National Interest Waiver: Everything You Need to Know About the NIW

National Interest Waiver


The national interest waiver (NIW) is a powerful option for certain highly qualified people to get a green card to the United States through self-petition. With an approved national interest waiver, someone can get a green card without having a job offer.


In this guide, I will explain what you need to know about the national interest waiver. If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly at I’m very responsive via email and I would be happy to help you.




  1. Introduction to the National Interest Waiver


  1. Benefits of a National Interest Waiver


  1. National Interest Waiver Requirements


  1. Required Documents to Apply for a National Interest Waiver


  1. National Interest Waiver Process


  1. National Interest Waiver Fees


  1. National Interest Waiver Processing Time


  1. Conclusion



1. Introduction to the National Interest Waiver



The process of getting an employer sponsored green card to the United States is usually a long and difficult process. In most cases, the U.S. company must show that they tried to hire a U.S. worker and that they were unable to do so. The company is required to post ads, interview candidates, and then must get approval from the U.S. Department of Labor to be able to hire a foreign worker. This process can get very complicated, time-consuming, and expensive. Therefore, many employers are unwilling to sponsor foreign workers for a green card.


The good news is that there are certain options for you to apply for a green card through self-petition. This means that you can apply for your green card without a job offer from a U.S. company and without a company acting as your sponsor.


One of these options is called the National Interest Waiver (NIW). The national interest waiver is available under the EB-2 immigrant category. Through the national interest waiver, certain people with skills and abilities in the field of science, arts, business, and/or certain other professions may self-petition for a green card.


Through the national interest waiver, the requirements that you have a full-time job offer and that you have a U.S. employer sponsor you, are waived.


2. Benefits of NIW


Ability to Self-Petition


As mentioned above, one of the primary benefits of the EB2 national interest waiver is the ability to self-petition for your green card. Through the national interest waiver, you do not need to go through the hassle of finding a U.S. employer that is willing to sponsor your immigrant petition. Another benefit is that through the national interest waiver, you can avoid the labor certification process altogether.




Another primary benefit of the national interest waiver is the speed of the process. Through a traditional employer-sponsored green card, the process can be very long. The employer has to undergo various recruitment activities and must also obtain an approved labor certification from the Department of Labor. This process alone can take several months to complete. However, the benefit of the EB2 national interest waiver is that there is no need do go through the labor certification process. You can file your immigrant petition directly which saves a tremendous amount of time.



3. National Interest Waiver Requirements


There are 4 main requirements to qualify for EB2 NIW:


  1. You must qualify under the EB2 immigrant category
  2. Your proposed endeavor in the U.S. must have substantial merit and national importance
  3. You must be well positioned to advance the proposed endeavor
  4. You must show that, on balance, it would be beneficial to the United States to waive the requirement that you have a job offer and that a U.S. company undergo the labor certification process.


1. Qualify Under the EB2 Immigrant Category


The EB2 national interest waiver is a special provision only available under the EB2 immigrant category. Basically, the NIW is an addition set of requirements above and beyond the EB2 requirements. Therefore, in order to qualify for a national interest waiver, you must first qualify under EB2. There are 2 main ways that you can qualify under the EB2 category. You may qualify under EB2 as either an advance degree professional or as an individual of exceptional ability.


Advance Degree Professional


To qualify as an advance degree professional, you must show the following:


  • The field you plan to work in must require an advanced degree




  • You must possess an advanced degree (any degree above a baccalaureate degree) OR you must have a baccalaureate degree plus 5 years of progressive work experience in the field you plan to work in.


Exceptional Ability


To qualify for EB2 based on exceptional ability, you must satisfy at least 3 of the following:


  • 10 years of full-time experience in your field
  • Degree in your field
  • License to practice in your profession
  • Membership in professional associations
  • Salary/remuneration that demonstrates exceptional ability
  • Recognition of your achievements and significant contributions to your field by peers, governmental entities, or professional business organizations.


