Numerous immigration programs exist to help startup companies grow in the United States. Whether a new company wants to hire specialized workers, hire student interns, or bring specialized workers from foreign affiliates for training or management, the right personnel are essential for a new business to succeed.


In many cases, the owner of a startup business can also qualify for long-term U.S. immigration status through a substantial investment in the local economy using the E-1 or E-2 visa programs. E visas for investors are limited to nationals of designated countries who wish to begin operations or acquire an existing business anywhere in the United States. Those starting a U.S. branch of a foreign business may instead qualify for L-1 manager status, permitting up to seven years’ residence in the United States and eventual permanent residence. In limited cases, a startup founder may qualify for H-1B status as a professional.


Options for work visas for startups can be found on the work visa page. Additionally if the owner of the startup enterprise is on an E-1 or E-2 visa (or eligible for one) certain employees from the same qualifying country may be given an E visa as well.


Compliance with immigration laws is of paramount importance to any employer. Startup employers must be particularly careful about documentation requirements for their new employees. Form I-9 and the E-Verify system permit every employer to ensure the work authorization of each employee.

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Greenberg Visa Law has substantial expertise in aiding startup owners and qualified employees in navigating the intricacies of immigration law including advising on compliance and assisting in compliance audits. Contact us today for a consultation on coming to or remaining in the United States to manage your new investment or on the right classification to fit the best employee into your new business.