Self-petition green card options include Extraordinary Ability and the National Interest Waiver petitions. These two options differ from other green card processes because they do not require a job or job offer in the U.S. for a successful petition, although an applicant does need to demonstrate that they are coming to the U.S. to work in their field of expertise.
These cases are also for professionals who have a high level of expertise in their fields.
An Extraordinary Ability petition can be appropriate for anyone who has reached the top of their area of specialty. That can include business, arts, athletics, science, engineering and medicine. For a National Interest Waiver petition, the area of specialty has to be in an area of substantial intrinsic merit and can encompass many different fields in science, medicine, engineering and the arts. To learn more about Extraordinary Ability Waivers, watch this video, or download our complimentary Guide to Self-Petition Green Cards.