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Decoding the NIW Visa: How to address the 'Well-Positioned' requirement

Decoding the NIW Visa: How to address the 'Well-Positioned' requirement

In the intricate world of immigration, the National Interest Waiver (NIW) visa offers a distinct pathway for foreign nationals to contribute significantly to the United States while expediting their path to permanent residency. Recently, our team faced the challenge of assisting an attorney in responding to a Request for Evidence (RFE) received by his client, a professional who filed his own NIW petition. At the heart of this challenge lies the need to articulate why the beneficiary is "well-positioned" to advance the proposed endeavor. This case study delves into the definition of "well-positioned" in the context of NIW visas and outlines our strategic approach to address this crucial aspect.

Defining "Well-Positioned": To comprehend the crux of the challenge, it's essential to decipher what being "well-positioned" means in the context of the National Interest Waiver (NIW). In essence, this term encapsulates the applicant's ability to demonstrate a strategic advantage or favorable circumstances that make them a valuable asset to the United States. It involves showcasing not only the individual's qualifications but also the specific actions or steps they have taken to advance the proposed endeavor.

The USCIS is looking for specific details of the beneficiary’s future plans (such as an NIW personal endeavor plan or business plan). Also, it’s key to demonstrate progress towards those plans, which may include agreements, letters of intent, or other expressions of interest in the proposed endeavor. This may include prospective clients, investors, customers, business or philanthropic organizations, or other relevant entities.

The RFE Challenge: The RFE articulates three critical components demanding comprehensive documentation: qualifications, support, and commitment. It requires a detailed account of the client's skills, experience, financial backing, and commitment to driving their proposed endeavor forward. Central to the RFE is the concept of being "well-positioned," and our task is to unravel this term in a way that not only satisfies the legal requirements but also showcases the client's true potential.

Our Strategic Approach: Crafting a NIW Business Plan: Recognizing the complexity of the challenge, our team is poised to construct a robust NIW business plan. This document will not only narrate the client's background but will also serve as a meticulously researched narrative outlining the applicant's plans in the U.S. The goal is to answer the questions of what, when, and how, providing a clear roadmap for the proposed endeavor.

Addressing the "Well-Positioned" Challenge:

1. Client's Background: Commencing with a comprehensive overview, we will highlight the client's qualifications, skills, experience, and track record. This section lays the foundation, establishing the client's credibility in their field.

2. Detailed Plans: The core of the business plan will be a detailed exposition of the client's plans in the U.S. Leaving no stone unturned, we will outline the specifics of what the client intends to do, when they plan to execute it, and the step-by-step approach they will adopt.

3. Financial Information: To address the "support" component, our team will meticulously compile financial data demonstrating the petitioner's ability to sustain their endeavor. This includes current financial standing, projections, and evidence of financial backing or interest from potential investors.

4. National Importance: To underscore the client's national importance, we will incorporate thorough data supporting the idea that their presence in the U.S. is not only beneficial for their individual success but also aligns with broader local, state and national interests.

In unraveling the complexities of the NIW visa process, a central theme emerges — being "well-positioned." By comprehensively defining this term and strategically addressing it in the NIW business plan, our team aims not only to meet the legal requirements but also to vividly illustrate the client's potential contributions to the U.S. This case study details our approach to navigate this challenge, providing a roadmap for those embarking on the NIW visa application process.


The information provided in this blog is intended solely for informational purposes. While we strive to offer accurate and up-to-date content, it should not be considered legal advice. Immigration laws and regulations are subject to change, and individual circumstances can vary widely. For personalized guidance and legal advice regarding your specific immigration situation, we strongly recommend consulting with a qualified immigration attorney who can provide you with tailored assistance and ensure compliance with current laws and regulations.


Visa Business Plans is led by Marco Scanu, a certified coach from the University of Miami with a globally-based practice coaching Fortune 1000 company executives, entrepreneurs, as well as professionals in four different continents. Mr. Scanu advises clients on turnaround strategies and crisis management.

Mr. Scanu received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Cum Laude) from the University of Florida and an MBA in Management from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Mr. Scanu was also a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University under the prestigious H. Humphrey Fellowship (Fulbright program) with a focus on Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and high-growth enterprises.

At present, Mr. Scanu is the managing partner and CEO at Visa Business Plans, a Miami-based boutique consulting firm providing attorneys and investors with business planning services in the areas of U.S. and Canadian immigration, SBA loans, and others.


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