Nonimmigrant Entrepreneur Visas
|B-1 Business Visitor||F-1/OPT Optional Practical Training||H-1B Specialty Occupation|
|Can enter the US to carry out a number of business activities such as funding or office space, negotiate a contract, attend business meeting. Make necessary arrangements in connection with setting up a business|
Length of stay generally up to 6 months
Extension – possible but not usually more than 12months in total
|Available only to those already n the US on an F-1 student status, except those in English language training programs|
Can start up a business that is directly related to the major area of study
Length of stay generally up to 12 months / 17 months for those with a qualifying Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) degree
Extension – possible upon seeking another post-secondary degree at a higher degree level
|Available to those planning to work for the business they start in the United States|
Occupation should normally requires a bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field of study
Applicant must have at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a field related to the position.
Length of stay is 3 years.
Extensions -possible- but maximum period of stay generally 6 years (extensions beyond 6 years may be possible).
|O-1A Extraordinary Ability and Achievement||E-2 Treaty Investor||L-1 Intracompany Transferee|
|Available to those with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics|
Exceptionality should be demonstrated by sustained acclaim and recognition
Length of Stay s up to 3 years
|Available to those who want to invest a substantial amount of money in a new or existing U.S. business.|
Must be from a treaty country
Length of Stay-Initial period of 2 years.
Extension available is in 2 year increments.
|Available to executives, managers, or a worker with specialized knowledge who has worked abroad for a qualifying organization .|
Can seek to set up a branch or affiliate office or manage and existing business in the US.
Initial period of stay in the United States: Up to 3 years (1 year for new office petitions).
Extensions possible in up to 2 year increments.
Maximum period of stay: 7 years for managers and executives; 5 years for specialized knowledge workers.