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  • How can you move to Silicon Valley to create or work at a startup if you're not an US citizen?
    How can you move to Silicon Valley to create or work at a startup if you're not an US citizen?

    The two visas that can be used to start a business in the U.S. are the E visa and the L1 visa. The E1 treaty trader visa allows individuals from E1 treaty countries to enter the U.S. for the purpose ...

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  • Arpaio Pardon Highlights the Worst Attributes of the Trump Presidency
    Arpaio Pardon Highlights the Worst Attributes of the Trump Presidency

    When Donald Trump pardoned former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, the White House statement made reference to Arpaio’s “more than 50 years of admirable service to our nation,” and specifically spotlighted ...

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  • Is there any legal way for international students on F-1 visas to incorporate and run their own startup while maintaining the F-1 visa status. How would this change after graduation (and the end of the F-1 visa)?
    Is there any legal way for international students on F-1 visas to incorporate and run their own startup while maintaining the F-1 visa status. How would this change after graduation (and the end of the F-1 visa)?

    F1s can only work in the U.S. under certain circumstances. On-campus employment is allowed, but off-campus employment is only allowed for work which is related to the student’s field of study (through ...

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  • How can the spouse of an H1B visa holder obtain an EAD or work permit?
    How can the spouse of an H1B visa holder obtain an EAD or work permit?

    A spouse of an H1B visa holder comes in on the dependent H4 visa and is not allowed to work. Volunteering for a typical volunteer position, however, is permissible – like for a religious or charitable ...

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  • Can a H1B holder work for a startup as a co-founder?
    Can a H1B holder work for a startup as a co-founder?

    I assume this means that this would be your primary job. Based on recent cases, USCIS seems to have taken the position that H1B visa holders cannot work for a company in which they have a majority ...

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  • Can a person on a H1-B visa work in his/her free time on a bootstrapped project as a minority shareholder and/or as a volunteer?
    Can a person on a H1-B visa work in his/her free time on a bootstrapped project as a minority shareholder and/or as a volunteer?

    Generally, H1B visa holders may only work as volunteers for positions which are typically unpaid positions (like at non-profits, charitable orgs, etc.). Volunteering for a position that is typically a ...

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