Dear Sophie: What are the pros and cons of the H-1B, O-1A, and EB-1A?

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Dear Sophie:

I am an entrepreneur who wants to expand my startup in the United States, what are the advantages and disadvantages of different types of Visa and Green Cards?

The ones I have heard the most are H-1B, O-1 and EB-1A.

– Intelligent in India

Dear Intelligent:

I am glad to hear you are considering O-1A Extraordinary Power Visa and EB-1A Extraordinary Green Card! Individuals often assume that they need to win a Nobel Prize or some other major prize, or that they need to well known in order to qualify for O-1A or EB-1A – and that is not all.

“Especially for people from Asia, being a self-proclaimed evangelist has to be looked at extensively. Humility is important, “said Mr. Navroop, a leading economist and blockchain expert I recently interviewed for my podcast.

He spoke to me about his immigration journey to the United States, which included two H-1B visas, one O-1A visa and one EB-1A green card. Here are the best ideas for every visa and green card you list. Overall, H-1B special occupation visa requirements are not as strict as O-1A visas and EB-1A green cards, which is why many employers stay on H-1 visas and have recently sponsored international students graduating or OPT (Optional practical training) or stem OPT for H-1B. With the demand for H-1B exceeding the annual supply of 85,000, there is a random lottery to determine if the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can apply for H-1B. (That random lottery will switch.