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How to Write Persuasive Reference Letters for NIW Application

Hi William,

I am working on to ask some experts in my field to write reference letters for my EB2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) petition. The sample reference letters in your NIW DIY package have helped me a lot for the process. I do not have many publications, how could the reference letters be written as persuasive?


Many EB2 NIW applications include letters of reference. Certain testimonials written by other experts working in the alien applicant’s field may be submitted as evidence. But the letters of reference should not be the cornerstone of a successful application of EB2 NIW applications.

Also, the statements in the reference letters should be corroborated with the submitted evidence. The reference letters should explain why he or she believe that you are working in an area of substantial intrinsic merit, and your work will benefit the nation as a whole. If a reference letter merely reiterates the National Interest Waiver definitions, or merely make expansive statements for your accomplishments, this kind of reference letter is not persuasive.

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