While many immigrants have stories about chasing the American Dream, each one is unique. My story began in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, though after many years of growing up in the city’s international environment, my parents relocated to Australia. Although Australia was very different from a cultural perspective, my new homeland afforded me the privilege of learning a new language in a beautiful destination and developing valuable friends. Despite growing up in Rio and living in Australia, I developed the desire to move to America from a very young age. Upon graduating high schooI, I enrolled in University of Miami’s School of Business and earned my degree in finance and economics. My college experience encouraged me to take steps to become a US resident and subsequently a citizen. Miami, and the United States in general, feel more like home than any other place I have ever lived. My friends, college education, and future career were all in Miami. While still in college, I tested the waters by attending various networking events and sending my resume out to several companies. My resume was well received, garnering return phone calls and interviews. However, my dream was soon shattered by the fact that most of the companies I interviewed with were thrilled to have me but couldn't proceed due to sponsorship limitations. Everything I had been planning for my entire life was being limited by immigration legislation, which I neither understood nor controlled. After all of my sacrifices and hard work, I began to wonder if my dreams could truly be realized.
Since employers had a difficult time hiring me to the positions in which I would excel, I decided to choose a different path and started two start-up companies. For the first venture, I collaborated with a business partner—an immigrant who had experienced similar hiring limitations. Together, we developed an innovative mobile application that will not only capture the attention of more dominant players in the market, but also shift the manner in which users exchange meaningful information. My second company—a solo venture—specializes in real estate, focusing on high-end properties and working with Fortune 500 companies looking to expand their market share through multiple points of sale. My dream is to provide consumers with what they need as well as attract the attention of industry leaders who will become an intricate part of our growth and success, allowing my company to offer sponsorship opportunities to talented foreigners.