Diverse Business Leader
Vivek Malik came to the United States in 2002 from Chandigarh, India, as a 24-year-old university student and was awestruck. Now, outside of his work as one of St. Louis’ leading immigration attorneys at Lashly & Baer, he helps foreign students gain admittance to American schools through Pacifica Consultants, a for-profit company registered in India that he started in 2008. Malik, 33, also works closely with St. Louis’ Bosnian and Bhutanese communities and organizes free seminars for recent graduates through the Network of Indian Professionals (NIP).
What do you enjoy most about your work?
The passion I have is helping immigrants from different areas pursuing the common dream of having a wonderful, successful life in this country.
Why did you decide to start Pacifica Consultants?
The company is handled by professionals who graduated from top-notch engineering and management schools. There are a lot of frivolous agencies that guarantee placement to students who have paid a lot of money and then leave them in the lurch. My presence in the United States as an attorney working in the area of immigration law is a trust factor with the universities and students.
What has been your biggest challenge?
The policies the U.S. government has in regards to immigration. I would like to see something in real terms happening in this field, like comprehensive immigration reform being passed which would take care of the problems.
How did you find adjusting to life in the U.S.?
I was in awe. Big buildings. Big bridges. Big roads. Coming from a country where everything is so close-knit, it was a little difficult for the first few weeks. In this country, everything is so individualistic. But after school started, I made some friends and it got easier. Then I started loving it.
This article appeared at: http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2010/09/13/focus20/