BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- Entrepreneurs and venture-capital investors are lobbying Congress to create a visa category for immigrants who start new businesses, arguing that reform could help launch the next Google ( GOOG), eBay ( EBAY), Intel ( INTC) or DuPont ( DD), whose founders were born outside the U.S."If you're a foreigner and you want to start a company in the U.S., it's hard to get a visa to do that," says Brad Feld, a managing director of venture-capital firm The Foundry Group and a co-founder of StartupVisa.com, which is spearheading the movement. The U.S. offers a visa for foreign investors, the EB-5, which requires a business investment of at least $1 million and the creation of at least 10 jobs. "If you invest a million dollars of your own money, the U.S. government will give you a green card," says Fan Bi, founder of startup Blank Label. But the EB-5 is little solace to entrepreneurs whose businesses are too new to be profitable, but who want to stay in the country to make that first million bucks. And investors may be wary of funding entrepreneurs who don't have green cards. StartupVisa.com features the story of Eric Diep, a Canadian who says he invented the popular Facebook quizzes application, though he was unable to secure American venture funding because he was unable to secure an American visa. Bi, meanwhile, now has to manage the Boston-based company from Shanghai because his one-year student visa ran out last year. He created his company while on an entrepreneurial exchange program at Babson College, which is based in Wellesley, Mass.