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INNOVATION ECONOMY

Grind of getting US visa hobbles building business

In early 2010, it seemed like all of the stars were aligning for Jay Meattle. He had raised several hundred thousand dollars from investors in Boston for his start-up, Shareaholic. And the company, which enables people to easily share online content they find interesting, had just passed the milestone of 1 million users.

But in March of that year, Citizen and Immigration Services denied Meattle’s request for a visa to continue working in this country. And so Meattle, a Tufts University alumnus, was forced to move back to his native India. And he wound up using the money that he raised here to start building Shareaholic’s team in New Delhi.

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