Donald Trump signs executive order to reform H-1B visas

Al Jazeera reports on Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” executive order demanding changes to the H-1B visa program. However, this executive order is an overly simple solution to a complex problem, and it limiting temporary work visas to boost US employment rates could have the opposite effect.

 

Immigrants account for a disproportionately large share of start-ups and patents in the United States, and for every H-1B position requested, U.S. tech companies increase their employment by five workers. Cutting the H-1B program pushes talented immigrants to look elsewhere, and this administration risks hurting the U.S. economy by accelerating the existing problem of off-shoring work and talent to other countries.

USCIS proposed rule for international entrepreneurs is a helpful stopgap measure

USCIS proposed rule for international entrepreneurs is a helpful stopgap measure

On August 31, 2016, USCIS published a new proposed rule in the Federal Register, which would grant parole to certain international entrepreneurs. In light of the fact that there are very few immigration options for foreign startup options in the US, this rule is a stopgap measure that will help the American economy while we wait for a longer-term solution.

The U.S. Alliance for International Entrepreneurs (a group which I co-founded) has published a summary of the rule and initial recommendations. Visit the USAIE website for our complete response, and for general immigration information pertaining to immigrant entrepreneurs. Or, view our response in PDF format here.