Foreign founders have renewed optimism provided by an Obama-era immigration solution known as entrepreneur parole, allowing them to enter the U.S. to actively engage in running their funded high-growth U.S. startups. This immigration parole for entrepreneurs, known as the International Entrepreneur rule, allows up to three foreign co-founders to enter the U.S. to provide significant public benefit to the U.S. through business growth and job creation. The founder parole is expected to garner roughly 3,000
Immigration, Immigration Reform
On April 27, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced policy guidance instructing officers to give deference to prior agency determinations when adjudicating extension requests involving the same parties and same material facts unless the initial decision contained a material error. Essentially, USCIS is reverting to guidance that was in place from 2004 until it was rescinded by the previous U.S. Administration in 2017. Deference to prior approvals will help to restore predictability and
Immigration, Immigration Reform
In late January, the new U.S. Administration signed a memorandum fortifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. The Administration also granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to more individuals: those from Venezuela and Burma. Building on this, broad legislative immigration reform has also been proposed, including a path to citizenship for DACA (or Dreamers) and TPS beneficiaries, as well as undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the United States. On March 18, 2021,
Immigration, Immigration Reform
Hundreds of migrant children still separated from their family may be allowed to reunite in the United States — and some may have the opportunity to stay. Under the former administration, more than 5,500 migrant children were separated from their parents when they entered the country, and more than 1,400 parents were ultimately deported without their children. In early 2021, the parents of more than 600 children still not located. In February, the new U.S.
Immigration, Immigration Reform
Executive Order 13769, titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”, politically labeled as the “Muslim Ban” or a “travel ban”, was a controversial executive order by the former US Administration. Except for the extent to which it was blocked by various courts, it was in effect from January 27, 2017, until March 6, 2017, when it was superseded by Executive Order 13780. Executive Order 13769 lowered the number of refugees
Immigration, Immigration Reform