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Quiz: Do You Qualify for an NIW (National Interest Waiver) Visa?

Quiz: Do You Qualify for an NIW (National Interest Waiver) Visa?

Are you considering applying for a U.S. visa under the National Interest Waiver (NIW) category? This quiz will help you understand if you might qualify by highlighting key eligibility criteria. An NIW allows certain individuals to bypass the traditional labor certification process due to their work's significant benefit to the United States. Take this quiz to see if you might be a good candidate!

Question 1: Area of Expertise

Do you have skills and abilities in a field of science, arts, or business?

A) Yes, I work in a critical field.

B) I'm not sure if my field qualifies.

C) No, my work does not significantly impact these areas.

Question 2: Recognition and Achievements

Have you received national or international recognition for your contributions to your field?

A) Yes, I have received multiple awards and recognitions.

B) I have some local or regional recognition.

C) No, I have not received any recognition.

Question 3: Impact of Your Work

Can you demonstrate that your work has a significant impact, with substantial intrinsic merit in your field?

A) Yes, my work has had a major impact.

B) My work has had some impact, but it's not widely recognized.

C) It's difficult to show any significant impact from my work.

Question 4: Influence on Your Field

Is your work likely to influence your field significantly, or are you considered a leading or emerging leader in your field?

A) Yes, I am considered a leader or emerging leader.

B) I contribute to my field, but I'm not leading it.

C) I'm still gaining experience and am not influencing my field significantly.

Question 5: National Interest

Would it be beneficial for the United States to waive the usual requirements and allow you to continue your work in the U.S.?

A) Yes, my work addresses critical issues that would benefit from continued effort in the U.S.

B) Possibly, but the benefits might not be direct or immediate.

C) It is unlikely that my work would necessitate a national interest waiver.


  • Mostly A's: You are likely a strong candidate for an NIW visa! Your background and contributions strongly align with the criteria. Consider consulting with an immigration attorney for a thorough review of your case.
  • Mostly B's: You may be eligible, but you'll need to strengthen your application to highlight how your work aligns with national interests. To this end, consider consulting with a qualified immigration attorney that specializes in NIW.
  • Mostly C's: It may be challenging to qualify for an NIW visa based on your current contributions. Consider consulting with an immigration attorney to explore other visa options or ways to build your case.

How did you do?

If you scored mostly A's or B's and think an NIW might be right for you, consulting with a specialized immigration attorney can provide you with tailored advice and help streamline your application process. Remember, each NIW case is unique, and the nuances of your specific situation can significantly affect your eligibility.

And when you are close to submitting your NIW petition, remember that at Visa Business Plans, we specialize in crafting customized supporting documentation, including NIW business plans, personal plans, and impact analysis reports. Our expertly tailored documents have helped thousands of attorneys and their clients achieve successful NIW outcomes. Contact us today to see how we can help enhance your NIW application.

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.

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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.

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