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DHS Announces Continuation of International Entrepreneur Parole Program

The International Entrepreneur (“IE”) parole program provides an opportunity for international entrepreneurs to establish start-up companies with a high growth potential in the United States. The IE program seeks to strengthen, grow, and create employment opportunities in the United States.

The IE program has been in existence since 2017. However, there was a proposal to withdraw this program from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) regulations. Although the final rule was to take effect on July 17, 2017, DHS delayed the implementation date to March 14, 2018. A federal court vacated this delay in 2017, thus allowing the IE applications to continue. DHS in a news release has reiterated that it will continue this program consistent with the current administration’s objectives to restore faith in the legal immigration system and allow foreign entrepreneurs to work in the US.

The business entity should have a substantial public benefit. The entrepreneur must play a key role in the start-up entity and substantially assist with its growth and success. The program may be granted to up to three entrepreneurs for each start-up. The entrepreneur is eligible under this program to work only for the start up. Also, only spouses of entrepreneurs are allowed worked authorization under this program.

If you are interested in knowing more about the International Entrepreneur Parole Program, please contact our Dallas immigration attorneys today at (844) 299-5003 to schedule a consultation!