| ||Ask HN: How to get a U.S. Visa (and work on your own startup)?|
54 points by jhuckestein on May 16, 2010 | hide | past | web | favorite | 47 comments |
|I've been living in the Bay Area (in Berkeley) on a J-1 research visa for half a year, fell in love with the startup community and now I need to extend my stay. As a "researcher" at UC Berkeley I was able to work on my own projects and engage in the nearby startup scene without problems.|
Now that I need to find a legit job allowing me to stay in the U.S., I'm afraid that I will not be able to work on my own projects as much anymore. In Germany I used to work as a freelance consultant. Is it possible to get a Visa doing freelance work? Or part-time work?
Another question is what kind of Visa I can get? Apparently regular H1-B working Visas are handed out only in April, so I'm out of luck. Is it easier to get internship Visas?
The next-best thing to working on my own projects would be to work for an early stage startup (the earlier, the better). Is it even possible/economical/easy for a small startup to acquire a working Visa for me?
I should talk to a lawyer but I figured that HN is more likely to provide me with the "dirty" tricks of immigration ;)
Applications are open for YC Winter 2020
| Apply to YC