2. Proposed Endeavor in the U.S. Must Have Substantial Merit and National Importance


To qualify for a national interest waiver, you must demonstrate that your proposed endeavor has both substantial merit and national importance. It is very important to clearly demonstrate that both of these prongs are satisfied.


Substantial Merit


  • Substantial merit means that the work that you will be engaging in, while in the U.S., is in a field that is valuable to the national interest of the U.S.


  • The evidence of substantial merit should focus on the specific endeavor that you will be focusing on. For example, if you are a specialist in pediatric orthopedic surgery, you should define the endeavor as pediatric orthopedic surgery rather than “medicine” or “surgery.”


  • You may show substantial merit in many different industries such as science, technology, entrepreneurialism, culture, health, business, or education.


National Importance


When determining whether your endeavor has national importance, USCIS considers the potential prospective impact.  USCIS is looking for evidence of the following:


  • Does your endeavor have national or even global implications within your particular field?


  • Does your endeavor have significant potential to employ U.S. workers or does it have other substantial positive economic effects?


Regarding national importance, it is important to know that USCIS is not so much focused on the geographic impact of your endeavor, even people who will work in an area with local or regional impact may qualify for EB2 NIW.


3. You Must be Well Positioned to Advance the Proposed Endeavor


To qualify for a national interest waiver, you must demonstrate that you are well positioned to advance your proposed endeavor.


When determining whether you satisfy this requirement, USCIS is looking to see your potential to contribute to the national interest based on your prospective work in the field.


Here are some factors USCIS uses to determine whether you satisfy this requirement:


  • education


  • skills


  • knowledge


  • record of success in related or similar efforts


  • model or plan for future activities


  • any progress towards achieving your proposed endeavor


  • interest from potential customers, users, investors, or other relevant entities or individuals


To satisfy this requirement, you are not required to show that it is more likely than not that you will be successful. Rather, you must show how you are qualified to pursue a successful result.



4. You Must Show that, on Balance, it would be Beneficial to the United States to Waive the Requirements of a Job Offer and Thus of a Labor Certification


When determining whether or not you satisfy this requirement, USCIS weighs the following:


  • Whether it would be impractical for you to secure a job offer


  • Whether it would be impractical for your prospective employer to obtain a labor certification


  • Whether, even if other qualified U.S. workers are available, the U.S. would still benefit from your contributions


  • Whether the national interest in your contributions is sufficiently urgent to warrant forgoing the labor certification process.


In each case, all of these factors are weighted together to determine whether it would be beneficial to waive the requirements of a job offer and thus of a labor certification.



5. Required Documents to Apply for a National Interest Waiver


There are many different types of documents that should be included in your application for a national interest waiver. The documents that you will include will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. Before making any decisions regarding what documents to submit with your case, it is important to consult with an experienced immigration lawyer.


Here is a general list of some of the documents that may be included:


  • Copies of your educational degrees


  • Evidence of exceptional ability (if applicable)


  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)


  • Citation report


  • Link to Google Scholar profile


  • Publications, articles, books that you have authored


  • Evidence of prizes or awards that you have received


  • Evidence that you have reviewed the work of others


  • Published material about you/your field of endeavor


  • Evidence of the receipt of grants/patents


  • Copy of the biographic page of your passport


  • Testimonials from experts in your field


6. National Interest Waiver Process


Step 1. Consult with an Immigrant Lawyer


The first step in the NIW process is to consult with an experienced immigration lawyer. It is important to consult with an immigration lawyer for the following reasons:


  • An experienced immigration lawyer can review your credentials and provide you with an analysis regarding the likelihood of approval of your case.


  • An immigration lawyer can review your background and immigration history to determine whether there may be a better option for you to get your green card.


  • Applying for a national interest waiver can be extremely complicated. Each NIW case requires a detailed strategy for how to prove that you satisfy each of the NIW requirements. An experienced immigration lawyer will help you develop a strategy for successfully applying for your EB-2 national interest waiver.



