The LIKE Act and new W visas

by David H. Nachman, Esq., Ludka Zimovcak, Esq. and Snehal Batra, Esq.

A recent bill introduced to Congress may allow foreign nationals to receive temporary status in the United States in order to provide jobs in the United States economy and develop further infrastructure. House Representative Zoe Lofgren proposed the LIKE (Let Immigrants Kickstart Employment) Act (the Bill) to Congress on July 26th to fill an unaddressed component of the immigration system in the United States to provide visas for entrepreneurial foreign nationals.

The potential W-1 visa outlined in this legislation would allow foreign nationals (who meet specific requirements, such as: raising substantial funds from American investors and owning at least 10% share in their start-up) to attain temporary status in the United States while developing their business initiative. Additional components of the Bill include the W-2 visa (allowing necessary workers of the entrepreneurial activities) and W-3 visa (allowing spouses and children of W-1 and 2 recipients) to achieve residential and working status. These visas are temporary with an initial 3 year residing period, but can be renewed up to an additional 5 years. The proposal Bill also allows for “dual intent”, where the recipient may apply for a green card if they achieve specified goals in their business endeavors. The provisions of this proposed legislation began with the former executive order by the Obama Administration (and recently renewed by the Biden Administration) called the International Entrepreneurial Rule (IER.) This action has similar intent to create opportunity for tentative foreign entrepreneurs but does not grant any status or visa. The LIKE Act ensures these opportunities are available for foreign entrepreneurs to create domestic jobs for American workers.

If you should have any questions or need more information about the ways in which the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Laws may impact you, your family, your friends or your colleagues, please contact the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Lawyers at the Nachman, Phulwani, Zimovcak Law Group – VISASERVE – U.S. Immigration and Nationality Lawyers by e-mailing us at info@visaserve.com or by calling us at 201-670-0006 (x104). You can also visit our Law Firm’s website at www.visaserve.com.


About The Author

David H. Nachman, Esq. is one of the Managing Attorneys at the Nachman Phulwani Zimovcak (NPZ) Law Group, P.C., a pre-eminent International Immigration and Nationality Law Firm dedicated to providing a wide array of business and family immigration law services for skilled U.S.-and Canada-bound workers. The Attorneys in our Law Firm assists clients with waivers, marriage cases, citizenship applications, I-130 sponsorship for family, etc.

Ludka Zimovcak, Esq. is a Managing Attorney at NPZ Law Group, PC. Mrs. Zimovcak's passion for excellence in immigration law derives from her own family's first-hand immigration experiences. She is fully licensed to practice as an Attorney in Slovakia and New York.

Snehal Batra, Esq. is Managing Attorney of our Raritan, NJ office at the Nachman Phulwani Zimovcak (NPZ) Law Group, P.C., a pre-eminent International Immigration and Nationality Law Firm dedicated to providing a wide array of business and family immigration law services for skilled U.S.-and Canada-bound workers. Ms. Batra is an Indian-American attorney with a passion for immigration law which derives from being an immigrant herself. Having been born in India and raised in New Jersey, Ms. Batra understands firsthand the many difficulties and challenges that immigrants commonly experience while engaged in the U.S. immigration process. As such, she is eager to help families, businesses and individual immigrants to realize the American dream.


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