Monitoring practical developments in immigration law practice, theVISAGeek™ provides timely and insightful immigration law guideposts

TheVISAGeek™ is a publication of the immigration law firm of Lipson & Pretorius LLP. With over 50 years combined experience, we focus on immigration law for Entrepreneurs, Start-ups, Investors, Business and Research professionals as well as Artists and Entertainers worldwide.


Eric Schmidt on Immigration

“U.S. Government Immigration Policy Downright Stupid” In an article on Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt discussed various matters including his clear disgust with the current immigration climate in the U.S. Schmidt was eager to vent his frustrations about the immigration bill stalling on Capitol Hill and stated: “The policy of America to deny visas to technically… 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, 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 »

NIW and EB-1 Citations: How Many Are Enough?

Scholars from non-science and technology fields can take a different approach. As we have consistently advised our clients, 150 citations seems to be a good rule of thumb for National Interest Waiver and EB-1 cases, but this is a norm from science and engineering (STEM) fields. What do we do about scholars/researchers in other fields… 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 »

Same-Sex Marriage Green Card Update

Director Mayorkas of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services stated publicly that same-sex marriage based green card cases could now be processed. This is truly a historic  moment and gives the go ahead for the preparation and filings of these cases. After the DOMA decision this was expected but it sure is nice to get… 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 »

Gay Marriage and Immigration Green Card Filings

Same-Sex Couples Can File For Green Card Immigration Benefits As DOMA was overturned today in a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court ( , the next question for same-sex couples is how to apply for immigration benefits in order to process Green Cards and convert a foreign national spouse into a U.S. Permanent Resident. Note… Read more »