Talented immigrant entrepreneurs — many people are shocked to discover 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies took root thanks to an immigrant or the child of an immigrant. Immigration has been part of the fabric of the United States since its founding. The International Entrepreneur Rule, originally scheduled to go into effect on July 17, 2017 has been delayed. This delay may slow the opportunity for us to attract the best and brightest.
Delay in rule implementation
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in response to an Executive Order signed by President Trump has issued memoranda delaying this rule from going into effect until March 14, 2018. Immigration attorneys, venture capital groups, and business owners are responding to this delay vigorously, reminding DHS of the significant contributions made to the U.S. economy by immigrant entrepreneurs.
Visas in limbo
DHS estimated there would be nearly 3,000 entrepreneurs eligible on an annual basis. However, since the rule was due to go into effect this month, those entrepreneurs who met the basic requirements are in limbo. Entrepreneurs would have had to meet very specific requirements, some of which include:
- A major interest in a company that was considered a start up in the U.S. within the last five years.
- Central and active role in such entity; must have assisted with the success of the business.
- U.S. investors must have invested capital into the business; the investors must have had a record of success with previous investments.
- Awards or grants issued to the start-up by governmental agencies at any level.
Those entrepreneurs, their spouses, and children, would have been eligible to come to the United States for a period of 30