I was reading through this blog post http://onstartups.com/tabid/3339/bid/72696/DON-T-start-a-company-yet.aspx and i totally agree and that is what I am trying to do.
Even though I want to start my own company in the future. 1st I want to work for a early startup for a year or two and again some experiences before that.
So here is my question Does a start-up, which is in its really early stage like just 5-10 people no HR team just devs and founders very minimal funding , hire international workers in H1B ?
Has any one got through this ? Kindly share your thoughts
The bottom-line is that an HB1 visa is not designed to support working in a start-up environment .
There are elusive cases where it is rumored to have happened, but there are a host of reasons why it is extraordinarily difficult.
First: Read the answers to the similar questions:
Fifth: The Hope There is significant hope is that after the next election, the anti-immigration politicians will have lost a little political support and that bills associated with reforming the options and processes will be able to work its way through the legislative process. The current administration has proposed several additional Visa options which would allow entrepreneurs and those working with Start-ups to become part of the "job producing" class in the United States.
What to do? Here are three small ideas:
The first is focus on doing the job for the company that sponsored your residency in the United States. You are here under their sponsorship. Your visa is employment based. You lose your job and you will be flying home. I know that you know that. I know that is rough. it is also the reality of the situation.
The second is to explore option. If you have money there are several investor visa options to secure a green Card which would allow you freedom of choice in your employment and professional endeavors.
Find non-employment ways to gain the business experience you are seeking to develop prior to launching your own business. This may be through non-paid interships or securing mentors.
Normally startups would have no experience doing the necessary paperwork. Even if they got to an experienced lawyer, the process would take several months which for startups is an eternity - they want and must move quickly.
Also be advised that an H1B for a startup is a very risky adventure. If they collapsed, you would legally have just one week to find a replacement job (with somebody willing to do H1B transfer) or leave the country.
Short: H1B requires a stable company for your own safety.
If you really like the international talent, find a consulting(or contracting) company that would do H1B for the worker and you can hire the worker as contractor. Be very clear upfront what consulting company keeps as the cut, that you and the worker are clear about terms. This way there is less paperwork for you and less potential risk for the worker.