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Our Mission

The Parachute Project empowers a new generation of students, emphasizing international collaboration and education.

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How We Do It

The Parachute Project program opens pathways for global talent to contribute to the United States economy by training the future U.S. workforce.

We help global talent and their employers secure H-1B visas without the unpredictability of the lottery.

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At the heart of our mission are former international students and professionals.

We believe they hold the key to enriching the U.S. education system for students across the country.

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Secure your future in the US by getting an H-1B visa without the unpredictability of the lottery

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Who We Are

We’re a passionate group of former international students and professionals that know how hard it is to be successful in the U.S.

Our Leadership

Don Collins

Don Collins

Executive Director

Don is an accomplished professional with a rich background in connecting international talent with opportunities in the U.S. technology sector. He is currently the Executive Director of The Parachute Project. Prior to joining, Don led the Silicon Valley Internship Program, successfully matching top international STEM graduates with Silicon Valley startups, overseeing the sponsorship of necessary U.S. visas. Don’s experience extends to Product Management, having previously built software products in the telecommunications tech space. Don’s strong commitment to innovation in the space is complemented by a background in navigating complex immigration processes.

Ali Ramezanzadeh

Ali Ramezanzadeh

Legal Counsel

Ali is a highly-skilled lawyer currently serving as pro bono Counsel at The Parachute Project, and Chief Compliance Officer at Ellis Technologies, a premier, tech-enabled immigration law firm. With a deep background in immigration law, Ali brings a specialized perspective to his responsibilities, having previously served in the immigration and global mobility legal tech space, helping guide two successful corporate acquisitions. Prior to that, Ali worked as a Senior Attorney at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, the world’s largest immigration law firm. Earlier in his legal career, Ali served as a Congressional Aide and Counsel to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, specializing in immigration policy and casework.

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