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Non-Immigrant Visas for Entrepreneurs

Investor Visa - U.S. Immigration Lawyer

While reviewing the USCIS Entrepreneurs in Residence Program visa guide webpage, I became concerned that some may get the wrong idea.  The website indicates that the following visas are appropriate for Entrepreneurs:

  1. B1 Business Visa
  2. F1 OPT
  3. H1B Visa
  4. O1 Visa
  5. L1 Visa
  6. E2 Visa

For entrepreneurs, I agree that an E2 visa is generally an appropriate visa however the other visas really aren’t intended for investment and entrepreneurship.  Practically speaking, they are actually risky visas for entrepreneurship and put entrepreneurs at risk not only for their having the visa petition denied, but losing their investment and businesses after they have been started.

As an immigration lawyer and owner of a law firm, I consider myself an entrepreneur and small businessman.  So working with foreign entrepreneurs has been something very near and dear to my heart.  Below is some of my thoughts regarding these options for investors and entrepreneurs.

1. B1 Business Visa – Its very common for an entrepreneur to come to the US an B1 for business meetings, look for office space, conduct due diligence, meeting with potential employees, investors, vendors, and clients.… Continue reading...

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform 2013: Fight or flight?

Comprehensive Immigration Reform 2013 - Chicago Immigration Lawyer

The Immigration Reform 2013 debate, or rather “fight” is forming its foundation after having been lingering as a broken system for years.  This lingering has unfortunately been the cause of politics as opposed to doing what’s right for the country.  There have been repeated attempts to fix the system but unfortunately a lack of follow through by Congress.  No example makes this clearer than the frequent attempts by President George W Bush to repair the broken immigration system during his eight years as President.

Immigration Reform under Bush’s Presidency

President Bush attempted to secure the borders, create a guest worker program, add more H1B visas, and most notably pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform.  Love his politics or hate his politics, he at least tried to address the problems but ultimately failed at each attempt by the resistance in Congress.  For a list of some of President Bush’s speeches on Immigration, Ontheissues.org has compiled quotes from President Bush’s speeches regarding Immigration seen in this link.… Continue reading...

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Demand for Permanent Residence in the United States – Unfortunately Supply is Outpaced by Demand!

There was a recent article from the New York Times entitled “Wary of Future, Professionals Leave China in Record Numbers”    The gist of the article is that Chinese professionals are leaving China due to their concern over the Chinese government’s communist policies and leaving for Western countries such as the U.S., Australia, and India.  The article stated that in 2011,” the United States received 87,000 permanent residents from China, up from 70,000 the year before. Chinese immigrants are driving real estate booms in places as varied as Midtown Manhattan, where some enterprising agents are learning Mandarin, to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, which offers a route to a European Union passport.”

I definitely agree with the economic catalyst that immigration from overseas professionals provides to the United States.  Clearly the professionals from China contribute a great deal to their communities in terms of economic benefits, skilled labor, and in social diversity.  The problem in my opinion and experience as an Immigration Lawyer, is that the U.S.Continue reading...

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Foreign Entrepreneurs and the Revolving Door


There is a fascinating book that recently came out authored by Professor Vivek Wadhwa and Professor Dan Siciliano entitled “The Immigrant Exodus”, which can be found at this link.  I have not had the opportunity to read this book as it just came out on October 2, 2012 but reviewed the synopsis while researching this article.  In a nutshell, the book looks to argue that the amount of U.S. immigrant-founded start-ups is down, which is the first time in history.  The implications are a brain drain from the U.S. as foreign entrepreneurs take their ideas and capitals outside the U.S. having dire consequences to our economy.  This is something I have been arguing in this blog and to my peers and friends.  As an immigration attorney in Chicago, it is very frustrating to watch.  I have many clients come in to my office, tell me about this great business that they would like to start, where they would like to start it, and how they want to get it going.… Continue reading...

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“Blueseed” – a Investor Visas and Work Visas Black Market for Entrepreneur

I recently read an article about a cruise ship intended to house start up company’s and their entrepreneurs and employees off the shores of Northern California within close proximity to Silicon Valley.  As you know Silicon Valley is one of the most important technology and entrepreneurship hubs in the United States and world.  It is a magnet of some of the greatest minds in the world, mainly in technology and business, as well as in other disciplines.  Silicon Valley is home to start ups and now established company’s such as Google, Facebook, Hewlett Packard, and Cisco, just to name a few.

The article states that the “idea behind Blueseed is to provide a visa-free locale where foreign entrepreneurs can create technology companies that utilize resources in Silicon Valley without having to deal with the cumbersome process of obtaining a U.S. visa. As an Immigration Lawyer, that is really a powerful quote.  In other words, businesses and entrepreneurs from the U.S.… Continue reading...

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