EB5 Investors Magazine Volume 7, Issue 1 - Page 20

EB5 INVESTORS M AGAZINE 18 POST-GRADUATION Many foreign students want to stay in the U.S. after graduation, but that can be very challenging. 11 In the past, the H-1B work visa provided a relatively straightforward path to remain in the U.S. However, H-1B, which used to be a relatively reliable path for many foreign nationals who have job opportunities to stay in the United States, has become increasingly difficult in recent years. The categor y has been oversubscribed for years, necessitating a lottery in which fewer than 40% of qualified applicants with job offers receive the visa. Increased restrictions under the Trump administration have further discouraged employers from even seeking to hire potential H-1B participants. The current immigration climate and policy is focused upon hiring U.S. persons for what would normally be H-1B positions. Even under the best of circumstances, the H-1B visa is tied to a particular employer, limiting one’s job mobility and placing the visa holder at the mercy of market forces. For the savvy investor, who understands the program and plans carefully, EB-5 can be a great benefit to educational planning. EB-5 presents the ultimate in portability. It isn’t tied to a particular university, job or location. It is a liberation from many sources of stress and anxiety, enabling parents and their children to focus their attention where it belongs: planning their children’s best educational and career choices for now and into the future. Nor is it only the present generations who stand to benefit. EB-5 means that generations into the future stand to benefit from all the opportunities of the U.S. R obert G armong is an education and immigration consultant who has helped Chinese students successfully pursue their U.S. education dreams for more than 10 years. With a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Chicago, he taught business ethics and philosophy in the U.S. and China for many years before leaving academia to focus on consultancy. Sources 1 https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/news/best-destinations-study- abroad-chosen-parents 2 https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/international-students-united-states 3 https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/13/colleges-foreign-students- trump-985259 4 https://www.forbes.com/sites/hecparis/2018/05/17/the-most-important- leadership-skill-you-probably-never-learned/#69da949f7fc4 5 http://www.collegebound.net/content/article/how-much-does-boarding-school- cost-/18833/ 6 https://news.virginia.edu/content/new-study-finds-low-income-students- do-not-benefit-private-schooling. Original paper: https://journals.sagepub.com/ doi/10.3102/0013189X18785632 7 https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2018/2018303.pdf 8 https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/international-student- counsel/2015/07/20/5-ways-studying-at-a-us-high-school-can-strengthen-a- college-application 9 https://trends.collegeboard.org/college-pricing/figures-tables/2018-19-state- tuition-and-fees-public-four-year-institutions-state-and-five-year-percentage 10 nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d10/tables/dt10_351.asp 11 https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/07/10/599219792/u-s-degree-check-u- s-work-visa-still-a-challenge