EB-E National Interest Waiver


If you are an American employer requesting a national interest waiver on behalf of a qualified alien physician or you are an alien physician petitioning for yourself in the second preference classification, the petitioner is relieved from the labor certification process. The criteria for a National Interest Waiver include:


  • Seeking employment in an area of substantial intrinsic merit;
  • The benefit will be national in scope; and
  • The national interest would be adversely affected if a labor certification were required for the foreign national.


Some or all of the following criteria may be used to meet the requirements of “national interest”:


  • Improving the U.S. economy;
  • Improving wages and working conditions for U.S. workers;
  • Improving education and training programs for under-qualified workers and U.S. children;
  • Improving health care;
  • Providing more affordable housing;
  • Improving the environment of the United States and making more productive use of natural resources; or
  • A request from an interested U.S. government agency, such as a VA (Veterans Affairs) Hospital.

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