Ask Sophie: What is the fastest green card if we are from India or China?

Sophie Alcorn, lawyerauthor and promoter of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley, California, is an award-winning Certified Specialist Attorney in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Sophie is passionate about transcending borders, expanding opportunity, and connecting the world by practicing passionate, visionary, and expert immigration law. Talk to Sophie on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Dear Sophie,

We are an overseas startup with 1 million users and 30,000 paying customers. We raised some seed money overseas, but now the prospective investors in our Series A round want us to have a parent company in Delaware. They also said they want all builders to get green cards. What is the fastest way to get green cards if we are from India or China?

– Innovative from India

Hello, Innovative!

Congrats on all your achievements! These are incredible accomplishments — and ones that you and your co-founders can use to your advantage when applying for visas and green cards to live and work in the United States!

Before I delve into your question, remember that as startups, the wait for a green card is usually very slow for a way to get to the US Find a way to get to the US as soon as possible, such as O-1A or an H-1B with a lottery (more H-1B lottery updates coming soon — join my complimentary education webinar this week.)

It is very important to make sure you get what you need from your investors to continue to be successful, including visa and green card support such as education, resources, and signing letters of recommendation. That’s what Kristen Ostro and Nicole Fuller of Strut Consulting, a VC consulting firm, emphasized during our chat for my podcast. Many founders appreciate working with US VCs who understand their space, are experts in a particular industry, and have connections and customer networks to make intros to people who will be active participants in their success. of the founders, rather than just providing the capital. .

Many VCs also provide support services, including recommending immigration attorneys who can help with visas and green cards. If the future investors of your startup are not, I recommend you and your co-founders to work with an immigration lawyer, who can create strategies for each of you based on your achievements and time and guidance you in the immigration process.

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