• USCIS Invites Business Leaders to Advise on Immigrant Entrepreneurship
  • December 27, 2011
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • USCIS is seeking business leaders to serve in the Entrepreneurs in Residence program, a new initiative that seeks to use private-sector experts to advise the agency on immigrant entrepreneurship and related business issues. The program is part of the Obama Administration's larger initiative to spur job creation and economic growth by encouraging foreign nationals to form startup companies.

    USCIS hopes that resident entrepreneurs will work with agency employees to streamline procedures and create best practices for adjudication of the nonimmigrant benefits applications most commonly used by foreign entrepreneurs. The agency has not released details of its specific plans for program participants, however.

    Applications for the three-month residencies are being accepted through December 31, 2011. Candidates must meet program eligibility requirements and are subject to government conflict-of-interest rules that may disqualify those with benefits applications pending before the agency.