MIGRATING to the USA – What Motivates Brazilians to Move to the United States

According to official data from the U.S. Census Bureau (2020), the Brazilian community in the USA consists of a little more than 499,272 people legally residing in the country. However, according to the Itamaraty (Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), there are over 1.5 million Brazilians living in the United States (including illegal immigrants). The Brazilian community is one of the largest in the country, surpassing Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Chile.

Brazilians who want to live in the United States arrive for various reasons. The main one is work, seeking better income. Following closely are factors like quality of life, security, education, and the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

“When people approach me, one of the first questions I ask is about the reasons that bring them to the United States, what they want to do here, and how they can professionally contribute to Uncle Sam’s land. Among the various responses, most simply seek the opportunity for work and professional growth that the country offers,” says immigration lawyer Dr. Ingrid D. McConville from DM VISA LAW, emphasizing the importance of having these answers well-aligned.

However, we must not forget that, whatever the reason, it is essential to be well-informed about the paths to follow. When it comes to work visas, education is key. Work visas can be tied to an employer or not, requiring exceptional qualities, a high level of education, and extensive proven experience.

Having these qualities may seem challenging, but it is not impossible. Brazilians currently working in the United States are very well accepted and even respected. The professions that qualify are diverse and span various sectors, such as information technology, medicine, engineering, architecture, administration, economics, mechanics, etc.

Entrepreneurs are also always very welcome. Immigration through investment is particularly interesting for self-employed individuals with sufficient assets.

Whatever the reason that takes you to the United States, with good guidance and an experienced lawyer to guide you, the realization of this dream is certainly within reach! Follow the work of Dr. Ingrid on social media and get your questions answered. @dmvisalaw

  • Ingrid Domingues-McConville founded DM VISA LAW – Domingues McConville, P.A. in 1995. She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1995 and a member of the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. Ingrid earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and her law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. With over 27 years of experience in immigration law, Ingrid has represented clients throughout the United States and the world, both in business and family immigration matters. She has helped companies and individuals obtain visas and permanent residence in the United States. Ingrid plays a significant leadership role in the Brazilian community in South Florida and across the United States, providing much-needed legal guidance and advice.