I-941, Application for Entrepreneur Parole

Alert: By regulation, the investment and revenue amounts will be automatically adjusted every three years by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) and posted on the USCIS website. The International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) went into effect on Dec. 1, 2017, when USCIS implemented the IEP program after a federal court vacated a rule delaying the initial effective date. USCIS calculated the new amounts by applying the CPI-U between December 2017 and December 2020. Based on these calculations, the new numbers will take effect in fiscal year 2022, which begins on Oct. 1, 2021. The new numbers are:

  • If relying on an investment from a qualifying investor, the amount is increasing from $250,000 to $264,147.
  • If relying on a government award or grant, the amount is increasing from $100,000 to $105,659.
  • The revenue amount for consideration of re-parole is increasing from $500,000 to $528,293.
  • Qualifying investors will need to show aggregate investments in start-up entities of no less than $633,952 (rather than $600,000) over five years. They will also need to show that, subsequent to those investments, at least two of those entities have each created five jobs or generated at least $528,293 (rather than $500,000) in revenue with annualized revenue growth of at least 20%.

Notably, the regulations allow applicants who only partially meet the investment or award criteria to still qualify for further consideration by providing other reliable and compelling evidence of the start-up entity’s substantial potential for rapid growth and job creation. USCIS does not, therefore, anticipate that these new numbers will significantly impact eligibility.

For more information, see the Federal Register notice

Use this form if you are an entrepreneur and want to:

  • Make an initial request for parole based upon significant public benefit;
  • Make a subsequent request for parole for an additional period; or
  • File an amended application to notify USCIS of a material change.

Forms and Document Downloads

Form Details

Edition Date

04/24/19. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.

Dates are listed in mm/dd/yy format.

Where to File

U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

Attn: IER I-941 
P.O. Box 650890
Dallas, TX 75265-0890

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

Attn: IER 941 (Box 650890)
2501 S. State Highway 121 Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067-8003

Don’t forget to sign your form. We will reject any unsigned form.

Filing Fee

You must also pay a biometric services fee of $85.

You may pay the fee with a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check. When filing at a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may also pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. If you pay by check, you must make your check payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Please note that service centers are not able to process credit card payments. 

When you send a payment, you agree to pay for a government service. Filing and biometric service fees are final and non-refundable, regardless of any action we take on your application, petition, or request, or if you withdraw your request. Use our Fee Calculator to help determine your fee.

Checklist of Required Initial Evidence (for informational purposes only)

Please do not submit this checklist with your Form I-941. It is an optional tool to use as you prepare your form, but does not replace statutory, regulatory, and form instruction requirements. We recommend that you review these requirements before completing and submitting your form. Do not send original documents unless specifically requested in the form instructions or applicable regulations.

If you submit any documents (copies or original documents, if requested) in a foreign language, you must include a full English translation along with a certification from the translator verifying that the translation is complete and accurate, and that they are competent to translate from the foreign language to English.

If you are requesting initial entrepreneur parole, did you provide the following?

  • A detailed description of your central and active role in the start-up entity along with supporting evidence
  • Evidence of your ownership stake in the start-up entity
  • Evidence your company meets the definition of a start-up entity
  • Evidence your start-up entity has received a qualified investment, qualified award, or grant from a qualified investor or qualified governmental entity, or other reliable and compelling evidence of the start-up entity’s substantial potential for rapid growth and job creation, as applicable
  • Evidence proving your identity

If you are requesting re-parole, did you provide the following?

  • Evidence you continue to meet the definition of entrepreneur
  • Evidence your entity continues to meet the definition of a start-up entity
  • Evidence your qualifying U.S. start-up entity has:
    • Received at least $500,000 in qualifying investments, qualified government grants or awards, or a combination of such funding, during the initial parole period; 
    • Created at least five qualified jobs with the start-up entity during the initial parole period; 
    • Reached at least $500,000 in annual revenue in the United States and averaged 20 percent in annual revenue growth during the initial parole period; or
    • Continued to show substantial potential for rapid growth and job creation based on other reliable and compelling evidence.
Special Instructions

Read more information about IER applications on our International Entrepreneur Parole webpage.

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