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Dear Sophie: I came on a B-1 visa, then COVID-19 happened. How can I stay? – TechCrunch

Right here’s one other version of “Pricey Sophie,” the recommendation column that solutions immigration-related questions on working at expertise firms.

“Your questions are important to the unfold of data that enables folks everywhere in the world to rise above borders and pursue their goals,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration legal professional. “Whether or not you’re in folks ops, a founder or searching for a job in Silicon Valley, I’d like to answer your questions in my subsequent column.”

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Pricey Sophie:

I’m at the moment within the U.S. on a enterprise customer visa. I arrived right here in early March simply earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic started right here to scope out the U.S. marketplace for increasing the startup I co-founded in Bolivia just a few years in the past.

I had solely deliberate to remain a pair months, however obtained caught. Now my firm has some actual alternatives to develop. How can I keep and begin working?

— Happy in San Jose

Hey, Happy!

Appreciative for the roles you’ll be creating within the U.S. because you want to stay within the U.S. and develop your startup. The U.S. economic system significantly advantages from entrepreneurs such as you who come right here to innovate. Because you’re already within the U.S., you’ll have choices to vary your standing with out departing.

In case you had been granted a keep of six months while you had been admitted most lately together with your B-1 customer visa, you may search an extension of standing for one more six months. There are further alternate options we will discover that will permit you’re employed authorization. For extra particulars on a number of the choices I’ll talk about right here and for added visa and inexperienced card choices for startup founders, take a look at my podcast on “What is U.S. Startup Founder Immigration? A Step-By-Step Guide for Beginners.”

As a result of most inexperienced playing cards (immigrant visas) take longer than nonimmigrant (non permanent) visas, a conservative technique to pursue could be to seek out one other non permanent nonimmigrant standing (what is commonly nicknamed a “visa”) — reasonably than a inexperienced card, which takes longer — that may let you create and develop your startup within the U.S. with out having to return to Bolivia.

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Walter Thompson