Season Two: Episode Twelve — An overview of immigration law and how it affects entrepreneurs.  

Episode Description: Nicole Gunara (Fordham Law ‘19) and Ashley Meadows (Fordham Law ‘20) interview Neil A. Weinrib, Managing Director at Neil A. Weinrib & Associates, about immigration law considerations for entrepreneurs, including the ability of foreign nationals to develop a business in the U.S., factors in employing foreign individuals, and options for raising capital through foreign investment incentive programs.  

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“Foreign students need to be very careful about who they partner with. If there is a falling out, someone could try to create a problem for them.” — Neil A. Weinrib

“For H-1B visas, the U.S. immigration service hasn’t been receptive to entrepreneurial endeavors.” — Neil A. Weinrib

“Most foreign students are aware that it’s becoming increasingly more challenging to get an O-1 visa.” — Neil A. Weinrib

“Foreign nationals completing their education often find themselves in a race because they are aware of what the immigration options are and are rushing to satisfy one of the existing categories.” — Neil A. Weinrib

“The biggest challenge for foreign nationals who want to use the EB-5 mechanism is the hiring requirement. They have to hire 10 U.S. workers within roughly 3 years.” — Neil A. Weinrib

“A lot of people look to Google for immigration answers, and what they don’t always realize is that much of the data on the internet is stale or it’s been overruled or amended or changed.” — Neil A. Weinrib

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