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Challenges for international students on F-1 visas

Updated: May 14, 2022

International students apply to universities in the US at an unfortunate disadvantage: lower admissions rates simply because they are not US residents.

Even after being accepted into a US university, international students continue to face additional challenges. Living and working in the US on an F-1 student visa is not easy. There are significant challenges to pursue internship and post-graduation work opportunities.

Temporary visas are tough to plan a life around. The Optional Practical Training (OPT) program offers a temporary 1-3 year visa after graduation, while the H1-B work visa has become increasingly harder to receive.

Most companies are not keen to sponsor work visa applications. In fact, only about 30% of US companies planned to hire international students in 2019. This only increases the competition for roles at highly coveted companies, such as Google and Goldman Sachs. The chances of receiving an H1-B visa through the lottery system are very slim.

Temporary visas such as the F-1 and H1-B are always vulnerable to changes by regulation or legislation, which could affect those who hope to continue living in the US and developing their career.

So how can you plan for your post-university life in the US?

The EB-5 Investor Visa Program gives you the opportunity to obtain a US Green Card for permanent residency. This means you can live and work anywhere you choose. You do not need to stress about the uncertainty of temporary visas or being forced to go back to your home country because you are unable to secure corporate sponsorship.

How does the EB-5 Investor Visa Program Work?

The program requires a minimum investment of $900,000 USD into an approved project that creates 10 or more American jobs. The capital investment is typically returned after 5 or 6 years. EB5 investors enjoy multiple benefits, including the ability to:

  • Avoid restrictions, filing for an option and renewals required on F1 visas

  • Be able to take internships and work without being sponsored

  • Move between employers without requiring sponsorship

  • Stay in the U.S. without further F-1 or F-1 OPT renewals

What other benefits does a Green Card provide?

  • Potential savings on tuition: Green Card holders may be eligible for in-state tuition fees, which are typically lower than those of foreign nationals.

  • Having a path to US Citizenship: An EB-5 Visa holder can apply for US Citizenship after 5 years of residency and faces no additional requirements when applying

  • Flexibility to choose which family members get Green Card coverage: An EB-5 investment can be made on behalf of a child aspiring to study in the U.S., or an entire family including an applicant’s spouse and any children under the age of 21

How can my family find out more about this opportunity?

Please visit us HERE and provide us with your contact details. We will reach out to discuss this opportunity in more detail.


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