Currently operating a very small, early-stage startup. Just received first round of seed capital and looking to expand operations this summer. I have been looking for a developer (employee #2) to bring on by May. I found a really sharp, qualified candidate who has seven months left on his student visa before having to return to China. I would like to offer him the position but as a small start-up I do not necessarily have the extensive funds and legal resources to be able to guarantee his visa.
What would be my best course of action in this situation? Are start-ups generally allowed to sponsor work visas or is this a lost cause?
Thanks in advance, any advice is greatly appreciated.