Focus on the National Interest Waiver

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Between the 2 prevalent fast-track categories for scientists, the EB2 National Interest Waiver/NIW is often the "easier" one to prove.  

There are strategic reasons for why a foreign national may need to file an EB1 (or Extraordinary Alien) case, i.e. if the person is Indian or Chinese where the immigrant visa numbers are backlogged - meaning it would take a few years to obtain a green card.