Step 2. File Form I-140 with USCIS


The Form I-140 is also called the Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. This is the initial form that must be filed with USCIS to apply for a green card under EB2 NIW.


Along with the Form I-140, your immigration lawyer will prepare a detailed cover letter explaining your case and your eligibility for a national interest waiver. In addition, all of the documentation in support of your eligibility for a national interest waiver will also be included with the Form I-140.


Step 3. Either Adjustment of Status or Visa Processing


Once your Form I-140 is approved and a visa number is available for you, the next step will be to either do an adjustment of status or to undergo immigrant visa processing. Each of these options is different. I will example the differences below.


Adjustment of Status


  • An adjustment of status is when someone “adjusts” from a non-immigrant status to lawful permanent resident status.
  • In order to do an adjustment of status, you must be lawfully present in the United States in a valid non-immigrant status.
  • An adjustment of status is done by filing a Form I-485 with USCIS
  • The adjustment of status process takes place within the United States (no need to leave the U.S.)
  • If the priority date is current at the time of filing the Form I-140, you may concurrently file the Form I-485 adjustment of status along with the I-140.


Immigrant Visa Processing


  • Immigrant visa processing is when someone applies for an immigrant visa at a consulate or embassy outside of the United States
  • Immigrant visa processing is typically done when someone is not lawfully present in the U.S. in a valid non-immigrant status
  • Immigrant visa processing is done by electronically filing a DS-260 with the Department of State
  • As part of the process of immigrant visa processing, you must attend a visa interview at a consulate abroad
  • Following successful completion of the interview, you should receive your immigrant visa within a few days
  • Once you enter the U.S. on your immigrant visa, you are officially a U.S. lawful permanent resident.



7. National Interest Waiver Fees


Here are the USCIS filing fees for each step of the EB2 NIW process:


Filing Fee for Form I-140: $700


Filing Fee for Form I-485 (Adjustment of Status): $1,225


Premium Processing Fee: Optional $1,410


8. National Interest Waiver Processing Time


The overall processing time to receive your green card through EB-2 NIW will depend on multiple factors. Please see below for the different scenarios.


Concurrent Filing of Form I-140 and Form I-485 (Adjustment of Status)


If you are lawfully present in the U.S. in a valid non-immigrant status, and if a visa number is available, you may be eligible to concurrently file your Form I-140 and Form I-485. In this case, you should receive your work authorization (EAD) and travel permission (advance parole) within 6 months. You should receive your green card within about 8-9 months.


Immigrant Visa Processing with Current Priority Date


If you are not lawfully present in the U.S. and will be doing immigrant visa processing, you will first have to file the I-140 with USCIS. Once the I-140 is approved, you can then undergo immigrant visa processing. The I-140 takes about 7-8 months to get approved. Once the I-140 is approved, assuming a visa number is available (current priority date) you can then begin immigrant visa processing which takes an additional 7-9 months. So, the total processing time would be about 14-17 months.


Priority Date Note Current (Visa Backlog)


For countries like India and China, there is a very high demand for visas under the EB2 category. The demand is higher than the number of visas available, and so there is visa retrogression (visa backlog). What this means is that, for certain countries, there is a waiting list for people to get a visa under the EB-2 category. If you were born in a country that has a visa backlog, once your I-140 petition is approved, you will have to wait for a visa number to become available (wait for your priority date to become current) before you can apply for your immigrant visa or adjustment of status. If this applies to you, the total time it takes to get your green card can be many years.



9. Conclusion


The EB2 national interest waiver is a great option for you to get lawful permanent residence (a green card) to the United States, without the need for a job offer. Through the EB2 national interest waiver, you can self-petition for your green card and also apply for your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old.


The EB-2 NIW has a high-standard that you must meet in order to get your case approved. It is therefore very important to work with an experienced lawyer to prepare and file your application.


If you have any questions about the EB-2 NIW, please feel free to email me directly at I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer, and I would be happy to help you.









