International Affairs

Processing Times Involved in NIW

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If I may verify the processing times involved in NIW. Since it falls under EB2 category, I am assuming it may be a long time before I can get my EAD card and be able to change employers. Also, I want to confirm if there could be issues if I change employers during the process - If so, I'd prefer to change my current employer before starting with it.

You can change employers any time if you are a self-applicant and will continue to work in your stated area of national interest.  But NIW priority date will take the same time as a normal EB-2 application does.  See: 

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EB1 - Outstanding Researcher

We won this case for the applicant who is considered a leading expert in international affairs, particularly Indo-Chinese relations.  We utilized eight detailed recommendation letters which highlighted the importance of this applicant's vast knowledge on China and his outstanding expertise on nonproliferation and security affairs.  He had over twenty publications on this critical topic at the time of filing.