EB5 Investors Magazine Volume 7, Issue 1 - Page 60

EB5 INVESTORS M AGAZINE 58 opportunities of being able to be hired for their dream summer job. Summer jobs during the junior year t y pically turn into permanent positions as students get offers at the end of the summer in most cases. Applying in the sophomore year is also a great option since students in most cases could get their green card before graduation. In their senior year, when applying for a permanent position, letting interviewers know that they have a green card, could be the deciding factor between an offer and a rejection. The same is true if they apply in their junior year in college. If the conditional green card does not arrive by the time they need to start their new job following graduation, they could always use OPT to fill the gap while waiting for their green card. Employers w i l l be much more recept ive to hire them on a permanent basis if they are convinced that the student would be using the OPT as a bridge until labor certification following the initial step of the EB-5 process, that is I-526 approval. Lastly, seniors could also apply for EB-5 despite being what some may call “late,” since they could add t he mont h s of t he s e n ior yea r to t he OP T months and there is usually enough time to be able to remain in the United States while the application for the EB-5 is pending. EB-5 is certainly not for everyone. Students coming f rom cou nt r ie s t h at e x p e r ie nce re t rog re s sion shou ld b e t h i n k i ng t w ice b e fore ge t t i ng t he i r parents excited about the prospects of immigration, on ly to fi nd t hat t he y need to w a it so long for t he g reen card t hat it was not rea l ly wor t h t he investment of time and money. On the other hand, for citizens of other countries, like India, it might be the only viable option. M arko I ssever is CEO of America EB5 Visa whose mission is to connect international investors with EB-5 issuers. He is also a managing director at Riverside Management Group, where he leads the firm’s EB-5 capital-related activities via its wholly owned subsidiary, BCW Securities. Previously, Issever was a managing director at BNY Mellon, leading the firm’s financial institutions derivative sales business globally. Issever earned his MBA in finance from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania. He is also a graduate of Bogazici University and Robert College, located in Istanbul. Sources 1 https://www.hccmis.com/blog/study-abroad/4-ways-to-work-in-the-us-with-a- student-visa/ 2 https://www.geekwire.com/2016/obama-creating-startup-visas-encourage- foreign-entrepreneurs-start-companies-u-s/ 3 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-01/trump-booted-foreign- startup-founders-other-countries-embraced-them 4 https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/nri/visa-and-immigration/ uscis-sought-additional-information-for-60-h-1b-applications-last-quarter/ articleshow/68163232.cms 5 https://www.voanews.com/a/international-students-can-use-us-investor-visa- to-gain-green-card/4609136.html 6 https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/09/stem-majors- jobs/568624/ 7 https://www.lcrcapital.com/blog/eb5-best-option-for-studying-in-us/ 8 https://www.eb5daily.com/eb5-to-attend-top-us-colleges/ 9 https://www.christiantylerproperties.com/en/eb5studentbenefitsblog/ 10 https://www.eb5insights.com/2018/09/11/maintaining-eligibility-for- permanent-residence-for-eb-5-investors-nonimmigrant-status/ 11 https://www.studyinternational.com/news/eb5-h1b-work-study-visa-us/ 12 https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/e-2-treaty- investors 13 https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/ fees/treaty.html 14 http://www.immigrationlawgroup.net/eb-5-direct-investment 15 https://www.joorney.com/the-eb-5-business-plan-what-is-matter-of-ho/ 16 https://behringcompanies.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002678414- What-EB-5-Investors-Need-to-Know-About-Retrogression 17 https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2019/ visa-bulletin-for-january-2019.html