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.
UPDATE 9/6/16: THE 45 DAY DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED INTERNATIONAL ENTREPRENEUR RULE IS 10/17/16. YOUR COMMENTS CAN HELP MAKE SURE THIS RULE BECOMES A REALITY. YOU CAN COMMENT AT: http://bit.ly/2c8UA2q
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!