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How can a start-up help expedite the visa application process for a future employee/co-founder?

Generally, I would say the major visa hoops are putting together the visa application package (which can be onerous depending on the type of visa), responding to USCIS’s Requests for Further Evidence (which can be quite lengthy), and of course waiting for USCIS to process the application (which can take several months depending on the type of visa). In order to have a smooth visa application process, it is important to first put together a solid and comprehensive package. This could eliminate any Requests for Further Evidence. Often, the process gets delayed because the original application was incomplete or weak. You can also expedite the processing time by requesting the Premium Processing Service, which costs an additional $1225 on top of the normal filing fees. There also may be other visa options available to the foreign employee that are less burdensome.