March 15, 2016


At USAIE, part of our mission is to link international entrepreneurs with the immigration, tax, corporate, intellectual property, and banking resources they need to be successful.

We have compiled a list of resources below. Browse the list by title, tag, or search. Is there something you’re looking for, or something you’d like to add? Contact us at



Experts weigh in on U.S. immigration issues affecting foreign entrepreneurs.

Bringing Your Business to the United States through the New Office L-1 by: David J. Wilks Starting a business in the United States can be difficult for a foreign national. While a business establishment may be simple, U.S. work authorization may ...
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Infographic: Impact of Immigrant Entrepreneurs
This infographic was sourced from a blog post by Bobby Franklin of the National Venture Capital Association. It helps delineate the huge role that immigrants play in US entrepreneurship and startups ...
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USAIE comments on Matter of Dhanasar
This week USCIS fulfilled another of its 2014 goals to reform employment-based immigration for high-skilled employees. The Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as precedent the Administrative Appeals Office's decision in Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016), ...
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On August 31, 2016, USCIS is publishing a proposed rule to grant parole to certain immigrant entrepreneurs. In this article (click for PDF), Law360 discusses the rule with several immigration experts, including USAIE's Dan Berger ...
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This article in the Huffington Post highlights some problems that American states, cities, and universities face in retaining foreign entrepreneurs. By Matthew La Corte, Immigration Policy Analyst at the Niskanen Center. La Corte touches on how entrepreneurs are getting squeezed ...
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E-Visas as a Way to Gain Long-term, Non-immigrant Status in the United States
The E visa category represents a very attractive, yet misunderstood and under-utilized, way to gain long-term, business-based non-immigrant status in the US. This article covers the ins and outs of the E visa program, and what an E visa could ...
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Benders Immigration Bulletin
USAIE founders Dan Berger, Rita Georges, Michael Serotte, and Stephen Yale-Loehr recently collaborated on the article " 'If You Want Something New, You Have to Stop Doing Something Old'– Innovative Visa Options for Immigrant Entrepreneurs", published in Bender's Immigration ...
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In May 2016, Who's Who Legal sponsored a roundtable discussion on Corporate Immigration. Panelists included Karl Waheed of Karl Waheed Avocats (France), Liam Schwartz of Liam Schwartz & Associates (Israel), and Steven Yale-Loehr, immigration expert and USAIE co-founder. The trio ...
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March 2016: immigrants are responsible for creating some of the most high-value startup companies in the U.S. today, but there is no clear legal pathway for many foreign-born entrepreneurs that wish to follow in these footsteps. Article by Laura D ...
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An analysis of startup visa legislation in Congress, March 2016 ...
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Unauthorized employment is a frequent issue for foreign nationals with business ventures in the United States. What is allowed? What is forbidden? This links answer common questions.

Immigrants Rising – New Website for Immigrant Entrepreneurs Who are DACA or Undocumented

Immigrants Rising  website!   This website provides a comprehensive overview of the entrepreneurship landscape in the U.S. through webinars, handouts and guides. In ...
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Getting ready for Entrepreneurial Parole

Getting ready for Entrepreneurial Parole

The proposed EP program creates an exciting new path to work authorization for entrepreneurs. In this PDF (click for link), ...
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USAIE comments on USCIS Final Rule

USAIE comments on USCIS Final Rules on Employment-Based Immigration

USAIE applauds United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for issuing a final rule clarifying a wide variety of ...
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New rules on STEM OPT went into effect on May 10, 2016. What is OPT? What qualifies as a ...
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For F-1 & J-1 students performing entrepreneurial activities

Babson College, a leader in assisting international entrepreneurs, has published this very useful guide on their website. It helps ...
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Emerging Issues in F-1 Employment

Emerging Issues in F-1 Employment: Powerpoint presentation

Slides from an October 30, 2013 Powerpoint presentation given at the NAFSA Region X conference. Covers issues such as ...
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FAQ Unauthorized Employment

Guide to Unauthorized Employment

Some of the most frequently asked questions we received from self-employed immigrants pertain to unauthorized employment. Read this ...
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Organizations & programs specifically for international entrepreneurs.

