The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has proposed a new 155 page ‘International Entrepreneur Rule’ which will be published in the Federal Register this week for a 45 day public comment period.
Some US colleges are creating "global entrepreneur in residence" programs that allow alumni to work part-time on campus while they develop a business. The part-time campus work qualifies them for the H1b quota cap exemption available to employees of universities. Washington Post article on the topic
Despite rhetoric about the US having a “tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world,” the release of official strategies to ensure that America continues “to lead as the world’s most innovative economy, to develop the industries of the future, and to harness innovation to help address our Nation’s most important challenges,” and countless bills being introduced to revise all or parts of the US immigration system and endless talk of new startup visas, no actions have in actuality been taken that make visas easier to obtain for startup founders and tech professionals. The opposite, in fact, is true as the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has implemented new policy memorandum that re-interpret many existing laws in more restrictive ways over the past two decades. Navigating the immigration minefield is the key to successfully establishing or expanding your tech company in the US. Don’t blink or you’ll miss your chance at the most commonly used tech visa…it's only available for one week!