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Happy Wednesday. ✨
Soundarya here, from Unshackled. :)
I flew into San Francisco, CA yesterday. I drove past the Salesforce building on my way to the house, which was nostalgic. Almost exactly 2 years ago, I quit my job as a PM there. Now entering the country on an O1 feels surreal. If you’d like to read the full story behind my O1 visa, check below.
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This week's TL;DR
- Biden's New AI Executive Order for Immigration: Read more
- Masterclass: How to get press without paying a PR agency, Sign up.
- Thinking of moving to Canada? This recording is for you.
📌 UNfold: Top stories
President Joe Biden has signed a groundbreaking AI Executive Order (EO) aimed at enhancing AI safety, security, and equity. The EO seeks to protect privacy, civil rights, and consumer interests while positioning the US as an AI leader. Notably, it streamlines the immigration process for AI experts and skilled professionals, expediting green card applications and reducing visa processing times. The EO also addresses AI bias, emphasizing the importance of fair AI usage in justice and promoting best practices. While comprehensive, some critics argue it lacks enforceable legislative changes.
USCIS clarifies J-1 and L-1 visa policies, impacting sole proprietorships and two-year foreign residence requirements. DHS proposes modernizing the H-1B program to streamline eligibility, program efficiency, and strengthening integrity measures. The proposed H-1B rule seeks to reduce misuse and benefit employers and workers.
Canada has suspended in-person consulate operations in Bengaluru, Chandigarh, and Mumbai, following a diplomatic dispute over the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in British Columbia. The move comes after Canada withdrew 41 diplomats from India. Despite the tensions, bilateral trade continues, with India denying any involvement in the leader's murder. Visa processing times may be affected, but Canada emphasizes its strong connection with Indian citizens. India's foreign ministry defends the downsizing of Canada's diplomatic presence.
🎁 UNlock: Relevant resources
Want to get PR for your work without paying a PR agency? This masterclass is for you. Daniela Herrera is a Talent and DEI Consultant, Speaker, and Career Coach with 17 years of experience in Recruitment, Talent Operations, and Leadership. In this session, she will teach you how building a powerful professional brand on LinkedIn can attract the media, press, and speaking opportunities you need and want. You don't wanna miss this! (This webinar is being conducted as part of the Unshackled online community.)
On September 12th, 2023, I got my O-1A extraordinary visa approved as the solo founder of an educational venture that publishes books & builds communities.
This is the FIRST masterclass where I will be diving deep into my journey to help you -- an ambitious immigrant -- build your roadmap and reach your end goal. You don't wanna miss this! (This webinar is being conducted as part of the Unshackled online community.)
BONUS: You get a free copy of my book with the ticket.
We interviewed Monish Khambhat on his journey toward relocating to Canada! After several failed H-1B lottery attempts, Monish's future in the US was uncertain, until the opportunity to relocate to Canada with MobSquad was presented. In less than four weeks, Monish obtained a Canadian work permit and relocated to Vancouver, where he continues to support his US company, nearshore. This was originally conducted within the Unshackled community. If you'd like to join it (and get free consults from lawyers & O-1/EB-1 recipients), use this private link for a 10% discount!
🪄 UNveil: This week’s sponsor
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🥳 UNshackled: What's happening in the community?
Exciting news: we’re almost at 300 members on unshackled.club! As the members are growing, so is the value that everyone is able to get — from interacting with and collaborating with each other. Surreal to see how we started with 0 just a year ago.
Besides the above, here's what brewin' in the community:
- Upcoming masterclass with yours truly: I'm doing my FIRST masterclass to help you get sh*t done toward your O1/EB1 visa goal. This is free for members -- but you can also join by paying $50. Bonus: you get a free copy of my book.
- Upcoming masterclass with Daniela Herrera: In this session, Daniela will teach you how building a powerful professional brand on LinkedIn can attract the media, press, and speaking opportunities you need and want Join the session for $30. You can access the recording if you miss it.
- Launching Masterclass Library: I’m thrilled to launch our masterclass library, filled with 20+ short videos on focused topics around O1, EB1, & starting your company.
- [Coming soon] Case Study Library: Imagine if there was a library filled with case studies of past O-1/EB-1 recipients from 10 unique fields, sharing exactly how they got to the finish line. Coming soon.
- [Coming soon] O-1A self-assessment tool: I'm collaborating with the Schmidt Futures organization to build a tool that will give you a personalized roadmap for your O-1 journey. This will be open source.
Whenever you're ready to join the community, use this private link that lets you join for $539 (10% off). Once you join, get access to top lawyers, O-1/EB-1 mentors, weekly events, & a roadmap to reach your goal.
Until next week, stay wonderful.