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

  • 10 years of experience as a professional pilot.
  • Pilot Certificates
  • Proof that you earned a high salary compared to your other pilots in your country
  • Membership in pilot professional associations
  • Recognition in your field by your employer, a governmental organization, a corporation or some other entity for excellence in your field or for making a contribution to the industry.
  • A degree, diploma, certificate, or similar award from a college, university, school, or other institution of learning relating to aviation or a related field.

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. 


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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