It can be difficult to demonstrate that you are well positioned to achieve your proposed endeavor in the USA unless USCIS knows what you are proposing to do. You might be unsure about how to present your future plans in the United States so that this proposal might qualify you for a national interest waiver of the job offer and labor certification requirements of the EB-2 immigrant visa.
What is an NIW proposed endeavor?
Under the framework that comes from a case called Matter of Dhanasar, after a foreign national established eligibility for EB-2 classification, USCIS may grant a national interest waiver if the following can be proven with evidence:
(1) The proposed endeavor has both substantial merit and national importance;
(2) The Beneficiary is well positioned to advance the proposed endeavor; and
(3) On balance, it would be beneficial to the United States to waive the job offer
and labor certification requirements.
To clearly delineate one’s proposed endeavor an EB-2 NIW candidate could write a one or two-page statement of their short and long-term goals in the United States after their case is processed. Step one in creating an EB2 NIW future plan could be to write a few paragraphs about their short-term goals, the United States and they give examples of things that they have already achieved to demonstrate that their goals will be easily reached. Then a few paragraphs about the long-term goals can be added toward the end of the essay with some sentences that point out prior accomplishments to show that they are capable of achieving their future goals.
What happens if you do not tell USCIS what your proposed endeavor is?
Some national interest waiver self-petitioners want to pick a proposed endeavor that they think that USCIS will like. But if it has little to do with their current work or research and does not dovetail with their advanced degree, it might be a struggle to establish that the candidate is well positioned to make good on their proposed endeavor.
If the NIW case is not cohesive, then a USCIS may issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) asking for a “model or plan for future activities” that further what the foreign national has already accomplished.
Ask an immigrant attorney for help.
If you are unclear about what your proposed endeavor should be, then your EB-2 NIW lawyer probably cannot tell you what your future should hold. Making up a future plan that you think will please a USCIS officer is not a genuine articulation of your qualifications.
However, if you need an objective eye on your resume and a review of your achievements, you might ask your NIW attorney for a consultation. They may see some national benefits of your work or research that you did not realize existed.