Yes. Even an early stage startup with just one or two employees can sponsor an H1b visa. You can be sure, however, that the application is going to get significantly more scrutiny than an application filed by a large, established company. When a startup sponsors and H1b visa, these are the areas of the application that need to be especially well-documented: [Read more…]
Often those eligible for TN status are also eligible for H-1B status and vice versa. Each route has unique positives and negatives.
The TN process is limited to Mexican and Canadian citizens. It is cheaper, quicker, and happens on a much more flexible schedule than the H-1B visa process. TN visas are issued for period of three years, and may be extended an indefinite number of times. However, it is limited to the professions listed in NAFTA, and an applicant must have [Read more…]
Q: I’m on an H1b (or an L) and am working full time for my employer, but I am also working on a startup on the side. I’m not get paid at all by the startup, so this doesn’t count as work, right?
A: Wrong. When you are on an H1b or an L visa, you are authorized to work only for your sponsoring employer. When an H1b or L employee gets an opportunity to be involved with an exciting startup, they frequently try to get around this restriction by agreeing to work for the startup on nights and weekends (and early mornings, and lunch breaks…) for free, until the startup itself is able to [Read more…]
Question: My employer filed an H1b petition for me this April to start working this October 1. In the meantime, however, I received a new job offer from another company and I want to take the new job. Can I transfer my H1b to my new employer before I’ve started working for the first employer?
Answer: The answer to this question used to be a simple yes. In the Spring and Summer of 2014, however, people attempting to do this have been running into problems at USCIS. [Read more…]
Immigration reform is dead in Congress, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to see changes to the way the immigration system works in the near future. The White House announced on recently that the President is considering major action through an executive order in the coming months, but for some H4 holders, change may come even sooner through a pending change in the regulations governing H4 work authorization. [Read more…]