“How to obtain US Visa for startups” event recap @Bunihub 26th July 2017

Article by: Sage Swaby July 26th


Matthew R. Gale, vice president of business development at SimpleCitizen, was welcomed to BUNI Hub this Wednesday, July 26. Gale, who is originally from Utah, currently lives in Mexico with his wife, who is from Costa Rica. Being with his wife has allowed him to see the immigration process up close as she had to go through it. Gale was excited to share with the BUNI interns and others how easy the visa process is with SimpleCitizen and what they need in order for their startups to be successful in America as well as in Tanzania.

IMG_6227Founded in 2014, SimpleCitizen is a digital immigration and visa solution created for immigrants to save time and money on their pathway to citizenship in America. In the next couple months, they are looking to make business, study and travel visas available on their website. Currently, SimpleCitizen helps with green cards, green card renewal, and citizenship. Through their services, green cards are 250USD and citizenship is 200USD.

Gale encouraged the interns to recognize their potential and how they could bring their businesses to America and become very successful. Today, U.S. immigrants are twice as likely to become entrepreneurs than natural born Americans; Immigrants represent 13 percent of the population but represent 25 percent of entrepreneurs. Gale also mentioned YCombinator, the best accelerator in the world, that invests in a large number of startups twice a year. YCombinator has a two percent acceptance rate, however, startups can apply repeatedly. Gale urged the interns and members of startups to apply for YCombinator and other accelerators. Over six African companies were accepted into YCombinator, setting the stage for more African companies to follow in their footsteps.

Looking towards the future, Gale hopes to take SimpleCitizen worldwide, allowing people to move and travel from country to country legally with visas. Gale explained the top seven visa options for startups, which will be shown below. SimpleCitizen assists people with the entire visa process, besides the legal portion. There are no definite prices for their developing business, study, or travel visas, however, any startups affiliated with BUNI will receive a 20 percent off discount.

IMG_6224Visa options for startups:
1. H-1B: allows U.S. employers to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations; visa for highly skilled workers

2. L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visa: enables a foreign company with no affiliated U.S. office to send an executive or manager to the U.S. with the purpose of establishing one
3. E-2 Treaty Investor: applicants must be native to a country that has a treaty of commerce with the U.S.; proof of 50% ownership; generate enough income to make a significant income for the applicant and his/her family
4. O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa: used to be for athletes, actresses, etc; applicants must be gifted in a particular field
5. B-1 Business Visitor: need proof that you can support yourself in the U.S.; proof of funds; need binding ties to their home country as proof that they’re there only for business
6. EB-2 National Interest Waiver : proposed endeavor that shows merit; beneficial to the U.S. ; bypasses some requirements
7. Global Entrepreneur in Residence Programs: no limit on H-1B if you receive a job at a university or college

If you would like to contact Matthew R. Gale, use the information below:
Email: matt@simplecitizen.com
Phone Number : +1(801)-473-2018