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    I am planning to start a small business with an American friend, as of now I am on my practical training and I would like to know if I could get a green card or H1 visa through this business...thanks for the help

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    I am planning to start a small business with an American friend, as of now I am on my practical training and I would like to know if I could get a green card or H1 visa through this business...thanks for the help

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    • #3
      If the business appears viable, it is possible that you could get an H-1 to work there; however, BCIS looks very closely at H-1 applications by small companies and start-ups. If BCIS doesn't believe that the company can pay the wage offered on the H-1 application, they will deny it.

      Also, unless you qualify for extraordinary ability (EB-1), a business you own cannot sponsor you for a green card. Labor certification does not allow self-employment, so an owner (or part-owner) of a business cannot be sponsored for a green card by the business he owns.

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      • #4
        To gain permanent residency via the investor's route, it takes a minimum of 5 yrs. of conducting a successfull business and then adjusting properly.

        To obtain the investor's visa, an applicant must typically invest a minimum of $250,000+ (I believe it's a "little" bit less in rural areas) and employ a minimum of 5 permanent resident aliens and/or U.S. citizens.

        Good luck!

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          Thank you guys for the replies.......

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