Many people around the world harbor the astounding dream of one day making their way to the US, the land of opportunities. However, to the majority of the dreamers, it remains just a dream. The reason for the unfulfilled dream is the belief that it’s hard to gain entry into the US. Danilo Diaz Granados, a prominent Hispanic speaker living in Miami and a member of the Corporate Advisory Board of Fireman Capital Partners, offers some useful hints on how to make your way into America.
It is no secret that most of the successful founders in the US are immigrants: Sergey Brin of Google, Steve Chen of YouTube and Andrew Grove of Intel, among many others. You may want to know how they got to the US. Well, there are several ways open to you.
One common way of getting to the US is through a visa. According to Danilo Diaz Granados, there are several kinds of visas you can explore depending on your situation. If you have $1 million, you could apply for a visa as a foreign investor. The authorities may easily allow you in because you are going to do business. However, if you can’t raise such an enormous amount, you can try an employment visa if you have exceptional skills required there.
You can also enter the US on a treaty investor visa if you have $100,000. Alternatively, you can seek an L1 visa if you are a senior manager of a company in your homeland and they wish to send you to the United States. If you are not a senior manager, you can take an employee visa, H-1B. You may also consider taking the B-1 visa which allows you to do business in the US for a period of up to 6 months. Danilo Diaz Granados; however, states that this permit can only be renewed for 6 months.
Finally, there is a special visa for nascent companies although it has not been ratified yet. The permit requires changes to the US immigration law so as to allow entrepreneurs to settle in the US if they can raise $100,000 and employ at least 2 American citizens in their business.