Summary Box: Startup sees ship as visa solution


THE IDEA: A California startup wants to dock a vessel off the coast, in international waters, to house foreign entrepreneurs who have dreams of creating the next Google but can’t get visas to work in the United States.

IMMIGRATION HURDLES: Technology companies have long complained that immigration policies are too tight, leading to a brain drain. Foreign engineers and others must leave the U.S. after getting their degrees from a U.S. college or university.

THE DETAILS: As envisioned, the ship would accommodate about 1,000 people and be docked 12 miles southwest of San Francisco Bay. Residents would be ferried ashore with temporary business or tourist visas, which are easier to get, to meet with investors, collaborators, partners and others.