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To realize our current immigration system’s full potential to attract and retain startup enterprises that promote innovation and spur job creation in America, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is committed to continued engagement with the entrepreneurial community.

USCIS launched the EIR initiative with an information summit in Silicon Valley where stakeholders from the entrepreneurial community shared their feedback on USCIS policies and procedures affecting foreign entrepreneurs. The information gathered at this summit has informed the work of the EIR team.

In 2013, USCIS will host several engagements across the country to learn more about the startup community and to receive feedback on our services. These engagements will provide a forum for entrepreneurs to raise questions and concerns; share ideas to help USCIS better understand the issues affecting entrepreneurs in local communities; and validate the effectiveness of the resources that USCIS has developed, such as the Entrepreneur Pathways page

The tentative schedule for upcoming engagements is as follows. Other events will be added to this page as they are planned.


Chicago, ILMay 8, 2013
New York, NYTBD


In the meantime, we want to hear from you!  If you have feedback on the Entrepreneur Pathways page or would like to share ideas to help USCIS better understand the characteristics and challenges of foreign entrepreneurs, please contact us at and use the subject line “Entrepreneurs in Residence”. 

For updates on the EIR initiative, as well as more specific details on upcoming engagements, please visit USCIS’s Outreach page or follow us on Facebook (uscis), Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.