Fast Track Petitions: What is the Difference?

Certain foreign nationals may qualify for a "fast-track" petition, meaning that they can skip the labor certification stage of the permanent residence process. Often, accomplished professors, researchers, and other professionals will use the following classifications to speed-up their green card processing. What is the difference between the options? Read on to find out!

Requirement/Category

Extraordinary Ability

Outstanding Researcher/Professor

National Interest Waiver

Which Category?

EB-1

EB-1

EB-2

Can I self-sponsor (file the petition on my own, without the employer signing)?

Yes, you may self-petition

No, the employer must petition (sign the actual petition)

Yes

Permanent job offer required?

No

Yes (must be permanent or tenure-track)

No

Is premium processing available?

Yes

Yes

No

Job experience required?

N/A

Yes – three years of experience

N/A

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