Work Visas

New Regulations Open Doors to Foreign Start-Ups, Bypass Visa Application Process

“The problem with the French is that they don’t have a word for entrepreneur.” While certain U.S. president may or may not have said those words about the French, it is quite clear that the U.S. immigration regulations were missing, for a long time, a word or, rather a visa category, for entrepreneurs engaged in US start-ups. New Regulations published by the US Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) on January 17, 2017 attempt to rectify this problem and create an entirely new way for foreign entrepreneurs engaged in start-ups to gain legal entry into the United States.

New Law Increases H-1B and L-1 Petition Fees

The Appropriations Act of 2016 (Public Law 114 – 113), signed into law by Pres. Obama on December 18, 2015 increases fees for certain H-1B and L-1 petitioners. These petitioners must submit an additional fee or $4000 for certain H-1B petitioners and $4500 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions postmarked on or after December 18, 2015.


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