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Without A Special Visa, Foreign Startup Founders Turn To A Workaround

Immigration advocates often tout how many startups are founded by foreigners. Yet the U.S. does not offer startup visas. Some entrepreneurs turn to a program started as an experiment in Massachusetts.

(Image credit: Asma Khalid/Asma Khalid/WBUR)

Paulo Melo is a global entrepreneur-in-residence at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. This visa workaround allowed Melo, originally from Portugal, to legally stay in the United States and build his business in Massachusetts.

Immigration advocates often tout how many startups are founded by foreigners. Yet the U.S. does not offer startup visas. Some entrepreneurs turn to a program started as an experiment in Massachusetts.

(Image credit: Asma Khalid/Asma Khalid/WBUR)

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Without A Special Visa, Foreign Startup Founders Turn To A Workaround