Letters for National Interest Waiver Application
I am collecting the expert reference letters for my NIW application. How to prepare the reference letters to avoid the "self-serving" argument made by USCIS officers in some RFE cases?
It is vital to understand the trends and requirements of National Interest Waiver application, in order to properly present and argue each case. With regard to avoiding the rejection or minimization of the value of expert reference letters, it can be necessary to argue that the reference letters in question are properly objective evidence. The characterization as "self-serving" can be countered when independent, well-qualified experts provide the opinions.
Above all, it is important to make the National Interest Waiver filing easily understood to a USCIS officer. Even in highly technical fields, the chance of an NIW approval is higher if the significance of the achievements can be explained in a manner that is likely to be understood by USCIS officer.
If the recommender has not worked with the alien applicant, this should be explicitly stated at the beginning of the letter. Such reference letters are given more weight by USCIS than the letters coming from the petitioner’s colleagues or supervisors, because it demonstrates the wide influence of the alien’s work in the field. Applicants should include at least two or three letters authored by independent experts.
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