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The Road to College Admissions

Lost for where to start your journey to attending a top U.S. college? Wondering if you’re behind your peers? Confused about what step comes next?

We have a map to help you find your way. There are steps you can take all four years of high school to improve your candidacy for a top university acceptance. With hard work and the right guidance, you can make it to the finish line! 

This guide walks you through each high school semester, but don’t forget to take advantage of those summers, too! Even if your teachers or peers aren’t thinking ahead, summer break is the perfect opportunity to set yourself apart.

Here are some suggestions for your superstar summers:

  • Rising Freshman Summer: Reach out to friends and look at the list of clubs you can join. You can also brush up on fundamental subjects.
  • Rising Sophomore Summer: Practice target skills, take a class at a local community college or online, build good writing and study habits, and explore extracurricular and academic interests.
  • Rising Junior Summer: Take more advanced courses in subject areas that most interest you. Start participating in camps or competitions. Start narrowing down your list of schools and majors. Prepare for standardized tests.
  • Rising Senior Summer: Apply for competitive summer programs, internships, and hands-on opportunities to set yourself apart. Begin the actual college applications.
  • Final Summer before college: Some schools offer bridge classes to help you adjust to college workloads. Otherwise – spend time with your family, check off any bucket list activities in your hometown, and get excited about your new home for the next few years!

Navigating the college application process can be challenging – that’s why we recommend speaking to a college counselor. Empowerly connects you with a team of college admission experts, handpicked based on your interests & goals. Whether you’re looking to develop your extracurricular profile or need support with summer programs or college applications, our counselors can boost your admissions chances to your dream college. 

Learn more about Empowerly here or call +1(800)491-6920.

 

EB-5: The Best (and Only?) Option for Many Indian Nationals

It is not easy being a citizen of India who wants to live and work in the U.S. with plans to become a permanent resident or U.S. citizen. Indian nationals face a coordinated series of hurdles and roadblocks.

Both OPT and H-1B are under attack. If a foreign national is lucky enough to be selected in the H-1B lottery, new adjudication interpretations are making it even more difficult to get H-1B petitions approved. If approved, extensions are not assured since USCIS has now stated it will give no deference to its previous approval. There are also plans to remove the regulation allowing certain H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in the U.S.

If an employer sponsors a successful labor certification application, the Indian national will then go into the EB-2 or EB-3 quota. A conservative estimate for how long that wait will be is 15 to 20 years or more. During that time, he cannot leave his employer or be promoted. Even the very restrictive EB-1 (extraordinary ability) category has recently become subject to a lengthy quota backlog.

This leaves one opportunity for the Indian national seeking to obtain permanent resident status in the reasonably near future: EB-5. While the minimum $500,000 investment amount means it is certainly not an option for all, it is for some – – either through their own means or through gifts. EB-5 allows the Indian citizen flexibility in his employment, including the ability to be promoted or to switch employers without affecting his green card application.

On September 12, NES Financial will be hosting an informational webinar called “H-1B to EB-5: Stay Permanently, Work Anywhere” to educate those interested in learning the requirements, process, and realistic timeline to obtain a green card through the EB-5 program. The speakers will discuss how to avoid the pitfalls of the program and how to identify good EB-5 investments. Speakers will include top-level executives from EB-5 industry-leading companies: NES Financial, Klasko Immigration Law Partners, and CanAm Enterprises. To register, please click here.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/h-1b-to-eb-5-visa-seminar-stay-permanently-work-anywhere-tickets-48290269496?aff=IndiaCurrents

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The Art of College Admissions

Discover what it REALLY takes to get into college from professional admissions experts.

Getting into college is a long and often challenging process. Students are trying to figure out how to present themselves as “unique” on their college applications all while keeping up their grades in school, extra-curricular activities, social lives and more.

So, how do families go about beginning to plan for college admissions? The first step for many is gathering as much information as possible! A great way to do this is by attending a college admissions information seminar.  

Join Insight Education at the Hyatt Place Fremont on Saturday, July 21 for our free community seminar on The Art of College Admissions. The 2-hour seminar covers a range topics including recent admissions trends, standardized testing, what ‘holistic admissions’ really means, what you can do to maximize your changes of admissions and an overall look at how the college admissions landscape has changed- and continues to do so! We will also have plenty of time for questions from the audience and time for you to talk with our team of professional college admissions counselors.

Insight Education have been working with families for more than 18 years to guide students through the complex admissions landscape. We firmly believe that high school should be about more than just preparing for college admissions, and as such work alongside students to help shape these important 4-years into experiences that you will enjoy and treasure.  

Make sure to register your seat at the seminar by visiting Eventbrite HERE. The seminar will be capped at 60 people so we have a chance to interact with you one-on-one and share advice specific to your students. Check in is at 9:40am for a prompt presentation start time of 10.00am!

We look forward to seeing you there and if you have any questions before hand, please feel free to reach out to holly@insight-education.net