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America’s Tradition of Rewarding Talent: The Case For an Immigrant Entrepreneur Visa

"Startup businesses are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, introducing new ideas and innovations, and bringing competition that can improve productivity, aid consumers and provide new opportunities for both investors and workers. However, U.S. immigration policy does not look kindly on foreign nationals...

Eased Immigration Laws May Spur Growth, U.S. Chamber Report Says

"The U.S. needs to ease restrictions on immigrants who plan to open businesses, and create a separate visa for potential entrepreneurs, according to a report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Current immigration laws make it difficult for people to enter the U.S. and start a business, according...

Halt America's Decline, Welcome Skilled, Entrepreneurial Immigrants

"One wonders how the US has an immigration system dominated by quotas, which also micromanages the employer and foreign national worker, when it espouses free market capitalism. Such a system is more reminiscent of one that could have been designed by communist apparatchiks in the former Soviet...

Immigrants and Small Business

" Immigrants are known as entrepreneurial people, for obvious reasons: those with the ambition and energy to uproot themselves and build new lives in a distant land are well equipped to build businesses and the economy, too. That is the common wisdom, anyway, which a new study from the Fiscal Policy...

Decline in Immigrant Entre­pre­neur­ship Threatens U.S. Competitiveness­­­

" The once steady rise in immigrant entrepreneurship has stalled in the United States, threatening to further slow an already sluggish economic recovery. Over the past six years, the proportion of new companies founded by foreign-born individuals has slipped to 24.3 percent from 25.3 percent, according...

USCIS Courts Entrepreneurs

" U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas marked a significant milestone for the USCIS Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) initiative by launching an online resource center today at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship in Cambridge, Mass. The resource...

Will New Portal for Entrepreneurs Help Change USCIS 'Culture of No?'

" Consistent with its earlier policy of welcoming entrepreneurs, the USCIS launched a new portal called Entrepreneur Pathways providing resources on how foreign entrepreneurs can use existing visas to launch their innovative startups in the US. The portal is quite good, and it is hoped that USCIS...

David Ware: USCIS' Entrepreneur Portal Just 'Window Dressing'

David A.M. Ware writes: "I must take issue with Cyrus Mehta’s quote that the new USCIS portal, Entrepreneur Pathways, is “quite good”. While the site does neatly summarize the nonimmigrant and immigrant options open to a limited class of well financed business persons, it provides...

The Sweet Smell of Success: H-1B Visas for Entrepreneurs

"The title of this blog may seem odd as the H-1B visa is usually associated with an employee who earns a regular wage at the prevailing rate. Yet, entrepreneurs may benefit from the H-1B. Since the USCIS recently set up an Entrepreneur Pathways Portal inviting entrepreneurs to use existing nonimmigrant...

Other Countries Court Skilled Immigrants Frustrated By U.S. Visa Laws

While other countries are actively recruiting foreign-born U.S. graduates, the United States has strict limits on visas for highly skilled workers that often put them on waiting lists of many years. And unlike Canada and other countries, the United States offers no specific visa for young entrepreneurs...

The Blocking of an Entrepreneur: A Broken Immigration System at Work

"3D printing technology is about to revolutionize the way we understand manufacturing, and the country that takes the lead in this new technology will be the winner ofwhat The Economist magazine has called the third industrial revolution. A state of the art hearing aid or a high tech component for...

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Drive the Economy

"They may be small in number, but immigrants are starting businesses at a higher rate than entrepreneurs who were born in the United States. Recent data from the SBA and Census Bureau shows a 0.62% rate of business formation among immigrants, compared to a 0.28% rate for non-immigrants. Moreover...

Rethinking Immigration: If America Will Welcome More Entrepreneurs, Why Not More Creatives?

"While we obsess on the need to invite more immigrant entrepreneurs, why is there no comparable fixation on the importance of welcoming entrepreneurship's kissing cousin, creativity? We acknowledge the creativity of knowledge workers, yet we fail to see the urgency of freely inviting members...

USCIS to Expand Entrepreneurs in Residence Initiative

USCIS, May 8, 2013 : " In just over one year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) innovative Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) initiative has produced real benefits that will strengthen agency policies and practices relating to job-creating immigrant entrepreneurs who help advance...

Revitalization in the Heartland of America: Welcoming Immigrant Entrepreneurs for Economic Development

"A potent combination of declining population growth and economic stagnation has led many cities and metropolitan regions to rethink how to reinvigorate their communities. The Midwest is a prime example of this trend. According to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, “the Midwest cannot...

Are We Truly Welcoming Foreign Entrepreneurs to America?

Cora-Ann V. Pestaina, Oct. 20, 2015 - "Unfortunately, too often a benefit conferred on one hand is taken away by the other hand. USCIS has created these seemingly great avenues for entrepreneurs but other USCIS initiatives and other agencies such as the Department of Labor (DOL) make it harder for...

Cyrus D. Mehta - Suffocating The Foreign Entrepreneur Under The New STEM OPT Rule

Cyrus D. Mehta, Mar. 21, 2016 - "F-1 employers must attest that the F-1 employee is paid a salary commensurate with similarly situated workers and that: “(1) it has sufficient resources and trained personnel available to provide appropriate training in connection with the specified opportunity;...

Universities Boost 'Cap-Exempt' H-1B Visa Programs for Entrepreneurs

AP, July 6, 2016 - "The H-1B visa is the primary work permit for foreign nationals, reserved for employees with at least a bachelor’s degree who work in specialty occupations such as math or technology. Workers must be sponsored by an employer to enter an annual lottery for the 85,000 visas...

Advance Copy of USCIS Proposed Rule: Parole for Entrepreneurs (Pub. Date Aug. 31, 2016)

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 08/31/2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to amend its regulations implementing the Secretary of Homeland Security’s discretionary parole authority to increase and enhance entrepreneurship, innovation...

Angelo A. Paparelli: Venture Capitalists and Immigration Proponents Likely Disappointed by USCIS Proposed Entrepreneurial Parolee Rule

Angelo A. Paparelli, Aug. 26, 2016 - "Venture capitalists and foreign entrepreneurs — who have waited since November 2014 to see how USCIS would articulate President Obama’s Executive Action announcing a proposed rule — are likely to be disappointed. They may see the benefit of...

Entrepreneur Parole Proposed Rule Published in Federal Register

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 169 / Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - " The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to amend its regulations implementing the Secretary of Homeland Security’s discretionary parole authority to increase and enhance entrepreneurship, innovation, and job creation...

Entrepreneurs Need Congressional Action - Cyrus Mehta

Cyrus Mehta, Sept. 3, 2016 - Harmonious Coexistence: New Parole for International Entrepreneurs and Old Entrepreneur Pathways Portal "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed a rule allowing certain international entrepreneurs to be considered for parole (temporary permission...

Reviving The National Interest Waiver For International Entrepreneurs - Cyrus Mehta

Cyrus Mehta, Oct. 24, 2016 - "A proposed rule would allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to use its existing discretionary statutory parole authority for entrepreneurs of startup entities whose stay in the United States would provide a “significant public benefit through the substantial...

Advance Copy of DHS Final Rule: Parole for Entrepreneurs

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 01/17/2017 - "This final rule amends Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations to implement the Secretary of Homeland Security’s discretionary parole authority in order to increase and enhance entrepreneurship, innovation...

USCIS Final Rule: International Entrepreneur Rule

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 10 / Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - "This final rule amends Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations to implement the Secretary of Homeland Security’s discretionary parole authority in order to increase and enhance entrepreneurship, innovation, and job...