  • Business Immigration: Law & Practice, 2nd Ed.– Vol. 2: Chapter 3
Vincent Morrow
05:57 19 Oct 20
First of all, let me tell you why you should take my review seriously. I've lived in the US for almost 14 years, and I've always kept my visa status current. So, in the past 14 years, I worked with 4 immigration law firms. I've also met, exchanged... emails, and/or talked with countless other immigration attorneys and lawyers. So, I have A LOT of experience with immigration attorneys (by the way, you should also know that there is a difference between an attorney and a lawyer. You'd want an attorney if possible). And 3 out of the 4 firms who actually worked on my case(s) were excellent (that's why my visa status is still current… obviously haha). I don't want to talk about the one (out of the 4 firms) because that one was bad (thank god, he didn't end up working on my case). I only want to talk about the good ones, and in this case, it's Ashoori Law firm. And I'd like to tell you that, if you're looking for an immigration attorney and/or an immigration law firm, look no further! You have found it! You don't even need to read the rest of my review. Just go, sign the contract, and start working with them now, period!Okay, so you've decided to read further down the line? Fine. Here is why you should choose Ashoori Law. I'm a small business owner, so I know a thing or two about how a group of people get things going and get things done. And in order for something to go right, a lot of other things have to work right as well. Your dinner tastes good? The person(s) who cooked it must have done it right. And so does the farmer who helped grow the veggies you’re having now. Similarly, Ashoori Law must be doing a lot of things right because they just got my visa extended in 14 days! How great is that!?In addition, I’d really like to talk about the one attorney at Ashoori Law who worked on my case and got my visa extended. Her name is Lahaina Araneta (I also want to mention her paralegal, Daniel Chausow, who also did a great job on my visa extension. Moreover, there may be other people at Ashoori Law who helped with my case that I don’t know about). In short, Lahaina is one of the best immigration attorneys I have ever met. She is smart, thorough, resourceful, and positive. She is a genuinely good person who actually cares about immigrants and understands the hardships immigrants go through (let’s face it. The system is stacked against immigrants in every possible way, so having an excellent immigration attorney who truly cares about immigrants is crucial). She always answers my emails within 24 hours if not immediately. She is resourceful, and she has ideas. She knows how to present a case and get positive results (I mean… you may have a good case, but you still need to present it in a good way to get the result(s) you want). And like I said, if something works right, a lot of other things must be working right as well.Okay, I’ll stop here for now (I’ll update my review and write even more as time goes on). In short, just go and work with Ashoori Law. You’ll be glad that you did. Thank you!read more
eddie lavian
21:58 16 Oct 20
MR Ashoori was amazing!!help a lot with the case. Thank you
highland cell24connect
18:45 12 Oct 20
I give an excellent 5 star review to Michael Ashoori law firm and his team especially Lahaina Araneta for their excellent service for E-2 approval. The whole team is very professional and detail oriented and they provide response very promptly.... Along with being compassionate towards their clients, they provide amazing legal advice on immigration matters which helps clients get approval in quickest time possible. Hats off and highly recommend to others !!read more
Life Mizrahi
19:30 08 Oct 20
I would like to thank Michael Ashoori and his wonderful team!We had a very complicated immigration situation that he and his team were able to clear up and accomplish our goals.The price was very reasonable and The timing was excellent.Thank... you for all of the wonderful more
chaya mizrahi
19:17 08 Oct 20
We had a very difficult situation with our legal immigration status and thanks to Michael and his Wonderful team they were able to fix everything within a reasonable amount of time and for a decent price.We highly recommend this team of attorneys... for all of your Immigration needs and more
B Goody
21:10 29 Sep 20
Phenomenal service! Rapid response and attention to detail. The team were extremely diligent with the entire process and kept me up to date through the process! We had lots of hiccups with USCIS and CoVid causing multiple delays. I was extremely... impressed by Lahaina and her team. Right until the very end they messaged me, shared updates and provided guidance on next steps. Phenomenal service and. I’ll definitely be using them again. Thank you to the entire team at Ashoori law! I couldn’t have gotten through this process without you!!I highly recommend for all your immigration legal needs!!! Thank you so much!read more
