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The most innovative H-1B visa solution for top-tier global talent.

99% Visa approval rate
175+ Foreign national participants
20% of Fellowship graduates listed on a patent
14M+ funding raised by Build Fellows
99% Visa approval rate
175+ Foreign national participants
20% of Fellowship graduates listed on a patent
14M+ funding raised by Build Fellows
99% Visa approval rate
175+ Foreign national participants
20% of Fellowship graduates listed on a patent
14M+ funding raised by Build Fellows
99% Visa approval rate
175+ Foreign national participants
20% of Fellowship graduates listed on a patent
14M+ funding raised by Build Fellows
99% Visa approval rate
175+ Foreign national participants
20% of Fellowship graduates listed on a patent
14M+ funding raised by Build Fellows
99% Visa approval rate
175+ Foreign national participants
20% of Fellowship graduates listed on a patent
14M+ funding raised by Build Fellows

Partnering to build U.S. 
visa solutions

The Build Fellowship is a nationwide, cap-exempt H-1B visa fellowship for global talent seeking to grow careers and companies in the United States. Deel provides support for the entire global mobility process, enabling employees to work from around the world.

Application

The Build Fellowship welcomes applications from foreign national innovators, experts, and entrepreneurs seeking immigration solutions for U.S. employment.

Placement

The Build Fellowship places global talent in part-time positions at our partner nonprofits and universities.

Employment

By working part-time for partner organizations, Build Fellows secure their cap-exempt H-1B visa, allowing them to be employed full time at U.S. companies.

How it works

Build Fellows

Global talent applies for The Build Fellowship to access an immigration solution and train the future U.S. workforce.

Companies

Nominate global talent for The Build Fellowship to hire and retain employees, and also access a pipeline of candidates.

Nonprofits

Launch Build Fellowship programs to offer part-time, cap-exempt H-1B positions for global talent to work with university partners.

Universities

Partner with nonprofits to offer students access and work experiences with Build Fellows from high-growth companies.

Fellowship requirements

Global Talent Qualifications
  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience in a specialized field
  • Ability to dedicate 5+ hours per week to educational programming initiatives and workforce development.
  • A benefactor (a company, organization, or individual) willing to support the Fellowship costs – Fellows cannot fund their own Fellowship.
FELLOWSHIP COMMITMENT
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, Fellowships can begin at any time.
  • Fellows are sponsored for cap-exempt H-1Bs for up to 3 years, with a minimum 6 month commitment.
  • A 3 year extension is possible.

Fellowship timeline

Evaluation & Contracting
2 - 3 Weeks
  • Nomination and application
  • Candidate screening and H-1B evaluation
  • Contract signed
Visa processing
6 - 8 Weeks
  • Petition document development
  • Cap-exempt H-1B visa approved (if no RFE)
FELLOWSHIP Begins
1 Week
  • Employment starts
  • Full-time employer files concurrent visa petition

For individuals outside of the U.S., their Fellowship begins when they enter the United States with a visa stamp

Sophie Alcorn

Our clients appreciate working with Open Avenues! The program provides an alternative path for individuals to live and work in the U.S. when their employment here is urgent and important and if they aren't qualified for an O-1 yet or can't afford to wait for the H-1B lottery. It's wonderful being able to offer our clients an alternate path. Not only are our clients' lives and companies changed, but it's amazing to pay it forward and improve the quality of U.S. STEM education for our students!

Sophie Alcorn

,

Alcorn Immigration Law

Alex Peters

The Open Avenues Foundation has proven to be an invaluable partner for my practice. The Build Fellowship has ensured that my clients are able to retain key foreign talent while participants can continue to develop their practical skills in the United States. This is an essential solution to problems posed by an unpredictable immigration landscape.

Alex Peters

,

Peters Immigration Law P.C.

Bob Webber

Every year the H-1B cap lottery gets worse and the odds are stacked against employers and their candidates who require an H-1B work visa. I am very glad to have found out about Open Avenues [Build Fellowship] and its unique model to facilitate concurrent H-1B opportunities— it is definitely worth checking out.

Bob Webber

,

Webber Arredondo Oja, LLC

Robert DiFazio

We're grateful to have learned about The Build Fellowship, which has been key to hiring and retaining talent in scientific expertise sets. Build is an invaluable resource in the face of an otherwise frustrating and opaque process.

Robert DiFazio

CEO

,

Parallel Bio

Kendra Heard

The Build Fellowship has given us peace of mind. This opportunity allows us to retain our top talent and gives our employees a chance to practice their leadership and project management skills.

Kendra Heard

HR

,

Outrider.ai

Jad Esber

Through The Build Fellowship we were able to retain exceptionally talented people that go above and beyond in their roles and are dedicated to the mission of our work.

Jad Esber

Founder

,

Koodos Labs

Mason Zheng

The Build Fellowship has put together a superb program. We were able to get our employee from overseas and shepherd his H-1B capped process. Highly recommend as the complete end-to-end solution for your H-1B needs. ‍

Mason Zheng

Founder

,

Telgorithm

Aisha Francis

The Build Fellowship has brought top talent from growing companies to inspire and educate our students. They have been instrumental in helping diverse learners build social capital and technical skills to land fulfilling roles at high-growth companies. ‍

Aisha Francis

President

,

Franklin Tech

Ketaki Adhikari

The Build Fellowship changed my life for the better! Not only did it do so in the most obvious way (set up an immigration pathway in the U.S.) but it also helped me discover my own leadership and management skills. ‍

Ketaki Adhikari

Principal Research Associate

,

Foghorn Therapeutics

Lauren Abda

Through The Build Fellowship we were able to retain exceptionally talented people that go above and beyond in their roles and are dedicated to the mission of our work.

Lauren Abda

Founder

,

Branchfood

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