Tips When Drafting Expert Letters for EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) Applications

Posted by Donald GrossJan 12, 20240 Comments

When applying for an EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW), expert recommendation letters are crucial. They help show how your work benefits the U.S. and why the usual job offer and certification requirements should be waived. Here are some helpful dos and don'ts for writing these letters:


  • Personalized and Relevant Content: ask your recommenders to discuss your unique contributions, successes, and influence within your area of expertise. Skip the templates!
  • Clearly state the recommender's qualifications to evaluate your work's significance.
  • Highlight Specific Accomplishments: tell your recommenders to emphasize your significant achievements, research outcomes, publications, patents, or other contributions that illustrate your expertise using concrete examples.
  • Quantify Your Impact: use quantifiable data or metrics whenever possible to validate the scale and reach of your work's influence on your field of expertise.
  • Professional and Objective Tone: have your recommenders maintain a formal and professional tone in their letters.
  • Demonstrate National Importance and Substantial Merit: your recommenders should clearly explain how your proposed endeavor benefits the United States on a national or global level.
  • Provide Contact Information: your recommenders must include their contact information, such as email or phone number, so USCIS can verify the contents of the letter if needed.
  • Using keywords: have your recommenders use words such as “substantial merit”, “national importance”, “labor certification”, “well positioned” in their letters.
  • Who should draft the letters: letters from experts in your field, experts who have known you through your work and not only Professors, peers, managers.


  • Avoid Generalizations: Skip vague statements without concrete evidence or proof.
  • Don't Use Template Language: tailor each letter to your unique contributions and circumstances.
  • Steer Clear of Irrelevant Details: focus on the accomplishments and contributions directly related to your field of expertise. Your recommenders should exclude unrelated personal anecdotes or unrelated information.
  • Don't Overlook Proofreading: proofread meticulously to ensure accuracy in grammar, spelling, and content before your recommenders sign the letters.
  • Avoid Unsubstantiated Claims: tell your recommenders to not make assumptions or claims that cannot be supported with evidence. Be prepared to provide documentation to USCIS if requested.
  • Stay Concise and Relevant: keep the letter concise while addressing your significant accomplishments and contributions related to the EB-2 NIW criteria.
  • Recommenders: avoid subjective letters that only come from managers, peers, professors, co-workers.

In conclusion, expert letters are fundamental in establishing your eligibility for an EB-2 National Interest Waiver. By adhering to these do's and don'ts, you can draft impactful and compelling expert letters that effectively show that you meet the USCIS's criteria.
Let Donald Gross Law Group know how we can help you with your EB-2 NIW petitions and expert letters to ensure the success of your case.