Gene Boekhoudt
02:22 29 Sep 20
Lahaina Araneta of ASHOORI LAW was instrumental in assisting me to get my E2 Visa. The service was always on point and result driven. I was always well informed and prepared for my Interview.I highly recommend using the service of ASHOORI LAW.
Umesh Joshi
20:49 26 Sep 20
It was very nice experience and really helpful for all kind of services
Dmitry Bak
23:46 13 Sep 20
Michael helped us a lot preparing and sending all the needed documents to USCIS. We were very squeezed in time, and I even had to drive from SF to LA to deliver the originals in person, quicker than USPS or Fedex could do, to save one day. Michael... met me in his office at night time, so kind! During the entire period, Michael's team kept us informed about every single step they did, and finally we got all the needed approvals from USCIS. I highly recommend Michael, his company is a great example of how an ideal lawyer/attorney should more
Freuet Solutions
22:49 08 Sep 20
Mike reached out to me personally and gave a good and detail explanation of possible options to take in my case.I recommend you reach out to him with your immigration matters.
Ha Ka
17:48 02 Sep 20
I can only recommend Michael Ashoori for all your immigration needs and inquiries . Very proffessional. Thanks to Michael Ashoori and all his team. I will be back soon again!
11:57 02 Sep 20
Started working with Michael Ashoori firm around march this year during the pandemic, but despite these difficult times they guided me step by step and they were always there when ever i had a question or clarification.Lahaina was great, very... professional immigration attorney and of very help through out all the process.She guided me all the way till i got my L1 visa approved.They have this portal system while they post in details every single document needed to ensure the success of the petition. I just had to collect all these documents, upload them on the portal and then they take it from there, they prepared everything and filled up the petition. Their job doesn’t stop here since most of the petitions gets an RFE from USCIS, so they continue by preparing whats needed and resubmit again till i got the reply that my petition was approved.Over all, Michael and his team are very professional and they really know what they are doing and they stay updated with all the recent laws and regulations going on. Highly recommendedread more
Ahmed Gaber
21:44 03 Aug 20
Good office because he offer free consultation
Vj M
03:58 14 Jul 20
Mike and his team helped me with E2. They were very patient and professional throughout the process which got significantly delayed due to Covid. The attorney assigned to me was very knowledgeable and available to advise even at a short notice.... Overall, I had a very pleasant experience and would highly recommend Ashoori Law. Looking forward to working together again in the near more
Gustavo Mas
18:03 07 Jul 20
My experience with Michael is remarkable, he is very professional and has profound knowledge in immigration laws, he made me feel like I was with the right lawyer, so rest assure, if you decide to work with him, you are very likely to be successful... at your more
18:58 25 Jun 20
Great institutions like Ashoori law firm are made by great people, and there are no finer individuals than those who dedicated themselves to assist clients with different cases like mine. “HONEST & EMPATHETIC” are the words that come to mind when I... think of Lahaina and the rest of her amazing team! Highly professional and experienced immigration attorney who provided excellent service, demonstrating personal attention to all details of your cases. They show compassion by studying clients' stories.They certainly know the immigration process and help you fully prepare for the case and interview. They are always making sure that the whole process goes very smooth. I especially want to thank “Lahaina Araneta” attorney & Michael Ashoori. If you are a really nervous client like me, these people are always super patient and kind with you. If anyone is looking for immigration help, “Ashoori law firm” should be your very first choice for sure because they can really get things done!Working with Lahaina Araneta was absolutely great. She helped me through my entire journey without any hesitations. I always got answers whenever I had questions. I will definitely work with “HER” again on my next journey. She helped me a lot from the beginning of my case (naturalization case). She is attentive to details and very informative. She also quickly responded to my questions about my status. I can't say enough about her. I was completely dazzled by her communication skills and courage in communications with the USCIS office. I am blown away by her integrity and all the hard work she has done on my behalf. I will always be grateful for all of her efforts. Lahaina I just want to thank you for the excellent work you did as my immigration attorney. