America relies on immigration, and we’re not just talking about the immigrants that built this country in the late eighteenth century. The Partnership for a New American Economy believes we’ve been so successful as a nation because we are adept at attracting international talent.

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In 2010, immigrants or their children founded nearly half of the Fortune 500 companies and employed about 10 million people. Part of the reason that we can attract talent from the worldwide market our capitalistic society, but we also accept more new immigrants per year than any other country.

The message to gather from this data is clear: In order to continue to prosper as we always have, we need to continue fostering immigration. Much of this relies on the H1-B visa program, aimed at skilled professionals wishing to work in the United States.

If you’re planning to apply for an H1-B visa or to find another way to live and work in the country, we can offer legal expertise to assist you. At O’Brien Law Group, we have more than 15 years of experience working with immigrants in Louisville, and we are committed to protecting our clients’ rights.

To schedule a consultation with a Louisville immigration lawyer from our firm, call us today at 502-400-7890.

1. A Russian Immigrant Co-Founded Google

Google is the quintessential American company: It’s innovative and utilitarian. Currently, it is worth an estimated $87.3 billion. Would it surprise you to learn that an immigrant co-founded the company that people all over the world identify as truly American?

According to the Huffington Post, Sergey Brin and Larry Page started Google as a PhD research project in 1996. Prior to that, Brin lived in the Soviet Union.

His father, a mathematician, moved his family after attending an international conference and discovering how free his American counterparts were to explore their field in a creative way.

2. Jerry Yang, Founder of Yahoo!

Yahoo is another company that grew out of a college friendship. Jerry Yang, an immigrant from Taiwan co-founded this Google competitor with David Filo while the two attended graduate school at Stanford University.

At 10 years old, Yang moved to the United States with his mother, and he only knew the English word “shoe” before arriving in the country. In just three years, he was able to reach fluency in his new language.

After high school, Yang went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Science and an MS in electrical engineering at Stanford University. Now, Yang is worth approximately $1.2 billion and is one of the most successful immigrants in the United States.

These are just two of the countless immigrant success stories in this country, though. Immigrants founded many other U.S. companies, including Goldman Sachs, AT&T, eBay, Sara Lee and Colgate.

If you’re looking for an immigration lawyer to help you navigate the U.S. legal system, contact us. At O’Brien Law Group, we offer a variety of services, including H1-B visas, green cards, deportations and I-9 compliance.

To speak with a immigration lawyer in Louisville, call us today at 502-400-7890.

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