The last comprehensive immigration reform took place in 1990. Yep, that was 33 years ago. Pre-internet, social media, and the world you know today.
So we spend the first section explaining why it's taken 33 years, and why you can't wait for Congress to take action. It's time you do it yourself, and we want to help.
You probably know about the F-1 OPT and H-1B. But, did you know you could start a company on your OPT? Or skip the H-1B lottery altogether by applying for a cap-exempt one? Oh and you too can apply for the O-1 "extraordinary ability" visa, even if you don't have a Nobel Prize.
This section is the crux of the book where we'll take you through popular as well as not-so-popular visa routes you can take. Each chapter will come with the story of an immigrant who walked that path.
Most people think of the EB-2 or EB-3 PERM when they think of a green card. But, there are three other ways to get it. While Part 2 will help you thrive on a visa, Part 3 will show you the paths you can take to get your green card, and in turn complete autonomy.
Given the insane backlogs built up in recent years for Indian nationals, the EB-1 has become a hopeful alternative for many. Maybe you're thinking of it too? Well, leave it to us to help you get a headstart in your application.
When you reach Part 4, just know that you would’ve mastered how immigration works in America. But, before you leave us, we want to give an honest overview of what’s on the immigration horizon in America, and share the ways you can get involved with advocacy.
Finally, if you do decide the U.S. is not right for you, that’s okay. We’ll talk about a few other key countries that have been welcoming immigrants for the past decade and give you a map to go there. If you’re thinking, “Is it all worth it? Is immigrating to another country worth it?” Well, come find the answer!
That could be getting your EB-1 green card, building your startup on an O-1, bypassing the H-1B lottery, or maybe deciding America is not right for you.
Our goal with the book & community is to ensure you make the most informed decision & get all the help you can along the way.
But it’s okay that I don’t since I’m still a student. However, when I graduate from UTD, I don't want to continue staying in this oblivion.
I want to know all the pathways I have as an immigrant and be in control of my future in this country. Unshackled is the closest book that comes to answering these questions, written by two people who I fully trust.