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for all the cares and concerns you have shown me, and for working tirelessly. if it weren’t for your analytical skills and knowledge, the matter wouldn’t have been settled by now. I knew you have a lot of clients, so your prompt responses and attention to detail really meant a lot to me. Having an experienced attorney like you on my side was a good sign that I was walking into the right path to win the case. Thank you Lahaina for your support during my N-400 application process, and for helping me to get the desired outcome. You don't know how much your passion impacts the lives of more
Sandie Galloway
18:41 10 Jun 20
Lahaina was one of 4 lawyers that I had an Initial consult with. She was the only one who took the time to truly understand my case. She was patient with me and very responsive. The most important thing is she was the only lawyer who believed in me.... She has world class professionalism. We successfully got my visa and I couldn’t have done it without her. Will never use another law firm. Highly recommend. She truly cares about her clients and goes the extra more
Rw Right
17:39 06 Jun 20
Look no further. There are solid reasons why they get straight 5 stars in this review.They work as a (great) team and everyone is very knowledgeable and reliable. Micheal posts timely insightful topics on Youtube, in addition to answering all of... your personal questions quickly and more
Morne Begemann
09:10 03 Jun 20
We recently needed the assistance of a law firm and due to the fact that we had limited time available to submit our application, many of the law firms that we contacted were not able to assist us. We then came in contact with Michael from Ashoori... Law. Not only did they assist us with our application, they also provided us with efficient, professional service. They really went out of their way to make sure that we meet the deadline and provided us with regular updates on the process. What a wonderful and stress free experience! I would definitely recommend Ashoori Law’s services to any potential more
lara essa
00:03 16 May 20
Very helpful expert in immigration he help me out in temporary passporthighly recommended
Jackson Lee
02:08 15 May 20
Ashoori and Lahaina are very professional and detail. They responded to my questions with terms that I can understand without any hidden agenda.I wish I hired them when I first applying my E2. They are the lowest in fees and most professional... immigration lawyer that I had encounter. We go through all the process through phone and email without meeting in person and I got my E2 renewal approved.Way better then any immigration lawyer that I had meet in person in NYC.Will definitely stick with them and recommend them to all my friends and more
Paula Almeida Lança
19:27 08 May 20
Michael was amazing!! He gave his full support all the way through with my process and he would always update me and guide me when necessary. Extremely satisfied with his work. (real client)
persia falcon
21:00 05 May 20
Michael and his team were experienced, responsive, knowledgeable, and honest. I would recommend them to my friends.
Vergel Cornelio
02:15 02 May 20
Michael's law firm is compose of professionals who are working more than the sake of their clients. They care on their clients with their situation and help without limitation. They attend to all questions timely and return with immediate solutions... to secure all will be resolved and all worries were eased. I highly recommend and refer this firm to all related US re-entry and immigration more
Brandon Kim
09:17 01 May 20
Utilizing the services of Ashoori Law has been a pleasure and an outstanding experience. I highly recommend Ashoori Law to anyone who needs immigration assistance. With the help of Ashoori Law my spouse and I were able to get our immigration... documents seamlessly and without no issues. Ashoori Law is very customer oriented and from Day 1 is always available for you if you have any questions or concerns. Going forward, my spouse and I definitely plan to use Ashoori Law for future immigration more
Divina Chingcuanco
01:33 29 Apr 20
Michael Ashoori is reliable and responds to inquiries with very short waiting time. His law firm handled my travel document efficiently even if it was within a very narrow window. He has kindly mailed my travel document in the most expeditious way... possible. I will definitely engage his services again if I need this type of legal more
Titi Bern
00:04 25 Apr 20
Michael and his team are great! I had them recommended to me by my community who used them. Starting from an initial consultation, to working on the paperwork, to submitting to USCIS, everything as been smooth without any issue. In addition, they... answered all the question we had - SUPER fast - or whenever we called them they were very more
