Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a job announcement and began accepting applications from business experts to serve on the USCIS Entrepreneurs in Residence tactical team. The purpose of the tactical team is to bring business experts in-house to work alongside USCIS staff to ensure that current immigration laws’ potential to attract foreign entrepreneurial talent is fully realized. The tactical team will help develop policy guidance and training tools that support their decision-makers. The Entrepreneurs in Residence initiative provides USCIS a unique opportunity to gain knowledge on how specific industries operate and to use that knowledge to inform USCIS’s policies and practices. Together this will ensure that immigration pathways for foreign entrepreneurs are clear, consistent, and better reflect today’s industry realities.
The Entrepreneurs in Residence initiative is the perfect complement to the changes made to the National Interest Waiver. The new regulations regarding the National Interest Waiver allows an entrepreneur to petition himself because the entrepreneurship is in the national interest and will have such an impact. With business experts working alongside USCIS to provide better guidance in the decision-making process, there is a better chance that a good National Interest Waiver for an entrepreneur will be approved. This is a step in the right direction for bringing more entrepreneurs and foreign investors to the U.S. who want to bring business here that will have a meaningful impact on the economy. Once the initiative commences, we will provide an update on how much it impacts entrepreneurs and their opportunities to bring business to the U.S.