On-Campus H-1B Incubators

USAIE On Campus H-1B Incubator Programs

USAIE can help your company or university set up an on-campus incubator to facilitate cap-exempt H-1B employment, similar to the GEIR programs already in place around the country. See this info sheet or contact USAIE for more information.


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Unshackled is an innovative angel fund that extends the entrepreneurship opportunity to all entrepreneurs in our country, including those who are dependent on work visas.


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In conjunction with the City Colleges of New York (CUNY), IN2NYC is creating pathways for international entrepreneurs to bring their companies to New York City.


Firms specializing in this area of the law.

Congressman Rutherford Introduces Legislation to Reform Entrepreneur Visa Program

July 18, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Rutherford introduced legislation to allow job creators who have been in the U.S. on an E-2 investor treaty visa for more than 10 years to apply for legal permanent residence. The bill, H.R. 3265, would also allow the children of these visa holders to remain in the country until they are 26 and apply for work authorization.

Mauricio Ramirez and Helga Langthon, who live in Jacksonville, came to America in 2001 and transferred to an E-2 Treaty Investor Visa in 2008. They have built a thriving business, SOHO Network Solutions, Inc.  SOHO Network Solutions is a woman-owned, minority-owned, Florida-based small business that supplies the law enforcement community with crime scene investigation products in over 55 countries around the world. They have been awarded many prestigious awards, including the “Small Business Exporter of the Year” by the U.S. Small Business Administration, “Exporter of the Year” by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and named the top minority-owned business by Jacksonville Business Journal for six years.

Under current law, Mauricio Ramirez and Helga Langthon are among many E-2 visa holders who come to our communities, open businesses, employ our neighbors, and contribute to our economy, but are not able to apply to become permanent residents – no matter how long they have lived here or how large of a contribution they have made. Additionally, the children of those here on an E-2 visa must leave the country by age 21. This often means families are split up as the children go to another country for school or work, forcing talented children who were often raised in the country to take their talents elsewhere. This is unlike other visa categories that allow a pathway for visa holders to apply for legal permanent residency. H.R. 3265 would create equity among visa holders, and keep job creators and their families in our communities.

Congressman Rutherford said, “E-2 visa holders are entrepreneurs bringing their abilities, resources, and jobs to the United States. They pay taxes and invest their livelihood into the communities they serve. They deserve to be able to plan for their businesses, employees, and especially their families. I want to change this outdated law so they can continue to create jobs and be fully integrated into the communities they have invested so much. This bipartisan legislation is a much needed update to current immigration laws that will provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to establish small businesses and roots in our communities.”

Similar legislation has been introduced in previous Congresses. Representative Ann Kuster (D-NH) is the lead cosponsor on this bipartisan bill, which has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

This legislation could help more than 100,000 families and businesses nationally.

To view the bill, click HERE.

Curran & Berger Resources for Investors & Entrepreneurs

Curran & Berger LLP Legal Resources for Immigrant Investors & Entrepreneurs

Curran & Berger LLP has compiled an Immigration Legal Resource Page for Investors & Entrepreneurs. Visit the site for resources and guidelines regarding E-1, E-2, and EB-5 visas.

Immigrants Rising – New Website for Immigrant Entrepreneurs Who are DACA or Undocumented

Immigrants Rising  website!  

This website provides a comprehensive overview of the entrepreneurship landscape in the U.S. through webinars, handouts and guides. In order to have full access to webinar materials and future content, please  SUBSCRIBE HERE. 

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Miller Mayer

Miller Meyer for EB-5 assistance

For almost 20 years, Miller Mayer has provided exceptional counsel to regional centers, developers and individual EB-5 investors seeking EB-5 capital and visas.

Serotte Law: immigration law for start ups & investors

Serotte Law

Serotte Law specializes in helping start ups and investors navigate U.S. immigration law. Free evaluation calls available.