November 28, 2012
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
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.
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