Leon Law firm has a 100% approval rate in applying for National Interest Waivers (NIW) for experienced pilots seeking positions as commercial airline pilots in the United States.

Our attorney team has the background to properly articulate to USCIS why you should be granted this visa. In addition to having a Harvard educated attorney on our team, unlike the other law firms processing these visas, Leon Law Firm is led by an attorney that speaks aviation. With almost two decades of flying experience, to include being a legacy airline pilot, we have developed the checklist to ensure your success.

In order to apply for an NIW, you must be a professional of exceptional ability, defined as a person with “a degree of expertise significantly above that ordinarily encountered” in their particular profession or field of expertise. In order to establish that you possess exceptional abilities, there are six categories. Applicants for an NIW must meet at least 3 of the criteria, but the more that apply, the better. 

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Pilot NIW Requirements

While a NIW application requires only three of the 6 categories above, the more categories that we can satisfy, and the more evidence that we have in each category, the more likely your application is to be successful. 

pilot and assistant pilot in the plane cockpit

Benefits of the EB2-NIW

Does not require a sponsor

The NIW does not require that a U.S. employer sponsor your petition and therefore bypass the labor certification process.


An employer-sponsored green card can take a very long time to process. We have had Pilot EB-2 NIW applications approved in less than 30 days without paying the fee to expedite. 

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