D&S Update: Delay of Effective Date of Final Rule on Parole for Start-Up Entrepreneurs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued an update to the Federal Register postponing the effective date of the Final Rule on Parole for Start-Up Entrepreneurs until March 14, 2018.

Prior to the postponement, the rule was set to become effective next week, on July 17, 2017. Once effective, the rule would permit DHS to grant parole to qualified foreign entrepreneurs on a case-by-case basis where the entrepreneur can demonstrate, substantial and demonstrated potential for rapid business growth and job creation and that they would provide a significant public benefit to the United States.

According to DHS, this delay will provide an opportunity to obtain comments from the public regarding a proposal to rescind the rule pursuant to the Trump Administration's January 25, 2017 Executive Order, ‘‘Border Security and Immigration Enforcement". 

Comments are due by August 10, 2017. 

USCIS Proposes Parole Program for Entrepreneurs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing a parole program for entrepreneurs who would provide a “significant public benefit” to the United States. Under the proposed rule, which is in line with the initiatives put in place in President Obama’s November 2014 memorandum on “Modernizing and Streamlining the U.S. Immigrant Visa System for the 21st Century,” and the July 2015 White House report on improving the current immigration system, certain international entrepreneurs would become eligible for parole into the United States in order to start or grow a U.S.-based businesses.

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