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Startup Spotlight:
Cyvatar co-founder secures O-1 visa to scale rapidly growing cybersecurity-as-a-service startup

In 2019, Craig Goodwin and Corey White founded Cyvatar: a startup that levels the playing field in the cybersecurity market by providing an end-to-end security solution for businesses of any size and budget. Since then, Craig and the Cyvatar team have been on a trajectory to the moon and beyond. In June 2021, Cyvatar raised $9 million in Series A funding, amounting to a total of $12 million in less than a year. On top of that, Craig secured an O-1 visa, a critical move to serve the rapidly growing U.S. customer base.


Founder Spotlight: Improving Diabetes Care With AI

Julian needed a work visa to join his cofounder, Ali, in the Bay Area in order to establish a U.S. hub and accelerate growth. After shopping around, Julian found Legalpad. With an O-1 approval in hand, Julian and Ali are advancing Center to improve the lives of those managing diabetes


International Entrepreneur Parole
vs. O-1 Visa

The International Entrepreneur Parole Rule (IEP) is here to stay! IEP is another pathway for entrepreneurs to build U.S. companies, but is it right for you? Learn about the key differences between IEP and the O-1.


Founder Spotlight: A Plan Written in the Stars: Brazilian Astrology Jewelry Creator Finds a Path Forward in the U.S.

When Daniela Vianna, co-founder of Ephemeris Co., found herself stuck in the United States following the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020, Daniela needed a new plan. The various U.S. immigration options for entrepreneurs like Daniela are often unclear so she had to get creative—and persistent. Daniela spoke to numerous immigration attorneys but was left with few options, until she discovered Legalpad.


Techstars Founder Secures O-1 Visa to Build Emotional Intelligence Platform

Securing a work visa was critical for Sid Pandiya as a graduating senior at UCLA. Many of Sid’s friends were considering the H-1B path, but Sid wanted to find a work visa that would allow him to live and work in the U.S. and grow his startup, Kona, an emotional intelligence platform.


Founder Spotlight:
Vicki Guan | Co-Founder of Evri

We recently got to spend some time talking with Vicki Guan, co-founder of Evri. She’s one of our innovative and inspiring customers who has drawn on her life experiences as she’s created a market-altering product. Even in the midst of so many unforeseen impacts of COVID-19, Vicki and her team are working tirelessly to adapt to our changing world.


Legalpad Staff Attorney Tips On Drafting The Best O-1 Petition

For the O-1 visa petition, there are several things to keep in mind when drafting a petition. Here are some tips from our staff attorney team.


Hitting The Accelerator

If you're an entrepreneur in the tech space -- or any space really -- you’ve probably at least heard of, or considered going through an accelerator. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of taking that step.


Who Is On The O-1 Visa?

The O-1 visa is granted to those with extraordinary ability in science, technology, business, and other areas of expertise. See what countries and regions O-1 visa holders are from.


Qualifying For The O-1

The O-1 visa may seem out of reach, but thousands of startup founders and key talent qualify without even knowing it. This article walks you through the O-1 criteria and how to qualify.


You’re Approved: A series celebrating those seeking opportunity around the world.

A series celebrating those seeking opportunity around the world.

Policy Updates

O-1 Visa Stamping During The COVID-19 Pandemic 

You may have options if your O-1 petition has been approved but you are outside the U.S. and unable to obtain the O-1 visa stamp because of COVID-19 restrictions. Several Legalpad customers were recently granted national interest exceptions to obtain their visa stamps and enter the U.S.