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Both my co-founder and I have E-2 status. We need to find a quick visa option, as a VC investment will dilute our equity and we will no longer be eligible. How long does IEP take? How can we expedite?
As my Indian company continues to grow, I’m considering coming to the U.S. with my family and purchasing a home. What are my best options?
My co-founder and I have E-2 status and we're expecting a VC investment. We are interested in International Entrepreneur Parole, but we’re concerned about timing. Should we consider an alternative?
My goal is to co-found a fintech startup while on an F-1 OPT. I heard that I could to qualify for STEM OPT given the expanded list of STEM fields. Can I continue working at my startup on STEM OPT?
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I’m a U.S. citizen who has been working in Germany. I got engaged but I now need to return to the U.S. to work. Should I seek a K-1 visa or a green card for my fiancée?
As a first-time, early-stage startup founder, I find it difficult to compete against other startups on compensation. Any advice for reducing the cost of recruiting from abroad?
I am currently on F-1 STEM OPT, which expires the first week of June. The company I’m working for is registering me in the H-1B lottery. If I don’t get selected in the lottery, what are my options
My F-1 OPT will run out this June. My employer has agreed to register me in the H-1B lottery in March. What are my options if I’m not selected in the lottery?
I’m an entrepreneur in Guatemala and would like to come to the United States to expand my tech company. What is the best way to do that?
While sightseeing in the U.S., we’d like to explore the feasibility of expanding our business in there. Do we need to get a special visa to do that?
We’re an early-stage startup struggling to recruit. We received some applications from international talent. This is all new territory for us. What’s your advice for hiring internationally?
I’m currently working on OPT for an early-stage biotech startup. I heard that the next lottery will not select H-1B candidates based on the highest salaries paid. What else should I know?
My fiancée is in the U.S. on a K visa. We’re thinking about eloping to Vegas so we can get started on her green card application before a big wedding in her hometown in the spring. Is that allowed?
Here's another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies.
I sponsored my fiancé for a K-1 visa right before the pandemic, but he hasn’t been able to get a visa. Now that travel restrictions to the U.S. have been lifted, what’s the status of visa intervi
I have been applying for positions in the U.S., and one company says that if they hire me and get me an H-1B visa, the filing fees and cost will be taken out of my paycheck. Is that allowed?
My co-founders and I think we might qualify for International Entrepreneur Parole. How long does it take to get IEP approved? How does that compare to other options available to founders?
I run operations at an early-stage startup, and I’ve been tasked with hiring and HR. I’m feeling out of my depth and trying to figure out visa issues for prospective hires. Do you have any advice?