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Dear Sophie: I live in India and run a startup. Most of our clients are based in the U.S. I also have a Delaware C Corp. established a year ago. We have three full-time contractors doing business development and sales. I currently have a B1/B2 visa. As my company continues to grow, we want to expand in the U.S. and possibly buy a house. I want to know what’s the best visa to obtain. Appreciate your opinion.
Intrigued in India
You are in good company! Lots of founders with growing businesses around the world are considering different pathways to come to the U.S. for a variety of reasons. You may be motivated to come here for venture capital, U.S. market access, the concentration of talent in Silicon Valley, personal growth or stability and opportunity for your family.