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28 November 2012

Introducing An Online Resource for Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Posted by Alejandro Mayorkas, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Today, at an event focused on the nexus between immigration and entrepreneurship hosted by the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship in Cambridge, Mass., I was pleased to unveil Entrepreneur Pathways - an online resource center that provides entrepreneurs who seek to start a business in the United States an intuitive way to navigate the immigration process. 

Entrepreneur Pathways is a signature accomplishment of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS's) Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) initiative, which has focused on realizing our current immigration system’s full potential to attract and retain startup enterprises that promote innovation and spur job creation in America.

The EIR initiative began earlier this year focused on assessing current polices, practices and training across a range of existing nonimmigrant visa categories used by entrepreneurs. It has already made a lasting impact across USCIS.  Through a comprehensive training course on startup enterprises and the landscape for early-stage innovations developed and delivered by the EIR team, our agency is better equipped with the tools to adjudicate petitions presented by entrepreneurs.

Recently, the EIR team embarked on a new challenge, expanding its focus to existing immigrant visa pathways that may enable foreign entrepreneurs to start a business and pursue a path to permanent residency in the United States.  This new emphasis will bring training to an additional portion of USCIS’s workforce, and supplement the team’s continued work on the development of policies and practices relevant to the entrepreneurial community. 

Given the success of the first phase of the EIR effort, which has led to unique improvements in our programs and enabled us to better serve foreign entrepreneurs, I look forward to seeing what the EIR team can accomplish in the months ahead.



At November 28, 2012 at 1:20:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the online resource center be available in different languages in the future?

At November 28, 2012 at 8:34:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all stop discriminating against some nationals through misuse of 221(G), and let them travel and comeback freely. There are many of us who want to start business here right now, but due to insecurity of stay in US and visa problems, we cannot start it. Even one small business will create at least 2 direct and some in direct jobs and will contribute to many tax payments. You cannot convince people by just posting few categories of Visa to show that there are ways to start business in US. The reality is different. Please stop 221G problems and let us live a better life. We are highly educated, and do not put us under mental torture through 221G due to wrong doing of few of us. We appreciate what this country has given us, and we would like to give it back in all the possible ways, but let us live freely. So we can go to our home country, see our relatives and comeback to US without any fear of getting stuck for months due to 221G.

At November 29, 2012 at 12:18:00 PM EST , Anonymous Dee said...

I work in Cambridge, MA in a high tech research company and am about to start my venture in the now hot education technology space. I have received positive interests from several local people to be part of my startup. This development from USCIS is very welcome as i feel US is and should stay at the forefront of innovation and entrepreneurship. I will however feel more comfortable when they make it easy to get the immigrant visa to high tech entrepreneurs.

At November 29, 2012 at 2:08:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is surly a good effort! But for the foreign entrepreneurs who are struggling to open new company without new visa options, this is not a huge news for us. Hope there are new policy coming out soon! Bless!

At December 1, 2012 at 6:17:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to start a business in USA which off course would secure a job for atleast 10 locals plus taxes etc. But my primary question is how would I start a legal business and how much minimum capital do I require for investments in USA and how can I get a status of permanent residents in USA . Another thing is that do I need to directly apply in US or at my Embassy of USA in Pakistan

At December 6, 2012 at 9:23:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This surely is a good effort but action is important.Its a torture to wait for years for a status in the country of freedom.Atleast there has to be a policy to adjudicate cases of those who stayed in the country legally, started companies and payed taxes but waiting endlessly for permenant satus.If not many will seek a land that gives them the freedom to GROW.

At March 10, 2013 at 5:18:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Getting financing/funding for a startup business could be very challenging, especially in this tough economic times. Adequate research must be done to see what options are available. Talk to an expert first before you give up.

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At May 27, 2013 at 5:47:00 AM EDT , Anonymous yourcabs said...

Will the online resource center be available in different languages in the future?

At February 2, 2015 at 2:17:00 AM EST , Blogger NAFISUL ISLAM said...

I believe it is really a appreciable effort! However in my sight, there should be more for we struggling to start a company without a VISA. I hope there will be a good news too for us. Our
protection depend on this issue.


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