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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has recently expanded its online resources on uscis.gov to provide an overview of the temporary and permanent pathways available for noncitizen entrepreneurs seeking to work in the United States. These new pages cover Nonimmigrant or Parole Pathways for Entrepreneur Employment in the United States, Immigrant Pathways for Entrepreneur Employment in the United States, and Options for Noncitizen Entrepreneurs to Work in the United States. The guide offers crucial immigration-related considerations for entrepreneurs who plan to establish or manage a business in the U.S.
Over the years, the U.S. has been a popular destination for top talents from all over the world. Attracting entrepreneurs has led to groundbreaking innovation, and the creation of new jobs, industries, and opportunities for Americans.
In line with promoting entrepreneurship, innovation, and job creation in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security published the International Entrepreneur Rule in 2017. The rule provides a framework for the use of the DHS’s parole authority to grant a period of authorized stay, on a case-by-case basis, to noncitizen entrepreneurs who possess a substantial ownership interest in a start-up entity.
After fully implementing the International Entrepreneur Rule in 2021, USCIS continues to receive a growing number of applications and adjudicate them as expeditiously as possible. To offer more guidance, the Policy Manual now includes comprehensive information on the entrepreneur parole adjudication process, criteria for consideration, evidence, and documentation, and options available to the entrepreneur’s family to join the entrepreneur as parolees.
Although parolees may not have been admitted into the United States for immigration law purposes, they are authorized to enter and remain in the country and may be allowed to work. For more information, check out Part G (International Entrepreneur Parole) in Volume 3, Humanitarian Protection and Parole, of the USCIS Policy Manual or visit the International Entrepreneur Parole page for information on the criteria for consideration, how to apply, and other questions and answers.
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