Richard Norton
03:17 24 Apr 20
I recently employed the services of Michael Ashoori and Ashoori Law to help with the lodging of a Re Entry Visa for my wife and myself. I am delighted with the result and the expediency with which Asoori Law handled our application.We now have... approval of our visas and couldn't be happier. One of the stand out aspects of dealing with Ashoori was the fact that I could tel or email Michael at any-time and would always receive a prompt response by return email. This personal connection with the company during the process made me feel I was dealing with a friend and that I could reach out to at any time I had a question, rather than being treated as another client. I can in all confidence recommend Ashoori Law for Immigration matters due to this wonderful experience and the way my application was handled. Sincerely. Richard and Judy more
Beth Jinks
22:17 23 Apr 20
Ashoori Law handled my green card travel document renewal application professionally and got results faster than I anticipated. Their preliminary phone advice saved my family from unnecessary Transpacific travel, and their subsequent paperwork... management and guidance made the process much less daunting. Ashoori understand the nuances of a changing USA immigration system, and I highly recommend retaining them to navigate it with you. I've tackled similar paperwork alone before, but after this experience I'll be working with Ashoori again in the more
Kuldeep Kaur
17:42 10 Apr 20
I had question about eb1 process and my alternatives to stay along with priority date timelines ie options to move over to another visa type like h1, to continue waiting for green card processing, all of my questions are very well taken by the... immigration consultant ( Karla Samayoa) , she has very strong hold on the processes and options available to candidates, i would certainly recommend her for immigration consulting on l1a visa and eb1 visa and green card application. I give her 5 startsThank youread more
Hansel Gonzalez
13:56 09 Apr 20
I reached out to Ashoori Law in order to obtain my US Re-Entry permit late last year. The whole team was friendly, knowledgeable and prompt to my many questions. Michael himself would answer any questions along the way after submission, which... assured me my case was important and on their radar. Having worked with various immigration lawyers in various countries I’ve worked at (6, so far), I know that is not always the case. I recommend to consider Ashoori Law for your US immigration needs, and I expect to reach out to them whenever I next need services in regards to US more
ajay sharma
18:04 08 Apr 20
Michael and his team members are very professional and easy to work with. For my reentry permit application I was running bit tight on time but Michael helped all possible way to make the process smoother and faster.Their process of data... collection, fees etc are very streamlined and transparent.Michale was always approachable and very fast on his responses. He always made sure that I get the latest update immediately if their office heard anything about my case.In short, I highly recommend Michael and his team. You will enjoy working with more
Tiyu Wang
14:27 18 Mar 20
Working with Michael was a pleasure from the beginning to the end. Through the experience of obtaining my re-entry permit, I got to witness first-hand his professionalism, expertise, and attention to detail.Some things that I really... appreciated:-Taking the time to work out the strategy for me, explaining the options I have and the solutions to potential situations that could arise.-Responding quickly and with well-thought out responses, when I emailed him with questions.-Being very meticulous (him as well as his staff) in ensuring the that logistics of my application were executed expediently and carefully.My case was not a big one, yet Michael behaved as if it were a big case. For that he certainly has earned my return business for immigration cases in the future, and I heartily recommend his services to anyone looking for a truly exceptional immigration more
Nello Trops
13:26 12 Mar 20
I have retained Ashoori Law for my immigration needs, I did work with a previous immigration attorney as well this is what I can say. The amount of information Ashoori Law provides to the general public by maintaining newsletters, blogs etc... sold... me, Ashhori Law takes the time to inform the general public and educate the general public who is interested in immigrated to the US that is of great value. After hiring Ashhori Law the process was smooth and clear, the response times are optimal. They are honest and are not just sitting around trying to make a quick buck when there's no hope. They truly advise you properly and are very transparent as well, no hidden fees. They were successful in filling my immigration needs and hands down I can recommend them to all my friends and contacts. Michael and Lahaina are professionals, they respond quickly and inform you quickly of any changes if any. I will definitely use them again in the near future. Thank youread more
