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workshop: Immigration Law for Startups and Entrpreneurs

Workshop: Immigration Law for Startups and Entrepreneurs – Attract & Retain The Best Global Talent


Wed. Jan. 29th


6:00 – 9:00 pm


Founders Floor, San Jose View on Google Maps

Startups and Entrepreneurs – Attract & Retain The Best Global Talent

Sweta Khandelwal (Principal Attorney, Immigration Law)
Twitter @khandelwalaw

Sweta Khandelwal

Principal Attorney, Immigration Law

Law Offices of Sweta Khandelwal


Please join us Wednesday, January 29 at 6:00 p.m. here at Founders Floor for a detailed workshop on immigration law for startups and entrepreneurs.  


The last few years have witnessed a significant shift in the way immigration laws have been interpreted and applied.  Starting with President Trump’s Be American Buy American Executive Order, we have witnessed a significant, yet subtle change in how immigration applications and petitions are being adjudicated. In this workshop we will review how foreign-born entrepreneurs and start-up business owners can stay in the United States, start and work for their company-without being deported!  We will also explain the basics of how US business’ can hire and retain foreign-born talent, in the context of today’s immigration climate. 


Knowledge of US visa laws is critical to the success, continuance, and growth of most Silicon Valley business’ and obtaining the correct visa for themselves or their team is often the first hurdle faced by many founders.  


If you are a startup or entrepreneur, this is a workshop you do not want to miss!


The event starts with a networking reception where food and drinks will be provided.

In this workshop, we will cover many topics, including:


  • Review the visa options available for foreign entrepreneurs, founders, visitors, students, employees, and investors.
  • How the immigration status of founders can impact their ability to fundraise.
  • Discuss the do’s and don’ts of hiring foreign students and interns.
  • Better understand the challenges that the Trump administration poses to a tech economy that relies on highly trained workers to compete in a global environment.
  • In-depth review of different visa programs such as the B-1, F-1, OPT, E-2, L-1, H-1B, O-1 among others.  We will also discuss the changes that are being implemented to key visa programs like the H-1B. 
  • And so much more, including your questions!


Have an immigration question you would like to ask or learn about during the workshop? Submit your question or topic to our online question portal – // either before or during the event.


This workshop will tell you all you need to know about US Immigration laws and how they impact US business. If you are a startup founder or entrepreneur, this is a workshop you do not want to miss!





You must purchase a ticket to attend. Food and drink will be available, and there is free parking close-by. Pre-purchasing a ticket saves you $10.

General Admission

General Admission – At The Door

Sponsor Table

General Admission

General Admission – At The Door

Sponsor Table


6-7 pm | Registration, Dinner + Networking

7-8 pm | Investor Discussion & Startup Pitches

8-9pm | Meet the Investors and Network


Free parking is available close by as well as public transport. More details below.



              Sweta Khandelwal
Principal Attorney, Immigration Law


Sweta Khandelwal is the Principal Attorney for the Law Offices of Sweta Khandelwal, and has been practicing immigration law for more than 10 years. As an immigrant herself, Sweta has faced visa complexities first hand. She came to the United States as a dependent on an H-4 visa, transferred to a student (F-1) visa, interned under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, worked on an H-1B visa and ultimately became self-employed while obtaining her permanent residency.  Her practice is focused on business and family immigration and serves clients across multiple nationalities from offices in San Jose and San Francisco. 


Sweta has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer, Rising Stars” (2018 & 2019), and has been a speaker at multiple events across the United States and internationally in leading forums like Stanford, MIT, Capital factory (Austin), US Patent and Trademark Office, and the American Immigration National Association.   


Please visit to learn more about immigration law services from the Law Offices of Sweta Khandelwal.






Street parking is available for free after 6:00 pm. Where: Santa Clara St., North Market St., and St John St. are closest to Founders Floor. A free parking garage is available one block away for a 2 hour period. Where: 45 N. Market St., between W. Santa Clara St. and W. St. John St. View on Google Maps How: Ask for the 2 hour parking voucher when you check in at Founders Floor.


VTA Light Rail is right outside our building, and runs every 20 minutes making public transportation fast and easy. Both the Mountain View-Winchester and the Alum Rock-Santa Teresa VTA light rail stop at the Santa Clara Station(s) which is located just a block away.

Refund Policy

You may request a refund up to 48 hours before the event. Unfortunately, any refunds requested less than 48 hours before the event cannot be honored. Thank you for your understanding.


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