Global connected carsharing leader partners with Bridge to strengthen and scale its immigration function

Getaround

Challenge

Getaround was first introduced to Bridge in late 2014, having recently announced a $24 million Series B round of funding and eclipsing the 100 employee mark. A successful immigration function was critical for the business because, in addition to having international employees, two of the three company founders (CEO Sam Zaid and Jessica Scorpio) were also visa holders.

Getaround had previously worked with a small traditional immigration firm to handle a few cases early in the company’s history, including Sam and Jessica’s initial H-1B cap cases. However, as the company prepared to scale on the back of its recent funding round, it was looking for an immigration partner who could alleviate the administrative burden on their bandwidth-constrained team while ensuring that every foreign national employees’ case was handled successfully. Any immigration issues, including those that affected the founders, would be significant setbacks for the company.

Approach

Centralized all of the company’s foreign national employee immigration data on the Bridge platform to proactively identify upcoming deadlines
Developed a detailed, long-term immigration plan for every employee including extensions and Green Cards
Fully managed company’s immigration function with minimal effort required by Getaround’s busy People Ops team
Prepared and filed EB-1A Green Cards for two of three company founders
Getaround
"Immigration was a constant mental overhang in the early days of Getaround. Partnering with Bridge has allowed us to stay focused on effectively growing our business."
Sam Zaid
CEO

Results

Identified near-term visa expirations and successfully extended each
Obtained critical EB-1A Green Cards for two co-founders
Enabled significant growth in competitive talent market across technical and non-technical roles
Provided immigration continuity through different HR points of contact and exponential growth
  • Company:
    Getaround
  • Company Overview:
    Getaround is the global connected carsharing leader in 300+ cities across the U.S. and Europe, empowering people to instantly rent and drive great cars shared by people in their city.
  • Total Employees:
    400
  • Immigration Processes:
    H-1B, TN, E-3, L-1, Green Cards
  • Industry:
    Transportation
  • Location:
    San Francisco, CA

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