He started a company and created seven jobs in the Bay Area since moving to the U.S. in 2011. But immigration authorities tried to deport him earlier this year. The Canadian techie, who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity, was in the U.S. on an H-1B visa, the most common type of visa for immigrant workers. But H-1B petitions must be sponsored by an employer, which makes it difficult — but not impossible — for startup founders to qualify. Holders must prove they can be hired, fired, paid and controlled by the company.
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