When you are self-petitioning for a national interest waiver, you will want to make sure that you send your case to the correct USCIS service center or lockbox. The EB2 NIW processing times can be long because of the backlog that has been exacerbated by COVID-19.
When trying to obtain a national interest waiver, you will also be paying a high filing fee for the Form I-140. Therefore, it would be in your best interest to make you that you find the address to mail your form I-140.
Where do you find the filing address for the EB-2 NIW?
One easy place to find the filing addresses for the Form I-140, or for many USCIS forms, is to go to uscis.gov and click on “Forms.” Once on that page, foreign nationals or their immigration lawyers can click on “Filing Guidance,” then “Where to File,” and a list of types of forms will appear.
After clicking on the hyperlink for Form I-140, a variety of addresses will be shown on the subsequent page. Because of the lengthy EB2 NIW processing times, since there is no premium processing currently offered, many candidates chose the addresses in the first section, “Filing I-140 by itself.” However, there are different addresses for concurrent filing with adjustment of status forms and documents.
Which of the address choices should I pick for mailing my EB2 NIW case?
In addition to deciding whether to file the national interest waiver case by itself, or filing it concurrently with AOS documents, a foreign national should consider several other factors.
Those who wish to pay their filing fee with a credit card would need to send their EB2 NIW forms and supporting evidence to a USCIS lockbox. Additionally, the address to mail the immigration case using the U.S. Postal Service differs from the one for using an alternative shipping method.
You can always Ask Emma.
If you would like to ask a question on uscis.gov, you can type key words into the search bar. Ask Emma is the chat bot that might be able to provide an answer or point you in the right direction.
Of course, if you are working with a green card lawyer on your EB-2 NIW case, your immigration attorney can mail your national interest waiver package to USCIS for you. Then you can get your forms and evidence to the correct service center, and the EB-2 NIW processing time can begin.