Extraordinary Entrepreneurs Require Extraordinary Evidence: A Review of Recent Nonprecedent EB-1A AAO Decisions Under the Trump Administration

An international entrepreneur’s options for permanent residence are limited. The United States does not have a “start-up” visa. For many entrepreneurs, particularly those facing long backlogs in other immigrant visa categories, an “extraordinary ability” petition may be the only available path to a green card. By David Wilks, Brooke Ireland & Stephen Yale-Loehr

Unclearly Executive or Managerial: A Review of Recent Nonprecedent EB-1C AAO Decisions

Executives and managers have a unique path to permanent residence in the employment-based first preference green card category (EB-1C). We sought to find examples of how foreign nationals are faring in obtaining green cards through EB-1C. To that end, we found four non-precedent decisions issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Administrative Appeals Office Read more about Unclearly Executive or Managerial: A Review of Recent Nonprecedent EB-1C AAO Decisions[…]

The Impact of Immigration Policy on America’s Startup Dominance

The Center for American Entrepreneurship has published a study on the rise of global startups and the decline of American dominance in startup and venture capital activity: http://www.startupsusa.org/global-startup-cities/ Citylab and The Mercury News explore the role America’s recent immigration policies have played in these changes: https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/10/america-losing-its-edge-startups/572323/ H-1B: As immigration furor roils Silicon Valley, Canada smooths way Read more about The Impact of Immigration Policy on America’s Startup Dominance[…]

Entrepreneurship in the National Interest: A Review of AAO National Interest Waiver Decisions under Matter of Dhanasar

Entrepreneurship in the National Interest: A Review of AAO National Interest Waiver Decisions under Matter of Dhanasar By David Wilks, Brooke Ireland, and Stephen Yale-Loehr** In December 2016, the Administrative Appeals Office (“AAO”) of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (“USCIS”) issued Matter of Dhanasar (“Dhanasar”),[1] a precedent decision issuing a new standard for National Read more about Entrepreneurship in the National Interest: A Review of AAO National Interest Waiver Decisions under Matter of Dhanasar[…]

The Fashion App Founder With a Pocket Full of Visas

SCOTT ROSENBERG BACKCHANNEL 11.22.17 The immigrant entrepreneur’s road to Silicon Valley is paved with visas. And every one tells a tale. In the case of Purva Gupta, who is now the 29-year-old founder of Lily, a Palo Alto-based startup that’s building an AI-driven fashion app, the precious US government documents weave a kind of personal epic. In Read more about The Fashion App Founder With a Pocket Full of Visas[…]

Immigrant entrepreneur Michelle Zatlyn, a cofounder of Cloudflare, at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

A Guide for Future Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Stuart Anderson, CONTRIBUTOR After the Trump administration announced it would rescind the International Entrepreneur rule, it left one less option for foreign nationals who wish to start a business in the United States. Although a judge has rebuked the administration for delaying the entrepreneur rule – ironically at the same time the White House sent out a press release announcing Read more about A Guide for Future Immigrant Entrepreneurs[…]

Lawsuit Challenges Postponement of the International Entrepreneur Rule

Entrepreneurs, start-up companies and a trade association joined together to oppose the postponement of the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER). This rule, with an effective date of July 17, 2017, would have permitted foreign entrepreneurs to travel to or stay in the United States to  grow new businesses. Less than a week before the IER was Read more about Lawsuit Challenges Postponement of the International Entrepreneur Rule[…]

Why Are Immigrants More Entrepreneurial?

What do Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post), Dietrich Mateschitz (Red Bull), Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX), and Sergey Brin (Google) have in common? Apart from their success as entrepreneurs, they all share one distinct characteristic: extensive cross-cultural experience. Huffington grew up in Athens and studied in London before starting her career as a politician and media entrepreneur. Mateschitz Read more about Why Are Immigrants More Entrepreneurial?[…]