Immigrants? Please!

I recently got a really thoughtful email from a fellow YC alum that reminded me of how screwed up our US immigration procedures are:

I did [Y Combinator] in [redacted] as [redacted], we've since turned into [redacted] and become profitable.  Thanks again for writing that visa letter for my co-founder [redacted], we would have gone out of business without it.

This is a startup, funded by Y Combinator, that barely survived the elaborate process to keep a co-founder in the country.  I've known founders of Canadian origin who've had to leave the States before re-entering quite a few months later because of immigration problems.  It's been a while since the Founder Visa was making the rounds on startup blogs, so let me resurrect it here.

There's already a talent battle going on, so let's add some more supply to the labor market and hand out some more visas to immigrants.  If they're starting companies, or even graduating from our graduate schools, let's give them every incentive we can to stay. Not only is the food better back home, but the opportunities there are starting to rival what we can offer here in the USA.

I don't want to keep churning out these letters, but I most certainly will.

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