Entrepreneurs and Business Start-ups

Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Options Without Work Authorization

So you want to get in on the ground floor of a start- up but have no work authorization from USCIS. Is that the end of the dream? Since we are located in the heart of Silicon Valley, we get frequent inquiries from F-1 students not on OPT, visitors, and even H-4 visa holders –… Read more »


Current Startup Visa Options are Seriously Flawed

The current immigration framework is very unkind to non-U.S. citizen entrepreneurs. As roughly half of all the Silicon Valley startups have at least one foreign-born founder (http://tinyurl.com/249rh3w) this is a major issue in the greater San Jose and San Francisco Bay area. Unfortunately I sometimes come across individual clients with fantastic tech ideas, enthusiasm, goals, and… Read more »


Can I Get a Green Card with my L-1 Visa

A frequent question that arises in my processing of L-1 visa and permanent residency, green card, applications is whether L-1 applicants can obtain a Green Card.  The answer is yes, L-1 foreign nationals who are managers and executives under the L-1 program are eligible for the “priority workers” Employment Based Green Card category, also known… Read more »


Immigrants to the U.S. are 27% more likely to start businesses

Economy, Entrepreneurs, Immigration In an article published by Bloomberg Business Week, found at http://tinyurl.com/ouxw4f7, it was once again clearly evidenced that immigrants into the U.S. are extremely critical in maintaining the entrepreneurial movement in the U.S. This article cites a statistic from a Barclay’s report that, “First-generation immigrants to the U.S. are 27 percent more… Read more »


Immigrants are more likely to be Entrepreneurial

Immigrants and Entrepreneurship In a very interesting study focusing on the likelihood of foreign national immigrants to be entrepreneurs in the U.S., as compared to U.S. citizens, it is apparent that immigrants are more likely to be entrepreneurial. In the silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area this is clearly the case as roughly half… Read more »


The L-1 Visa and Green Card Applications

Can I Get a Green Card with my L-1 Visa? A frequent question that arises in my processing of L-1 visa and permanent residency, green card, applications is whether L-1 applicants can obtain a Green Card.  The answer is yes, L-1 foreign nationals who are managers and executives under the L-1 program are eligible for… Read more »


Visa Waiver Program and Business Visitor Visas

B-1 Visa v. Visa Waiver Programs For those wishing to enter as business visitors, the procedure will vary based on your country of nationality (the country from which you hold a passport). Note that the information herein provided is general in nature and is only intended for information purposes. No representations or legal advice is… Read more »


A Movement Towards Start-Up Immigration Reform

Immigration reform is so critically important to the start-up communities as the current visa options that exist for entrepreneurs to enter on nonimmigrant visas and move towards permanent resident green cards are extremely difficult to navigate at this point in time. A lot of this has to do with outdated visa options that have not… Read more »


Needed Immigration Reform for Start-Ups and their Founders

As the U.S. start-up visa options at this time are extremely limited and challenging to obtain, particularly in light of the way that start-ups (particularly in the tech industry) are operated, there is a true need for reform. The proposed options would be much more tailored to the manner in which current business models function… Read more »


Startup Visa Options are Current Seriously Flawed

The current immigration framework is very unkind to non-U.S. citizen entrepreneurs. As roughly half of all the Silicon Valley startups have at least one foreign-born founder (http://tinyurl.com/249rh3w) this is a major issue in the greater San Jose and San Francisco Bay area. Unfortunately I sometimes come across individual clients with fantastic tech ideas, enthusiasm, goals, and… Read more »