Entrepreneurship in Pasadena: The need for Immigration Reform


March 29, 2016 at 6:30pm


130 W Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103
United States


Joshua Rodriguez


Pasadena is home to several institutions of innovation that draw talented individuals from all over the world, including Caltech, JPL, and a host of fast-growing tech companies based in the city.

More than 40% of Fortune 500 companies - like Google, Facebook, Oracle, and Apple - were founded by immigrants or their children, and immigrant founders continue to drive growth and success in the tech sector. Despite this, major barriers still exist for immigrant entrepreneurs hoping to start their own companies in the US, including limited pathways for graduates, overly restrictive visa quotas, green card lines stretching back decades, and a hostile political climate in Washington.

With the H-1B application opening up on April 1st, we want to center the conversation on the barriers immigrant entrepreneurs and technologists must face when dealing with the legal immigration system in this country.  Every year, there is a lottery for 85,000 H-1B visas; last year, 233,000 people applied in a 6-day window before the application was closed. Only about 36% of applicants were granted an opportunity to contribute their brilliance to our country in 2015.

With so much talent readily available, what can we do to better welcome these talented students and individual who arrive in the U.S. with a dream, and allow more individuals the opportunity to move our country forward with new and innovative ideas?

Our panel consists of an immigration attorney from Mayer Brown, individuals who work at OpenX and Spokeo, and a Caltech student.

Drinks and light appetizers will be provided. 

Click here to see our blog post on the H-1B Visa Cap 2015: http://blog.fwd.us/h-1b_visa_cap


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