Entrepreneur Visa Sponsorship
Now you can move to or remain in Boston after you graduate to launch your company.

“It seemed too good to be true, and we were skeptical at the beginning. But a couple of months after we engaged, we had the visa we needed. Now we are full of excitement about the prospects of our endeavor…”
MIT Media Lab grad Ivan Fernandez de Casadevante – Co-Founder, Ori Systems

Program

If you become a Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the VDC, you can obtain a cap-exempt H-1B visa, sponsored by the University of Massachusetts, anytime during the year. You work 8 hours per week at the VDC contributing your specialized expertise to entrepreneurial faculty, students and others who are trying to turn their own ideas into action. You spend the rest of your time developing your company until it can independently sponsor your visa.

Read How Does the Massachusetts Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program Work to learn how we helped Ivan and how we can help you.

This first-in-the-nation initiative is a public-private partnership. State grants, university funds and private gifts (from Goodwin Procter and Silicon Valley Bank) pay for program administration, and sponsorship support received from interested investors and companies pays VDC employment related costs.

 

Results

Since launching the program in 2014, 65 initial (H-1B) and follow-on visas (O-1, EB-1) have been approved, for a success rate of 100%. The entrepreneurs’ companies have 479 employees, and have raised $238,032,265 in venture capital.

Eligibility

-You graduated from a US university or participated in a US acceleration/incubation program, entrepreneurial boot-camp, etc.;
-Your company is underway in terms of incorporation, financing and corporate governance;
-Your company has been accepted as a member of the VDC; and
-You possess the necessary skill, experience and talent to qualify for an H-1B visa.

Apply

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, complete the form and we’ll be in touch for a telephone then in-person interview. You’ll get valuable legal advice on how to position yourself for long-term success.

Apply

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