Back in October 2011, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas joined the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in Pittsburgh to announce “Entrepreneurs in Residence.”
This new innovative initiative will utilize industry expertise to strengthen USCIS policies and practices surrounding immigrant investors, entrepreneurs and workers with specialized skills, knowledge, or abilities.
“This initiative creates additional opportunities for USCIS to gain insights in areas critical to economic growth,” said Director Mayorkas.
“The introduction of expert views from the private and public sector will help us to ensure that our policies and processes fully realize the immigration law’s potential to create and protect American jobs.”
Entrepreneurs in Residence Program from USCIS
Entrepreneurs in Residence Program from USCIS was officially launched. Here is the latest news about the launch.
Members of Silicon Valley’s startup community met with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Director Alejandro Mayorkas for what the agency billed as a summit to officially launch its unusual “Entrepreneurs in Residence” program.
With its new program, Mayorkas said the immigration service hopes to become more responsive to the fast-changing needs of tech startups. He said the agency would ultimately choose five applicants from the private sector to guide policy and training for officials who make decisions on individual immigration applications.
The goal, Mayorkas said, is to keep the agency from applying traditional formulas to the unorthodox business models common on the startup scene.
Vivek Wadhwa, said “Entrepreneurs in Residence” program a patch that alone won’t fix what he calls the “reverse brain drain” of foreign-born entrepreneurs leaving the U.S. to found companies back home that compete with this country’s businesses.
“We will now have created competitors worldwide we didn’t need to create,” he said.
Lot of Immigration attorneys were critical about RFE’s received from USCIS for some of the H1B applications.
Hopefully this Entrepreneurs in Residence initiative will help foreign born entrepreneurs to start companies in USA and get work visa.