Immigrant entrepreneurs are a driving force behind many of America’s tech startups. But it can be hard for them to get to the US in the first place and find the right resources to help them.
The US immigration system is an alphabet soup of visas. Many aspiring entrepreneurs arrive as international students on F-1 visas. They might get hired at a tech company, extend their stay through OPT and, if they’re lucky, win the lottery for an H-1B visa. Those with "exceptional abilities" may be eligible for an O visa, and deep-pocketed investors can apply for an E visa.
Insider is compiling a list of the top lawyers who work with venture-backed startups, venture capital firms, individual founders, and startup employees. The list will be determined by Insider based on our reporting and the names that we receive. We will take into consideration a lawyer’s accomplishments, clients, and reputation in the startup community.
Potential nominees might have secured a rare legal status for their client, like "parole" under the newly reinstated International Entrepreneur Rule. Or, the lawyer could have a high hit-rate of bringing in high-skilled foreign workers for a hyper-growth company.
We want to hear from you. Tell us about the immigration law practices and attorneys that have been the most helpful at helping startups hire and keep the best talent from anywhere.
Please submit your nominations through this form (or below) by Friday, July 9:
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Jack Newsham and Melia Russell July 1, 2021 at 03:00AM