On March 1, 2022, President Biden gave his first State of the Union speech. Since he was speaking about his priorities for the USA, you might look to his address for quotes that support your arguments that your endeavors have national importance when writing an EB-2 NIW national interest waiver petition.
Because there is currently no premium processing for the EB2 NIW, your petition might not be read until next year’s State of the Union address. But the statements by President Biden in 2022 would still likely be his priorities next year, as well.
National Importance of Infrastructure
President Biden stated in his speech on March 1, 2022, that currently our infrastructure is ranked 13th in the world. He also said that Americans would not be able to compete for the jobs of the 21st century if this matter was not addresses.
A national interest waiver green card candidate might argue that they can train Americans to be competitive for jobs the 21st century. Biden also mentions the term “infrastructure decade.” Since the processing time for an EB-2 NIW green card is about 18 months without premium processing, this decade mentality may keep a foreign national’s role in boosting American infrastructure still relevant a year and a half from now if this EB2 timeline continues.
National Importance of Emerging Technologies and Manufacturing
Later in the 2022 State of the Union address, President Biden discussed what was recently enacted as the Bipartisan Innovation Law (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act). In citing the reasons that it was so important to make this legislation a law, Biden raised the topics of emerging technologies and American manufacturing.
The President announced that the Act would make record investments in emerging technologies and American manufacturing. He opined that STEM workers in the United States could operate some of the most sophisticated manufacturing in the world for items that include technology that we have yet to invent. Therefore, an EB-2 NIW beneficiary might be able to argue that their role in manufacturing, automation, or patented inventions may be in the national interest of the United States.
National Importance of Sustainability and Clean Energy
President Biden also covered the topic of clean energy covered in the State of the Union address, and particularly because of the rising costs of gasoline. He opined that clean energy could cut energy costs for families at an average of $500 a year.
He suggested the use of tax credits for Americans who weatherize their homes and businesses to be energy efficient. He also suggested that car makers lower the price of electric vehicles to save families another $80.00 a month because they would never have to pay at the gas pump again.
Therefore, this section of the State of the Union speech may be quotable in an EB-2 NIW petition letter or EB-2 NIW letter of recommendation for people who work in clean energy, the automotive industry, or even economists who can analyze the costs and benefits.
Check the White House Website
In addition to the State of the Union address, whitehouse.gov offers reprints of other Executive Branch speeches, fact sheets, and press releases. You may find just what you need on the White House website to show that your proposed endeavor has both substantial merit and national importance in your EB-2 NIW petition letter.