U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 10, 2021, that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is withdrawing a 2018 proposed rule that would have removed the International Entrepreneur parole program from DHS regulations. USCIS said the program, first introduced in 2017, “will remain a viable program for foreign entrepreneurs to create and develop start-up entities with high growth potential in the United States.”

Under the program, parole may be granted for up to three entrepreneurs per start-up entity, as well as their spouses and children. Entrepreneurs granted parole are eligible to work only for their start-up business. Their spouses may apply for employment authorization in the United States, but their children are not eligible for such authorization based on the program. An applicant must file Form I-941, Application for Entrepreneur Parole, with the required fees (including biometric) and supporting documentary evidence. The fees are $1,200 for filing the
I-941 and $85 for biometrics. Additional forms and fees are required for spouses and children.

Miller Mayer has experience advising international entrepreneurs. For a webinar on this topic, see https://millermayer.com/2019/webinar-from-idea-to-ipo/. For an article summarizing visa options for international entrepreneurs, see https://millermayer.com/2016/visa-options-immigrant-entrepreneurs/. And for an article about how international entrepreneurs can qualify for a green card in the EB-1A extraordinary ability category, see https://millermayer.com/2018/extraordinary-entrepreneurs-require-extraordinary-evidence-eb-1a-aao-decisions-under-the-trump-administration/.

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