Airline Pilots applying for EB-2 (NIW)

In response to the surging demand for pilots in the U.S., experienced aviators meeting specific criteria can seek a Green Card for themselves and their families through the EB-2 National Interest Waiver Program. This status allows legal work and residence in the United States, promoting career growth while serving the national interests of the country.


To qualify for the program, pilots must meet a minimum of three of the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum of ten years of full-time pilot experience (or a four-year degree in an aviation-related industry, along with five or more years experience as a pilot)
  • Hold an aviation industry license or certification.
  • Demonstrate a history of commanding a salary or receiving remuneration indicating exceptional ability.
  • Maintain membership in professional pilot association(s).
  • Showcase recognition from peers, government entities, and professional or business organizations for achievements and contributions.
  • Provide academic records reflecting a degree, diploma, or certificate in aviation from a recognized institution.
  • Submit other evidence highlighting the uniqueness or significance of training and experience, including managerial or training duties.

Application Process:

While a permanent job offer and an approved labor certification are typically required, the National Interest Waiver (NIW) petition waives these for the “national interest of the United States.” This allows pilots to submit an NIW immigration petition without a job offer from a U.S. employer. Pilots must be able to show outstanding and exceptional ability in the aviation field.

Our legal team specializes in preparing successful EB-2 NIW applications for various professionals, including pilots. The process involves meticulous documentation and form preparation which is then submitted to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Contact us today for a free evaluation to determine if you meet the relevant experience for the EB-2 NIW. Your path to legal residency and career advancement awaits.


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