Startup Visas Get New Push

The Wall Street Journal
November 22, 2012

A coalition of entrepreneurs, investors and advocacy groups is pressing its campaign for a special visa that would allow foreigners who launch companies to stay in the U.S.

The group hopes to avoid situations like the one faced by Asaf Darash. Mr. Darash, 38 years old, who was born in Israel and raised there and in Australia, started software firm Regpack Inc. after moving to the U.S. in 2010. He entered the country on a J-2 visa associated with his wife’s research in an academic exchange program.

In April, his company applied for an H-1B visa—a type for foreign employees of companies in the U.S.—for Mr. Darash to stay and build his company. Regpack employs 15 people at its San Francisco headquarters.

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