H1B Visa · Immigration

Is there an entrepreneur or small business immigration exchange?

Robert Evans Creative Director | Founder | Maker

May 28th, 2019

I might be jumping the gun here, but with the way the world is changing (for good and bad) it seems like we could all benefit from some sort of B2B immigration exchange.

Has anyone seen or heard of anything like this? Is this something you would consider taking advantage of?

I ask because I'm interested in immigrating to Australia from the US. And since I've been self employed for over 14 years, I'm not super interested in working solely for a sponsoring company. I'd rather partner with someone... OR... sponsor someone in the US in exchange for sponsorship in Australia.

Robert Evans Creative Director | Founder | Maker

May 30th, 2019


Thanks for replying. Maybe I didn't explain it correctly. The point is if you're an Entrepreneur / small business owner (in Australia) that wants to move to the US... as many do... you could "trade places" with someone that wants to leave the US to work in your home country. In my case I want to move to Australia.

It's not about hiring talent. It's about gaining a visa without having to be sponsored by and work for a company.

As an individual that is self employed... I'd prefer to stay that way... but in order to gain an Australian visa I would have to work for someone else. If I was sponsored by an individual similar to myself... I could continue to run my company.

Does that explain it better... or am I talking in a circle?

David M

May 29th, 2019

Plenty of great talent in the US, so I don't see any reason most would want it, unless it comes with some form of financial incentive. Sounds like an exchange student scenario. Bottom line Im going after talent wherever it is...and again plenty of it in the USA.

Paul Garcia marketing exec & business advisor

May 30th, 2019

Because labor law and immigration law are not the same thing, it's not so simple. In the US there is an allocation of work visas per year. And yes, it would seem logical that a 1:1 exchange ensures that there's no loss of opportunity for the total pool of work-eligible candidates, but that's not how the government sees it. The government probably sees exported workers as a benefit to the remaining residents who have greater work opportunities, so trading 1:1 which gives no new opportunities to citizens, doesn't have a benefit.

There are plenty of things that the government does that aren't logical. Jobs and citizenship are two that most countries are particularly possessive over. Think for example what could happen when Brexit comes, and all those people who can move around the EU now without borders won't be able to because there aren't any equivalent, progressive agreements in place.

The things most governments care about in immigration is that the imports aren't displacing opportunities that citizens want, that the import is able to support themselves financially and won't be a burden on the government, and that it doesn't import criminal activity because of lack of funds or approved work. Seems like your proposal might make sense, but the benefits are to individuals, not to governments, so the government has no incentive to agree. The government has no obligation to make individuals happy.

Certainly something you could talk to your regional legislators about and have them tell you where and how to propose such a thing. In the US though, it's likely to fall flat, even for countries with which we have excellent relationships.