The so-called “Startup Visa” has been proposed and debated for years, and finally in January 2017, the closest version to the Startup Visa, the International Entrepreneur Rule was made into the law. It was supposed to take effect on July 17, 2017, but now the government decided to postpone the effective date until March 14, 2018, and is calling for “comments from the public regarding a proposal to rescind the rule.” We only have 30 days to submit our comments on this rule, which ends on August 10, 2017, so let’s submit our voices soon! Continue reading
On January 17, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security published International Entrepreneur Rule which is the closest to the “Startup Visa” that was proposed years ago. This new rule will allow entrepreneurs at a start-up company to stay and work in the U.S. for up to 5 years. This new rule takes effect on July 17, 2017. Continue reading
On 06/25/2015, the USCIS held a public engagement teleconference regarding its new program creating a parole status for inventors, researchers and founders of start-up enterprises. This program is proposed as part of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration announced on November 20, 2014. The rules of the program are not set yet, and the purpose of the teleconference was for the USCIS to receive comments from stakeholders so that they can create the detailed rules for this parole program. Continue reading
On February 24, 2015, USCIS announced that it will grant employment authorization (EAD) to certain H4 holders, whose number is estimated to be as high as 179,600 people in the first year. USCIS will start accepting applications starting May 26, 2015. On February 26, USCIS hosted a teleconference, clarifying some of the rules and procedures of EAD application. Continue reading
On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced his planned executive actions on immigration. The big focus was on the relief for undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens. If they meet certain requirements, they can get employment authorization under the DACA program. The less discussed is the business side of immigration, especially the executive actions that will affect the startup community.
In President Obama’s Thursday announcement, he said, “Second, I will make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed.” However, this was all he said about this 2nd action in his whole speech. The memorandum released by the Department of Homeland Security gives a little more detail. The memorandum with the subject of “Policies Supporting U.S. High-Skilled Businesses and Workers” lists 5 policy changes, 3 of which have important effect on entrepreneurs who want to start a company. Continue reading