International students who applied to the EB-5 program can file a concurrent adjustment of status and don’t need to go through the OPT application process. In addition, the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act 2022 allows EB-5 applicants who live in the US with a current valid visa to apply for file for Concurrent Adjustment of Status, being able to remain in the United States and obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). This means that H-1B visa holders can apply for a work permit, allowing them more freedom to look for the best work opportunity and not necessarily rely on employer sponsorship.
The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is a US federal program that allows qualified investors and their immediate families to obtain permanent residency by making an investment in the US that creates jobs. By investing $800,000 over 5-7 years, applicants can ask for a work permit while waiting for their conditional green cards (on average, within 24 to 36 months of the EB-5 visa application).
Access to merit-based scholarships and students loans: obtain selective scholarships that are not available to international students without a green card
Full access to on campus recruiting: professional employment opportunities (internships and full-time) are limited for students needing sponsorships
Green Card Holders
H-1B Visa Holders
✓ Potential to work for startups and smaller organizations not eligible for other visas
✓ Freedom to seek a new employer without visa sponsorship concerns
✓ No limit on employment geography
✓ Ability to start your own business
✓ Eligible for Social Security benefits upon retirement
X Forced to limit job search to larger, layered corporate organizations
X Potentially forced to look for employment outside areas of interest
X Geographic limitations when searching for employers
X Required to consistently monitor changes in immigration rules
X Security restrictions for noncitizens limits government employment opportunities
LCR’s team of specialists is fluent in both Portuguese and English, with the necessary expertise in immigration investment to advise clients.
Together, the team helps potential investors examine the opportunity in detail to determine whether US permanent residency would meet your family's needs.
LCR assists clients choose a project that offers strong, conservative investment to ensure that the process is as smooth as possible, focusing on capital preservation and job creation.