Rod Sweetman is known as an expert in employment immigration and management of the EB5 Investment Visa process. He is gifted at managing dozens of cases simultaneously, cutting through red tape and solving complex bureaucratic issues.
His early career took him to Washington, where he worked for Lockheed-Martin as a Counter-terrorism Intelligence Analyst. His policymaking experience includes immigration, military, veteran affairs and federal communication issues. Rod’s policy ideas eventually helped Blanche Lincoln to become the youngest woman ever elected to the United State Senate.
He served as Deputy State Director and Federal Agency Liaison for Senator Blanche Lincoln, where he rapidly became the expert in Immigration and Veteran Affairs casework. He was designated Arkansas Military Liaison in a 24x7 high-demand environment. As a result of his efforts, Arkansas was recognized by the US Department of Veteran Affairs as delivering the best care to veterans.
Rod makes people feel at ease, knowing their immigration or visa problems will be solved in a timely way. On Senator Lincoln’s staff, he achieved a 98% approval rating for managing 2,000+ immigration cases for constituents. His clients say he is compassionate, competent and highly effective as an advocate.
More recently, Rod created the Arkansas International Finance Corporation out of a desire to address immigration and foreign investment issues. He is currently Foreign Trade and Economic Development Advisor for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, managing 15-20 immigration cases each week for corporate employers. Rod is rapidly becoming a national leader in the EB5 Visa area and the emerging field of re-shoring businesses. Key clients include Murphy Oil, Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, JB Hunt and numerous nationwide farming operations.
Rod is known as a trailblazer in the field of immigration and re-shoring. He is creative, resourceful and passionate about his work. His passion is helping people, solving problems by dealing with the powerful to create equality for the powerless.
Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Rod knew his career would involve serving people who lack power and need an advocate. On the schoolyard, he was the one who came to the rescue when bullies attacked the powerless. After high school graduation, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, following in the footsteps of his father, who was a freelance journalist and novelist. He later earned a Masters degree in Public Relations, and is currently working on a PhD in Public Policy. Rod resides in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife and daughter.