UMass Boston Recognized for Cutting-Edge Venture Development Center

The University of Massachusetts Boston, an NEC member, was recently highlighted in Entrepreneur Magazine for its unique solution to tackling the challenges and limitations of H-1B Visa restrictions for non-US citizen entrepreneurs: the Venture Development Center.

Venture Development Center opened in 2015 to provide an opportunity for immigrant entrepreneurs to receive a three-year H-1B visa in exchange for teaching classes at UMass Boston. The program, spearheaded at UMass Boston by Assistant Vice Provost William Brah, utilizes loophole provision of the H-1B visa program that allows academic institutions to sponsor an unlimited number of H-1B visas to anyone studying and/or teaching in the U.S. While this program is currently one of only a few across the U.S., UMass Boston faculty have been in contact with other universities and colleges around the country to discuss establishing similar programs.

“These are some of the best and brightest on the planet,” Brah says. “They want to give back, they want to lecture in class, they want to manage student projects, they want to train interns.”

The New England Council applauds UMass Boston for creating this cutting-edge program and leveraging  the Venture Development Center to provide students a unique learning opportunity. Read more in Entrepreneur and BostInno.

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