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Is It Harder to Get an H-1b Visa If You Work for a Start up Compared to Working for a Well-Known Company?

If by “well known,” you mean old, big and profitable, then, yes, it’s harder to get H-1B visas for startups in comparison. The H-1B visa was initially intended for use by large companies to bring in highly skilled labor. It’s now being used by startups as a sign of the times. But startups need to show more documentation, such as incorporation and financial documents, as well as proof of an employer-employee relationship for the H-1B applicant.

With careful planning and documentation, it’s certainly possible to get H-1B applications approved for startups. We just had one approved for a startup with minimal funding where the H-1B applicant was the founder and only employee.