New Portal to Help Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Immigrants looking to start a firm and remain in the United States have a new tool at their disposal—a portal launched by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to help them navigate the process of registering for and securing visas to extend their stay in the country. Announced last week, Entrepreneur Pathways is more of a user-friendly guide to existing resources on the USCIS site than it is a stand-alone resource.
Currently, the site only provides a “high level overview of the immigration process” as well as a visa guide that outlines “nonimmigrant” visa categories that may be appropriate for them. Nonimmigrant visas are temporary and for those who can demonstrate that they intend to return to their home country. Clearly, the more important category will be for immigrant visa categories that allow for permanent worker status—these resources are said to be slated for inclusion on the site sometime in the future.
Entrepreneur Pathways was developed by the agency’s new Entrepreneur in Residence Initiative that was started in April 2012 and is expected to run through at least April 2013. Next up for USCIS on the topic is a quarterly series of regional meetings—the first two are scheduled for Austin, Texas (February 2013) and Boston, Massachusetts (May 2013).