National Interest Waiver Program, Permanent Residency (Green Card)
Normally, an individual qualifies for a second preference EB-2 or lower employment category visa allowed for individual members of exceptional ability who are members of the professions holding advanced degrees to get permanent residency (green card) and for those of less credentials and ability. These preferences require both a job offer and Labor Certification, a long and exacting process.
The Labor Certification requirement can be waived if national interests are served. Often these waivers apply to doctors, scientists engineers, etc. in fields deemed vital to U.S. national interests. Generally, there are work limitations and duration obligations to be met. The specifics depend on your occupation, qualifications and the specific program you qualify for. You should consult a Charleston Immigration attorney for these type of waivers. Remember, "with immigration, nothing is as simple as it first appears"℠.