Dear Talented Scholar

You don't have to wait for employer sponsorship or marriage to a citizen for U.S green card. The U.S needs talented scholars like you, and your abilities can be enough for permanent residency via the National Interest Waiver; but you have to PLAN for this. This course will get you started in the thought process of how to position yourself for U.S. permanent residency on your own terms.

  • Learn practical and technical tips on how to qualify for the NIW

  • Learn how to think about the long-term work that may make you qualified for the NIW as a student

  • Learn the costs of approval and practical tips to cut down on costs


Partner at Bestman Academy

Babajide Ojo, MS, PhD

Dr. Babajide Ojo is an alumnus of EKSU (Nigeria), Oklahoma State University (USA), and presently a Postdoc at Stanford University School of Medicine. He intentionally strives to assist diverse students with untapped potentials by revealing tips and opportunities for ascending into STEM-related fields, thereby improving the quality of research and the diversity of discourse in their fields. Dr. Ojo was a graduate student ambassador throughout his training at Oklahoma State University. He received several honors and awards during his PhD, culminating in his selection as the Honorary Commencement Marshall of his graduating class (Fall 2019). Dr. Ojo earned the United States National Interest Waiver (NIW) in 2021 with no request for evidence (RFE) for his plans for translational research in nutrition and digestive diseases. Dr. Ojo is our expert at strategizing for top grad school opportunities in the United States and positioning yourself for the National Interest Waiver.


  • So what's next after this course? Do I still need a lawyer?

    Although U.S law allows for self-representation in NIW cases, we highly recommend that you seek official legal representation for your NIW case. They have the expertise to help you polish and present your case to the government and your case may earn more respect. In case the U.S. government official is having a bad day and sends a request for evidence or a notice of denial, they may still be able to argue your case and salvage a solution for you. The key is making sure the law firm has NIW experience and cares about their clients and not just the money. Legal representation for NIW cases can be less expensive than other immigration paths and even better if you know you have a good case. I had my NIW petition approved with no further questions asked after submission, so the paid versions of this training ensure that you know what it takes to have a good case and how you can strategize for all the requirements if you are a student or postdoc. It would definitely be easier for all parties (and possibly cheaper, in my own case) if you have a very good case and have prepared key documents as taught in this course. Importantly, we can suggest legal representation that will save you lots of money. More information on this in the course.

  • At what stage of my education should I take this training?

    Anytime. We recommend taking this course early in your scholarly journey so that you can start planning to hit all milestones as soon as you can. And if you are advanced in your journey, there will still be a lot to learn coupled with the chance to see and download my actual documents and templates that you can plug your own story into. Although it is unlikely that the NIW will go away since it has been U.S. law for over a decade, you will be better off if you start learning now and make yourself qualified in the littlest time possible.

  • Is the NIW only available for those in STEM fields?

    No. Many non-STEM students may qualify if they can duly demonstrate their UNIQUE position, argue their future plan and how it serves the U.S. national interest. If you understand what it takes and duly plan to hit all milestones as a student as recommended in this training, you may qualify regardless of your field. In the next few weeks, a non-STEM scholar who got the NIW would create a course designed specifically for non-STEM scholars. Check out the "all courses" page to see if the course is live or subscribe to our website ( for details when it launches.

  • I am already on OPT, I'm on another VISA, or I'm from India or China. Is this course still useful for me?

    Sure! This training will still be beneficial to open your eyes to what it takes and how to plan the next step (that's if you don't already qualify). If you are on another visa (e.g H1b, O-1...), you can get a green card through the NIW for you and your family in lesser time. Even if you are from India and China with long priority dates, you may still benefit from getting the NIW, including the chance to get an employment authorization card (EAD) for you and your family. And if you believe you are ready to apply, this training will detail how to draft all supporting evidence and your future plan with the chance to get templates from a successful NIW application. We also suggest legal representation that may save you lots of $$$ compared to most firms.

  • What is the difference between the Beginner, Advanced, and Complete guides of the NIW course?

    The beginner's guide gives you a basic summary and introduction to the NIW, how to qualify, and saving on costs. The Advanced version adds significantly to the Beginner's version by going into all the details and strategies for accumulating supporting pieces of evidence and developing some key documents. The Complete Guide gives you all the experience of the Beginner and Advanced versions with the ability to download all key documents and templates needed for your NIW case. Confused? Start with the Beginner's Guide and see if one of the paid versions would be right for you.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Introduction to the Course and the Instructor

    • Course Outline and Objectives

    • Course Versions

    • What the NIW looks like on Paper

  2. 2
    • What to expect in Lesson 1

    • Basic Introduction to the NIW

    • Benefits of the NIW over other U.S Immigrant Visas

  3. 3
    • What to expect in Lesson 2

    • What you MUST prove in your application

  4. 4
    • What to expect in Lesson 3

    • Practical tips to acquire all NIW evidence as a Student

  5. 5
    • What to expect in Lesson 4

    • Potential Questions for the NIW future Plan

    • Future Plan Sample and Template

  6. 6
    • What to expect in Lesson 5

    • When Can I apply? NIW Timing Strategies for Bachelors, MS, or for Graduates

  7. 7
    • What to expect in Lesson 6

    • Complete Costs of the NIW-Green card

  8. 8
    • What to expect in Lesson 7

    • Considerations for filing the NIW outside the USA

  9. 9
    • What to expect in Lesson 8

    • Download NIW templates, Getting Your Money Back, See all NIW documents from a slam-dunk NIW case

  10. 10
    • What to expect in Lesson 9

    • Our best J-1 advice

  11. 11
    • Non-STEM: Sample Projects and the most Important Strategy

  12. 12
    • DIY: Applying for your Green Card after NIW Approval

  13. 13
    • Gracias!

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