Airline Pilots applying for EB-2 (NIW)

As the growing demand for pilots in the U.S. continues to rise, experienced and accomplished pilots holding the appropriate background may apply for a Green Card for themselves and their families through the EB-2 National Interest Waiver Program. This status grants such professionals the permission to legally work and live in the U.S., in order to advance in their career and to serve the national interests of the United States.

The minimum requirement is that the pilot must have at least ten years of experience. If the pilot does not have ten or more years of experience, they must hold a four-year degree in an aviation-related industry, along with five or more years experience in flying as a pilot.

(Must meet three of the criteria listed below)

  • At least ten years of full-time experience as a pilot.
  • A license to practice your profession or certification for your profession or occupation.
  • Evidence that you have commanded a salary or other remuneration for services that demonstrates your exceptional ability.
  • Membership in professional pilot association(s).
  • Recognition of achievements and significant contributions to your industry or field by your peers, government entities, and professional or business organizations.
  • Academic records showing a degree, diploma, or certificate related to the aviation industry from a college, university, school, or other comparable institutions
  • Other comparable evidence (anything that makes your training and/or experience special or noteworthy, including management and/or training duties)

Typically, a permanent job offer and an approved labor certification are prerequisites to file an employment-based, second preference immigration petition. However, a National Interest Waiver (NIW) petition requests that the labor certification requirement be waived for the sake of the “national interest of the United States,” allowing an applicant to apply for an NIW immigration petition without a labor certification or a job offer from a U.S. employer. A pilot must be able to submit evidence of outstanding and exceptional ability in the aviation field

Our legal team have prepared and seen the successful approval of numerous EB-2 NIW applications for all kinds of professionals, including pilots. The process requires extensive documentation and preparation of forms to build a compelling petition that will be submitted to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss if you have the relevant experience required to apply for the EB-2 NIW.


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