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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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