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International Entrepreneur Parole

Dilip Patel

By DILIP PATEL

On May 10, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services made an announcement confirming that that the International Entrepreneur (IE) program remains a viable program for foreign entrepreneurs to create and develop start-up entities with high growth potential in the United States. The program was first announced in 2017, but in 2018, the Trump administration essentially put a hold on it. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has now withdrawn that hold.

The program is designed help to strengthen and grow our nation’s economy through increased capital spending, innovation and job creation.

The IE program grants qualifying foreign nationals temporary permission to enter and remain in the United States for up to five years to grow a start-up business that has potential for rapid growth and job creation. Parole may be granted to 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 also apply for employment authorization in the United States.

An applicant would need to show following to be eligible for parole:

The initial parole would be for 2.5 years. An additional 2.5 years of parole may be available if the applicant demonstrates that:

While the parole does not directly lead to a Green Card, it could provide the time needed to pursue other longer term solutions. The IE program can be a useful immigration solution for some entrepreneurs.

Dilip Patel of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, a board-certified expert on immigration law, can be reached at (813) 222-1120 or email dilip.patel@bipc.com

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