emma Daniels
02:18 06 Mar 20
Karla was Very friendly to chat with and helpful
James Corcoran
14:38 05 Mar 20
I posting this for my wife in China VPN not workingI am so impressed by Mr. Michael Ashoori and will not hesitate to recommend him to you as one of the best immigration attorneys!!!For my case, I had an urgent timeline to apply for a re-entry... permit. To make it more complicated, I had multiple international travel plans during the application period. I reached out to quite a few attorneys for assistances. They either turned me down directly due to the time constrain or did not reply at all. On the contrary, Michael assured the feasibility of such an application during the first teleconference. Just as what he told me, all worked out perfectly under his coordination.To me, the following sets Mr. Michael Ashoori and his team apart from most of his peers:1) He is not only knowledge of the immigration laws and regulations but also highly familiar of the immigration authorities’ operation details. This is extremely critical to an urgent case since every step matters.2) He has the right AI system setup to monitor the daily workflows and handle the repetition workloads. Therefore, his team can focus on the key variables and client interactions efficiently.3) His fee is very reasonable and competitive.4) He cares about his clients as a friend. That is precious in a business world.You are in good hands if you pick Mr. Michael Ashoori and his team!read more
Humayun Tariq
08:09 05 Mar 20
I applied for the re- entry permit with Micheal Ashoori. I can say without a doubt, Micheal is the most helpful lawyer I have found there. What I love about Micheal is that he is really accessible to anyone, unlike other lawyers. He is always... available for a consultation call and clears out the queries patiently. He gives the best advice suited to the situation which has really helped me out with my planning.When I decided to apply for my re- entry permit with Micheal, he assisted me throughout the process. I just had to mail him the signed copy of the application and rest was handled by him and his team.Also, his team members, specifically Lahaina Araneta, are a joy to work with. They have been very responsive on e-mail even if it is late at night.Micheal, along with his team members, is very polite and never rushes an answer.I would definitely recommend everyone to work with Micheal if they need legal assistance in delicate matters such as immigration. He is the best you can get out there in terms of being responsible, responsive and more
Sriram Akella
06:07 27 Feb 20
Worked with Micheal for applying reentry permits for my wife and myself. He prepared all the paper work and was ready so that we could file the day we landed in US. Very Friendly and answered all my questions with patience.Would definitely... recommend him for any immigration related more
bardia bahrami
00:02 26 Feb 20
He was awesome, everything was straight forward with Michael and his team. I received my re-entry permit 6 weeks after submitting my request .
Tom Tam
17:43 22 Feb 20
This lawyer was awesome and helped my family with our own immigration case! 10/10 would recommend!
Remo Barducci
07:56 14 Feb 20
From the very first call where we were taken through the process right through to completion, all the interaction with Ashoori has been of the highest level . The advice we were given , how we were steered through the whole process and the brilliant... communication was simply faultless . Even though we are based in Australia on the other side of the world , time zones were no issue . Anyone planning on using Ashoori law, we recommend them very highlyread more
Blake McGrath
03:01 14 Feb 20
I needed to apply for an E-3 visa from Australia and Ashoori Law made the process very simple. All the required documents were provided as long as important information regarding the visa process, what was required for interviews and all other... relevant information. They have answered any questions I have had in a timely manner and have made the process and application and confirmation of the visa run very smoothly.Highly more
Next Reviews
Michael Ashoori Headshot

Michael Ashoori, Esq.

U.S. Immigration Lawyer

I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer and I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.

Since starting my law firm, I’ve helped hundreds of people from all over the world with their immigration needs. I’m very passionate, hard-working, and committed to my clients.

Got a question? Send me an email.