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Dear Sophie:

What are the visa potential customers for a graduate finishing an advanced degree at a university in the United States who wishes to co-found a startup after graduation? Can the brand-new startup or my co-founders sponsor me for a visa?

— Fantastic in Berkeley

Dear Brilliant,

Thank you for your concerns and for your contributions. The U.S. economy greatly gain from entrepreneurial individuals like you who produce business– and jobs– in the U.S.

Let me take your second question first: Yes, it is in theory possible for your startup to sponsor you for a visa, and for one of your co-founders to be your manager. Numerous visas and work green cards need a business to sponsor you and for you to demonstrate that a valid employer-employee relationship exists.

Provided your circumstance, timing will be key, particularly given that one of your finest visa choices is the H-1B Visa for Specialty Occupations. The variety of H-1B visas released each year is normally topped at 85,000-60,000 for individuals with a bachelor’s degree and 25,000 for people with a master’s or greater degree. Because of the cap on H-1B visas and since the need for them far outstrips the supply, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Provider (USCIS) holds a lottery game once a year in the spring to determine who can make an application for this visa.

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.