Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the recommendations column that responds to immigration-related questions about working at innovation business.

“Your concerns are crucial to the spread of knowledge that enables people all over the world to increase above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration attorney. “Whether you remain in individuals ops, a creator or seeking a job in Silicon Valley, I would love to answer your questions in my next column.”

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Dear Sophie:

I’m currently in the U.S. on a business visitor visa. I arrived here in early March right before the COVID-19 pandemic began here to scope out the U.S. market for expanding the start-up I co-founded in Bolivia a few years back.

I had actually only planned to stay a couple months, but got stuck. Now my company has some real opportunities to expand. How can I remain and begin working?

— Satisfied in San Jose

Hey, Satisfied!

Pleased for the jobs you’ll be producing in the U.S. considering that you desire to stay in the U.S. and broaden your startup. The U.S. economy significantly gain from entrepreneurs like you who come here to innovate. Considering that you’re already in the U.S., you may have options to change your status without departing.

You can look for an extension of status for another six months if you were granted a stay of 6 months when you were admitted most recently with your B-1 visitor visa. There are extra options we can explore that would enable you work authorization. For more information on a few of the choices I’ll go over here and for extra visa and green card alternatives for startup founders, check out my podcast on “What is U.S. Start-up Creator Migration? A Step-By-Step Guide for Beginners.”

Since a lot of green cards (immigrant visas) take longer than nonimmigrant (momentary) visas, a conservative strategy to pursue would be to discover another momentary nonimmigrant status (what is frequently nicknamed a “visa”)– instead of a green card, which takes longer– that will enable you to develop and grow your startup in the U.S. without needing to go back to Bolivia.

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.