Benefits

OVER 1 MILLION INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ON U.S. CAMPUSES…

Record Number Of International Students

 

Given the overwhelming surge in applications from international students, the competition for acceptance into American universities is fiercer than ever.

The number of Indian students studying in the U.S. jumped by almost 25% in the 2015/2016 academic year.

BLOOMBERG

Closing The Door?

Number of student from India at American colleges and universities.

Share of all international students

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS STREAM
INTO US COLLEGES

By Region of origin

Asia 855807
Europe 91567
North/Central America and the Caribbean 74602
South America 54742
Africa 49552
Australia and Pacific islands 6335

Note: Figures include 105,173 language-training students and 120,582 students in primary, secondary and non degree programs.

Asia

China 331371
India 146336
South Korea 87384
Saudi Arabia 80941
Japan 26187
Rest of Asia 183488

By school of study

U. of Southern California 12480
Purdue University 10516
Columbia University 10436
U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 10352
New York University 10334

Source: Department of Homeland Security & THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

…THIS HAS LED TO INCREASED COMPETITION FOR H-1B VISAS

The H-1B Employment Visa Has Never Been Tougher To Obtain

 

Given the increased number of international students, foreign university students and graduates are subject to a highly competitive annual lottery system in order to obtain the required H-1B employer-sponsored visa.
The requirement to be “sponsored” by an employer after graduation causes a competitive disadvantage for top positions and reduces the opportunity to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.

Remove Uncertainty From Your Children’s Employment Options

 

  • In the April of each year, the USCIS holds an annual lottery and awards 85K H-1B available visas from hundreds of thousand of applicants
  • Many top U.S. companies (e.g. PwC, BCG, Morgan Stanley) rarely interview foreign students for summer internships or permanent positions
  • U.S. companies typically will rescind the job offer if the student is unsuccessful in the lottery

I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers for every visa and immigration program. No exceptions.

 

– Donald Trump,
March 6, 2016

LIFECYCLE OF A TYPICAL INTERNATIONAL STUDENT IN THE U.S.

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Student Type

University U.S. Residents/
Green Card Holders
International
9.4% 0.03%
4.7% 1.1%
21.3% 8.2%
70-80% 6%

College/Graduate School >>

HIGHER TUITION RATES

U.S. Green Card holders may qualify for reduced “instate” tuition rates.
As an example, this difference at UC Berkeley is over $28K annually.

DIFFICULTY SECURING EMPLOYMENT

Without a U.S. Green Card, students seeking employment in the U.S. must:

  • Find an employer willing to sponsor international students via an H-1B Visa
  • Win the annual H-1B Lottery, which currently has a 25% success rate.
  • Most industries, however, do not recruit or interview international students (eg. finance, law, medicine) due to these low success rates.

Employment >>

LIMITED CONTROL OVER CAREER

Employees working on an H-1B visa face additional challenges including:

  • Limited career mobility/advancement based on need to remain with sponsor company
  • Lower annual compensation than U.S. green card holders (average 20%-25% less)
  • Forgone entrepreneurial and start-up opportunities
  • Much longer waiting times than other nationalities due to priority dates (9 to 12 years waiting periods, on average)
  • General life/career uncertainty

H-1B VISA HOLDERS FACE SIGNIFICANT RISKS AND ROADBLOCKS VS. U.S. GREEN CARD HOLDERS OBTAINED VIA EB-5 VISA

EB-5

  • Invest $500K and File I-526 Petition
  • Receive U.S. Green Card (90% success rate)

Receive U.S. Green Card in~18-24 months

H1-B Visa

  • Secure job offer from a U.S. Company willing to sponsor under an H-1B Visa
  • Win annual H-1B Lottery (~25% success rate)
  • Wait up to 6 years for U.S. company to choose whether they would like to sponsor employee for a U.S. Green Card.
  • Wait up to 6 years for U.S. company to choose whether they would like to sponsor employee for a U.S. Green Card.

Receive U.S. Green Card in 15-18 years

OTHER KEY BENEFITS OF OBTAINING PERMANENT U.S. RESIDENCY

No Special Skills Required

 

No specialized skills required. No travel or age restrictions, and no language skills requirement.

Scholarships

 

As a U.S. green card holder, students may qualify for merit-based scholarships and awards reserved only for U.S.  residents and citizens.

Residency

 

Safety valve back-up plan in situations of political instability or crisis.

Potential Path to U.S. Citizenship

 

Can apply at the five year anniversary of receipt of their conditional resident status.

Lower Tuition Rates

 

As a U.S. green card holder, students may qualify for reduced “in-state” tuition rates.

Lower Financing Costs

 

As a U.S. green card holder, students may benefit from obtaining student loans at much lower rates.

No Expiration Date

 

Once issued, a U.S. Green card can not expire for any EB-5 investor and their children.

Hedge Local Currency Depreciation

 

Use U.S. dollar-denominated EB-5 investment as depreciation hedge vs. local currency.