Work visa in the USA
February 20, 2012 9:40 AM Subscribe
Can I apply for a visa to work with a company that I create in the USA?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (5 answers total)
I'm currently a PhD candidate and will be finished my studies this summer. I'm planing on starting a company with three other people (two who are from the US) and one who is from Europe. We are considering forming a C-Corp which allows non-residents to be involved.
I don't fully understand what visa options I should be considering, or the time-spans involved. I currently have an F-1 visa, and have not applied for Optional Practical Training (OPT). I'm quite flexible with my travel/work plans so it's not a problem if I need to spend time outside of the USA while sorting out these arrangements, but I'm not sure which visa types I should be reading up about. For example, can the company that I create, apply for a work-visa for myself?
(I am planning on getting legal advice for this, but I'm mainly curious about what types of options I should be considering as I'm unfamiliar with many of the visa types and restrictions.)