Future “Significant Public Benefit” Parole Program For Entrepreneurs
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invited you to participate in a listening session on Thursday, June 25, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Eastern) to provide feedback on a proposed "significant public benefit" parole program for entrepreneurs. This is one of the executive actions on immigration announced by President Obama on November 20, 2014.
Under this proposed initiative (PDF), and based on the Secretary’s existing statutory parole authority, Department of Homeland Security may extend parole, on a case-by-case basis, to eligible founders of start-up enterprises who may not yet qualify for a national interest waiver, but who:
- Have been awarded substantial U.S. investor financing; or
- Otherwise hold the promise of innovation and job creation through the development of new technologies or the pursuit of cutting-edge research.
During the listening session, USCIS officials sought your input on this initiative. We also encouraged you to submit answers to the attached questions, either before or after the engagement. Send your responses to Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov.