if anyone is interested. A lot of people here helped me during the preparation - so it is my way of saying thanks.

One thing - electronic filing takes you to Texas Service Center - which is known to be better from an RFP standpoint.

I am in the sixth year of my H-1B, so whew, a weight off my mind. Almost makes me wonder if I should have gone for the extraordinary ability classification. Still, I can at least now extend my H-1B status indefinitely.

Congratulations! It sounds to me that you have a fairly solid case for EB1-EA. If you are from India (which I assume to be the case based on your username), I think it is still a good idea for you to apply for EB1-EA, since the EB1 category is current in the visa bulletin for all countries, including India and China. By contrast EB2 (which is what you'd have to use with NIW) has priority date Sept 2005 for India at the moment.
 

howandwhy

New Member
congratulations. I am in the process of writing my cover letter for NIW petition curently. The DIY package I am using does not refer anything to the laws. Can you please give me your cover letter outline. I would really appreciate your help in this regard.
Thanks
my email: subarao007@gmail.com, howandwhy@gmail.com
 

Stanley Hermosillo

Registered Users (C)
I would love to know what was behind your reasoning for going through this process without an attorney. I ask because I have a friend who will soon be going through this same process, and he is dead set on doing it with the help of a lawyer. Any insight you can give me into your process would be much appreciated!
 

palciparum

Registered Users (C)
I would love to know what was behind your reasoning for going through this process without an attorney. I ask because I have a friend who will soon be going through this same process, and he is dead set on doing it with the help of a lawyer. Any insight you can give me into your process would be much appreciated!

Can you guid eme too and give me a outline of your letter.

palciparum@yahoo.com

palciparum at yahoo.com
 

Dude1976

New Member
Awesome. Well done.

Could you kindly send me a copy of your cover letter? That will be highly appreciated.

I'd also like to know how you tagged all your evidence in the box you mailed down to USCIS. Thanks.

air4osa@yahoo.com
 

2nirsv

Registered Users (C)
great job. My case is not as strong as yours (with respect to citations) and experience..bt most certainly you have provided confidence in working this out by ourselves..!! my employers have started acting cunning trying to put me (phd with about 20 papers (6 journals + 14 peer reviewed conf), 18 first author, 1 patent, 15 conf presentations, written stuff in manuals etc) in eb3..cant stand it ...i have to fight to get into eb2 ..what a shame..atleast wanna pass this lab cert...and get in line for the i-485 for sure !

could you send me a copy to me as well to ved.san@gmail.com. Thanks and Many congratulations buddy!
 

sssrgg

New Member
Congratulations, I am so happy to know your success.

I am also preparing for EB2 NIW, May I ask you some help? I would appreciate if you could send me a copy of your guideline at sssrgg@yahoo.com. Thank you
 

faraleena

New Member
Congrats Indian dude.
I am in the process of writing my cover letter for NIW petition curently. Would you please provide me your cover letter outline, if possible. I would really appreciate your help in this regard. It will be helpful if you send the CL outline via my email: faraleena2002@yahoo.com.
Thanks
 

abushif

New Member
Congratulations. You have impressive credentials.
I have only 12 citations. Do you think I will have a chance for NIW. Would you please send me your cover letter as I am in the process of preparing my application. My email: dereje_sh@yahoo.com.
Thank you for your help.
 

scutelnicu

New Member
applied for NIW and received NOID

Hi!

I would like a copy of your cover letter (my e-mail address is gina_scutelnicu@yahoo.com).

I applied for NIW as a Government Specialist with a focus in urban management. I have a MA degree and I am about to defend my dissertation at a US institution. I have only a few publications but have other awards and achivements. I used an attorney and I am not pleased with how he handled my case so far so, I decided to respond to this on my own. I am particularly interested to see how you demonstrated that you are way better than your peers.

Thanks a lot!
 
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