USCIS Online Resource Streamlines Immigration Process For Foreign Entrepreneurs
In an effort to enhance the immigration process for incoming business entrepreneurs, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently launched a new online resource center designed to fit their specific needs and streamline the application process for a variety of visa types.
The online resource, Entrepreneur Pathways, was created as part of the USCIS Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) initiative to attract startup enterprises, promote innovation, and help encourage job creation within the U.S. The program was developed by a team of startup, business, and immigration experts, all of whom collaborated to create a single, streamlined pathway that could work for a wide range of non-immigrant visa categories currently being used by entrepreneurs.
“The first phase has already led to unique improvements in our programs and enabled us to better serve immigrant entrepreneurs,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas.
The user-friendly website guides potential applicants through the immigration process, while also providing information and resources to strengthen their application and engage with the USCIS.
According to the USCIS, the EIR has also:
- Developed and deployed a training workshop for USCIS employment-based immigration officers that focuses on startup businesses and the environment for early-stage innovations;
- Trained a team of specialized immigration officers to handle entrepreneur and startup cases;
- Modified Request for Evidence templates for certain nonimmigrant visa categories to incorporate new types of relevant evidence into the adjudicative process; and
- Developed a plan for quarterly engagements with the entrepreneurial community to ensure that USCIS stays current with industry practices.
The USCIS has extended the EIR program through April, 2013. For more information on the program, visit the USCIS’ Entrepreneurs in Residence information page.