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Unshackled #26: Meet White House immigration expert & ask your questions.

July 13, 2023

I’ve been waiting to share this with you for months now. Finally, it’s official: Doug Rand will be flying in from Washington D.C. to join us for a fireside at the Unshackled launch party on July 22nd, in Silicon Valley.

Now, who’s Doug? Doug joined the White House in 2010 and spent 6 working under President Obama on a bunch of policies to help high-skilled immigrants like you, including the H-4 EAD rule, IEP entrepreneur program & 60-day grace period. What’s more, he’s the co-founder of Boundless Immigration and currently advises the government on policies.

I know you probably have a ton of questions about where US immigration is headed. Come join me — and 250 others — to ask them directly to Doug, and engage in a thoughtful discussion on immigration policy.

Get tickets and join the discussion (promo code: GETUNSHACKLED)

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This week's TL;DR

📌 UNfold: Top stories

Analyzing Canada's New Visa Initiative for U.S. H1B Visa Holders

In our previous newsletter, we talked about Canada’s Tech Talent Strategy that aims at attracting skilled foreign workers, particularly those on H-1B. In case you missed it, Canada is opening its doors to 10,000 H-1B visa holders to relocate and work there, even if you don't have a job offer from an employer. While the initiative is smart and stratetgic, it's worth remembering the downfalls: Canada has a lower pay rate, economy is not great, & it's only open 10,000 slots (leading to more demand than supply).

A Closer Look: India EB-3 Retrogression in Context

Due to an overwhelming demand for EB-3 visas from Indian applicants, there has been a retrogression in the availability of these visas. The EB-3 visa category is designed for skilled workers, professionals, and other workers seeking employment opportunities in the United States. Once the limit is reached, applicants face delays in visa processing or, in some cases, a complete halt in visa issuance until more visa numbers become available in the following fiscal year. Learn more about the reason behind the delays and strategies to navigate it.

H1-B visa program still popular among tech employers even as they cut back

Technology employers in the United States are increasingly seeking work visas amidst a wave of layoffs in the industry. The ongoing shortage of skilled workers, particularly in areas such as software development and engineering, has prompted tech companies to actively recruit talent from overseas. These companies are leveraging work visa programs to access a global pool of skilled professionals who can contribute to their operations and innovation.

🎁 UNlock: Relevant resources

Becoming an entrepreneur on F-1 Visa

I've begun publishing excerpts from my book, Unshackled, on the website. My eventual plan is to publish the whole book for free. This in-depth article talks all about how you can start and build something of your own as a student on F-1 visa (yes, it's possible!). Enjoy reading!

AMA with Ron Matter on decoding the O-1 criteria

In this “Ask Me Anything” session, I interviewed Ron Matten who is a veteran immigration lawyer and the founder of Matten Law. We talked about three criteria under the O-1: original contribution, critical capacity, & awards. This was originally conducted within the Unshackled community. Apply here to join.

Free Webinar: How to move your US job to Canada and get Canadian PR in less than 2 years [July 7th 2023, 11:30AM]

The news last week around Canada's open work permit has everyone looking to Canada as a viable option now! In this free webinar, you'll learn the process of applying for a Canadian PR in depth and speak with Sudeep Datta -- an immigrant who lost the H-1B lottery but won the Canadian citizenship. Sudeep got his Canadian PR within a few years by working with Syndesus.

​💡 None of the information shared in this newsletter is meant to be legal advice. If you're looking for legal advice, speak to a lawyer, or hit reply and let me know so I can connect you with one.

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💫 UNcover: Picks from the internet

🥳 TL;DR on the Unshackled Launch [July 22]

What is it? A 250-member gathering to celebrate the launch of Unshackled, and make lasting connections within the immigrant community.

When & where? July 22nd. 5:00-9:00 PM (with a potential after-party after ;)). Plug & Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA.

Who's coming? 20 O-1/EB-1 extraordinary visa recipients. 10 immigrant founders. 10 investors. 5 lawyers. 5 journalists. 1 White House expert. & dozens of cool people (like yourself).

Why should I come? (a) To make meaningful progress toward your immigration goal, (b) to talk to folks who've been there, done that, (c) to get free consults with lawyers, & (d) to engage in a thoughtful discussion around the future of immigration policy (we all know it's not great right now).

If you'd like to grab one of the 65 tickets remaining, do it soon using the link and promo code below.👇

Get ticket to launch (promo code: GETUNSHACKLED)

Until next week, stay amazing.

​​Yours truly,Soundarya 💚


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