I graduated college and founded a company. I want to be able to stay and work for it but my OPT expires in 1 year. I wonder if I still qualify for a STEM extension if I'm the owner of my company?
Let's assume you can extend your OPT under the STEM regulations. You'll still have to figure out what to do after your final OPT extension expires. You cannot run your own company as a self-employed professional in H-1B status so you'll have to see if you qualify for another visa (perhaps an investor visa, if a treaty exists between your country and the U.S.) or you'll have to transition your role as owner to employee to qualify for some of the non-immigrant employment visas (most of which require that an employer sponsor the beneficiary employee---no self-employment allowed).
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Is this company registered with e-verify?
Talk to your foreign student adviser ... self-employment is possible with OPT ... but not easy to do.
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Its time for a consultation with an attorney to make some longer term plans. As stated by Att. Cordova, in the meantime some likely categories to investigate are E, L, H, maybe O?
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