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Relocate Business to United states

Murtaza Mukarram

August 20th, 2015

I am currently located in Karachi. Pakistan and planning to relocate my Business in United States, but before relocating my business i am wondering to Join a Company as employee so that i can have the knowledge of how is the Market and other things work in United States,, so what do you all members suggest What shall i do,? Is it good Idea to Join and Work with?

Alex Eckelberry CEO at Meros.io

August 20th, 2015

Well, if you can get a visa... get in however way you can. Sure, it's a good idea to start off working for another company to learn the ropes. But you can also learn the ropes with your own company. 

However, I would recommend working on your basic English grammar and spelling skills though. While Americans are generally forgiving, it is an area where we can be somewhat judgemental, and your writing wouldn't pass well in the US right now. Or, at least have a fluent speaker proofread what you post. 

Good luck!

Steve Everhard All Things Startup

August 20th, 2015

Murtaza you might be able to enter the Green Card lottery, otherwise you'll need a sponsor to get a work visa. Your sponsor would normally be your employer and would have to show that you have specific skills not available in the general workforce. You really can't just rock up and get a job and a lot of smaller employers will be daunted by the process. Larger companies are pretty skilled at navigating the rules but you'll have to have the job offer and work visa before you arrive - you can't come in as a tourist and transition to a work visa.

Starting a company gives you no automatic right to reside in the U.S. Either. As a foreign owner you only have the choice of a C corp as a vehicle for business and your company will then be liable for Federal and State taxes even though you have no right to reside until your business employs a minimum number of local employees.


Benjamin Olding Co-founder, Board Member at Jana

August 24th, 2015

@Nayan - yeah, I tried to clarify in my follow up the situations I was in where it was not a lottery or where I had multiple chances to convert a STEM F-1 or J-1 visa holder to an H1-B (so losing the lottery would have had minimal impact).  In all cases, the employee started working with us immediately.  These are actually both  pretty common situations to come across when  recruiting in the US.

It's not research - just sharing my actual experience; I find people are very negative when speaking about the H1-B process generally in terms of cost & hassle, and I'm concerned it encourages entrepreneurs unfamiliar with the process to  assume they can't use it to grow their team this way - and I think they should consider it.  There are lots of non-US citizens/green card holders (who are already in the US) that can be fantastic startup team members.

In retrospect, this point is off-topic for this thread since it's about someone coming to the US for the first time; that specifically is definitely a lottery situation AND it means they won't be able to start for 6 months, as Dirk said, even if they get it.  I was probably too quick to post, but I saw that $15-20k cost estimate (which Dirk retracted) and pulled the trigger...  Apologies if it's been a distraction.

Rochelle Kopp Japanese business culture expert and cross-cultural communications specialist

August 23rd, 2015

Following up on what Alex said, you may be interested in the Writing Coach service which is specifically designed for helping non-native speakers of English polish their written communication for professional purposes. http://japanintercultural.com/en/writingCoach/default.aspx

Steve Everhard All Things Startup

August 21st, 2015

Murtaza I'm not an immigration lawyer, this is just my own research. Linked-In is a good source of large company recruitment and there are specialist recruiters everywhere here that you could research online. I don't know your skill set so I can't really direct you. I don't think you need a consultant but you do need to be able to pitch your skills as unique. You are in heavy competition and a company would need good reason to take on the cost and complexity of bringing you into the country.

The lottery moves from country to country based on a number of factors. Explanation is never given.

Murtaza Mukarram

August 24th, 2015

Does any one have any contact with companies providing H1-B Visa to work in US. I am in the profession of Graphic/Web Designing

You can check my linkedIn profile, online portfolio (https://www.behance.net/murtaza87 ) and Website (www.burhanims.com)



Murtaza Mukarram

August 20th, 2015

Thanks #Alex Eckelberry, #Dolmarie Mendez, #Steve Everhard for your response.

#Alex: I am working on my English Language, I know my English grammar and spelling speak is week/Worst. 

#Steve:Getting a work visa sounds good but I think approaching to big companies is a bit hard Job, I would need a Consultant for that who could introduce me to them or find a company. Do you know any company/entrepreneur who would be helpful in getting me work visa?,

Getting a lottery visa is not for Pakistan anymore, I don't know why?

Lucie Newcomb Global Marketing & Business Development Leader | Founder| Strategist | Board Member | Advisor | Trainer | Diplopreneur

August 23rd, 2015

There are some interesting US- Pakistan initiatives through the U.S. Dept.of State. Check it out at www.state.gov. - Great luck!

Anonymous

August 21st, 2015

H1B last year was oversubscribed by 2/3: 240,000 instead of the 85,000 visas available. It is hard. If you really want to do it, first visit. Network, get to know people. And then apply. But its hard, you need to be really good and your english should at least be decent. It is expensive for the company (think 15-20k in legal fees), so make sure they like you a lot.


H1B submissions start in April, and then your company has only 1 week to apply for the whole year. So get here before Christmas, and apply before NYE. Otherwise lawyers will not have enough time.

good luck

Anonymous

August 23rd, 2015

@benjamin that 15k-20k figure was something I know a friend of mine paid. Googling I realize that was a lot, and it seems with $1,575 in filing fees base to $3,550 (company > 25 empl + premium processing) plus attorney costs of $2k-$4k- should do.

That said, the last 2 years there has definitely been a lottery, and this lottery takes place _before_ processing the petition (only duplicates are taken out). So my math holds (a little more details re applications for people with masters' degres or individuals from Chile or Singapore) http://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-completes-h-1b-cap-random-selection-process-fy-2016

On top of that, filing in April and getting the visa means you can only start working by October. This makes the H1B visa not a great fit for fast moving startups.