On December 14, 2017, USCIS announced that it will implement the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) in accordance with a recent district court ruling that USCIS failed to follow proper procedure in delaying implementation of the rule. However, while USCIS is complying with the court order to implement the IER, USCIS is also in the final stages of publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking to eliminate the IER (i.e., following proper procedure to eliminate the IER).
The IER was published during President Obama’s administration to provide international entrepreneurs an avenue to enter and stay in the U.S. to establish and grow start-up businesses. Entrepreneurs granted IER parole will be eligible to work only for their start-up business.
While USCIS, under the Trump administration, pursues cancellation of the IER, guidance on how to submit IER applications is currently available on USCIS’s International Entrepreneur Parole page.
ILG will continue to monitor and provide update on the implementation and development of the IER.