In 2017, the Department of Homeland Security introduced the International Entrepreneur (IE) parole program, which was intended to allow foreign entrepreneurs to create and develop start-ups in the United States. This beneficial program was put into place to strengthen to our nation’s economy and encourage creativity and innovation. In 2018, the Department of Homeland Security put forth a notice of proposed rulemaking that would remove the IE program. Earlier this week, USCIS announced that the Department of Homeland Security is withdrawing that notice, allowing the IE program to continue in its original form.
According to the regulations, applicants can obtain parole for up to three entrepreneurs per start-up as well as their spouses and children. Accepted entrepreneurs have work authorization only for their start-up, and their spouses may apply for employment authorization. Children are not eligible for employment authorization based on this program.
USCIS encourages anyone eligible to take advantage of the program. Eligible individuals must:
Contact an attorney at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. if you have questions about whether you might qualify for parole under the International Entrepreneur parole program.
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