Tech Visas: International Hiring for Startups and the Tech Community

Date(s) - 06/13/17
9:00 am - 10:00 am


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Tech Visas: International Hiring for Startups and the Tech Community

Tue, June 13, 2017 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Immigrants have founded 51% of U.S. billion-dollar startups and have created, on average, 760 jobs per company in the U.S. In light of recent challenges to the immigration system, it is vital that we preserve and expand opportunities for immigrants to bring, or keep, their talent, expertise and resulting jobs in the United States. In the current political climate, we must celebrate the contributions of immigrants and protect those who make the industry great. Learn how members of the tech community are directly impacted by changes in immigration law and what you can do to be part of the solution.


  • Learn the basics of immigration law and how it applies to the tech community
  • Gain a basic understanding how to navigate the U.S. immigration system under a heightened level of scrutiny
  • Learn how to advocate for yourself, your colleagues, and the tech community to ensure that our immigration system meets the needs of today’s tech workers
  • Gain the knowledge necessary to address potential new challenges that tech workers and employers may face under the new administration


Fiona McEntee is the Managing Attorney of the McEntee Law Group. Fiona is a leading immigration attorney and she has been practicing immigration law exclusively for almost 10 years. She has provided immigration-specific commentary on MSNBC, CBS, Fox Chicago, RTE Radio, BBC Radio, Nationwide News Network in Kingston Jamaica and many more outlets. Additionally, she has been quoted in major media throughout the States and globally including the Irish Times, the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Irish Independent, Huck Magazine, the Irish American News.

Ray McEntee is a Partner of the McEntee Law Group and is also a qualified lawyer in Ireland/UK. Ray worked in banking law and commercial litigation in Ireland before deciding to move to America. Ray joined the McEntee Law Group in 2014 and has been working in immigration law ever since.

The McEntee Law Group is an established U.S. immigration law practice representing international corporations, technology start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors, leading musicians and renowned artists. Headquartered in Chicago with a satellite office in Dublin, McEntee Law Group provides visa and green card assistance throughout the United States, across all sectors including technology, consumer goods, retail, hospitality, agriculture, pharmaceutical and entertainment.

McEntee Law Group also works with many foreign companies that are expanding to the States. Additionally, the firm works with start-up businesses on a frequent basis. Fiona and Ray host mentor office hours at 1871 and 2112, and regularly present in other incubators throughout the city.

Fiona and Ray spend a significant amount of time providing pro-bono immigration legal services. They have been opposing the current Administration’s Travel Ban since Day 1 and were founding members of the O’Hare Airport Attorney Team.

Ivette Moratya is the Midwest Chapter Manager for is a bipartisan organization started by key leaders in the tech community to promote policies to keep the United States and its citizens competitive in a global economy, starting with commonsense immigration reform and criminal justice reform.

Connect with Fiona, Ray, and Ivette on LinkedIn:

Fiona McEntee

Raymond McEntee

Ivette Moratya