Visa Options for International Tech Professionals, Entrepreneurs, and Investors


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Silicon Valley is the global center of entrepreneurship and innovation. It is an aspirational ecosystem that attracts people from all over the world who come here to do great things.

If you are a foreign national investor or tech entrepreneur interested in launching a startup in the US or a professional who wants to work for a startup here, there are several visa options to consider. The speaker will provide an overview of these options and explore some the common challenges related to obtaining the right visa.

Topics include:

1) Visas for exploring business and employment opportunities in the United States;

2) Visas for employment and investment, such as the E, H-1B, L-1, and O-1, and the advantages and disadvantages of each;

3) Trends and recent changes in visa processing under the Trump Administration;

4) Overview of the paths to permanent residence, such employment, family and investment; and

5) Common obstacles to obtaining a visa

and more!

Please come with your questions, concerns and scenarios.


6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Presentation, Q & A

8:30 pm to 9:00 pm Informal Q & A, Networking

About the Speaker

Nadia Yakoob is an immigration attorney with over 20 years of experience. She has been working on behalf of immigrants and refugees since 1994 and practicing U.S. immigration law since 2000. She has extensive expertise in temporary and permanent employment-based visas, family-based immigration, asylum, removal relief, and citizenship. Her office is based in Oakland, California.

Nadia is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (2000), where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. She received a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics (1998), and a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles (1995). She also was a Fulbright scholar at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

In addition to her professional and educational background, Nadia’s personal experiences shape her approach to her work and her clients. She immigrated to the U.S. with her family at the age of ten after living in Singapore, Malaysia, the UK and France. As an adult, she studied, interned, and worked abroad on different occasions and in different countries. She understands the challenges of migration and enjoys helping others through it.

If you have questions about the content of this presentation, you can contact Nadia at: