Prevented me from taking more risks, Accepting promotions and title changes even if they were lateral. It also prevented me from diversifying and exploring other disciplines. I have been offered very senior positions in smaller companies which I couldn’t take due to risking my visa. Haven’t been able to publish books as it would violate my visa.
A funding of $2M got rejected after approval from a VC, because I couldn’t incorporate a company on visa and couldn’t find a fellow co-founder who’s a citizen or GC holder that was completely invested in the company. Tried setting up a board and getting hired as CEO with employer-employee relationship but VC wasn’t willing to accept a hired executive/founder. Before people ask, have also tried contacting lawyers and setting up through EB5. But couldn’t invest $500k on a project because I don’t have enough cash for it. All this, while I was graduating from one of the top 3 CS schools. Did I mention? Still on OPT and about to be kicked out in 18 months if I don’t get H-1B.