Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the suggestions column that answers immigration-related questions about working at innovation business.
“Your concerns are crucial to the spread of knowledge that permits people all over the world to increase above borders and pursue their dreams,” states Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration attorney. “Whether you remain in individuals ops, a founder or seeking a job in Silicon Valley, I would enjoy to answer your questions in my next column.”
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My co-founders and I introduced a software application startup in Iran a couple of years back, and I’m happy to state it’s now flourishing. We wish to expand our company in California.
Now that President Joe Biden has gotten rid of the Muslim ban, is it possible to do that? Is the pandemic still standing in the method? Do you have any ideas?
— Talented in Tehran
Yes, it’s possible! Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic is still making the immigration procedure a bit tough, but remember, where there’s a will, there’s most frequently, in migration law, a method.
On his first day in office in January, Biden rescinded the ban on visas for many majority-Muslim nations, consisting of Iran. The restriction had actually remained in place since 2017 and almost 42,000 visa applications were denied, according to the U.S. Department of State.
Biden also enabled the restrictions on the issuance of L-1, j-1, and h-1b visas and permits at U.S. embassies and consulates that the previous administration put in location in 2015 to lapse.
That implies global start-up creators like you and other global talent living outside the United States can begin considering getting these visas and green cards without necessarily requiring exceptions to do so. In a recent podcast episode, I talked about these and other immigration-related changes, along with those promised by the Biden administration. Take a listen to find out more!
As you most likely understand, a lot of travelers from Iran are currently not permitted entry into the U.S. due to the fact that of the COVID-19 travel ban, and the majority of U.S. consulates and embassies are not open for regular visa and green card application processing. Because the United States has not had an embassy or consulate in Iran because the Iran captive crisis of 1979, you and your co-founders need to find out which U.S. consulates or embassies are currently processing routine visa and green card applications– and are in nations that are not on the suspended entry list– and use there. We’re still waiting on comprehensive details from the State Department on the equivalent of reparations for individuals who were affected by the Muslim restriction.
In addition, I suggest that you seek advice from a skilled immigration lawyer who can help you devise an immigration strategy on your own, your co-founders and your households based upon your personal and professional goals. Now, here are a few alternatives for you to consider.
L-1A visa to open a U.S. office for your start-up
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.