New Tools to Help Foreign Entrepreneurs Create and Grow Businesses in the USA

Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR), an initiative by U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), launched an online resource center, Entrepreneur Pathways, which provides an insightful way to navigate the immigration process for all entrepreneurs who seek to start a business in the United States.This first phase of this initiative was launched earlier this year following the need to attract and retain startup enterprises that promote innovation became essential, for it certainly boosts the job creation in America, and it proved to be a great help for immigrant entrepreneurs.

EIR initiative draws on industry expertise to strengthen USCIS policies and practices critical to American economic growth. The team comprised startup business experts and USCIS immigration experts working collaboratively over a short period of time to streamline pathways for a range of existing nonimmigrant visa categories often used by entrepreneurs.

In addition to creating Entrepreneur Pathways, the EIR team:

  • Developed and deployed a training workshop for USCIS employment-based immigration officers that focuses on startup businesses and the environment for early-stage innovations;
  • Trained a team of specialized immigration officers to handle entrepreneur and startup cases;
  • Modified Request for Evidence templates for certain nonimmigrant visa categories to incorporate new types of relevant evidence into the adjudicative process; and
  • Developed a plan for quarterly engagements with the entrepreneurial community to ensure that USCIS stays current with industry practices.

To sustain the momentum and build on the team’s accomplishments, USCIS extended the EIR project through April 2013. Among other things, the team will expand its focus to immigrant visa pathways that may enable foreign entrepreneurs to start a business in the United States within current immigration law.


Reddy & Neumann, P.C. is an immigration law firm in Houston, Texas. For over 15 years, our firm has successfully represented corporate clients across the United States in their efforts to bring foreign workers and business professionals to the United States. Reddy & Neumann, P.C. is highly experienced in working with employment-based visas, adjustment of status, green cards, and PERM labor certification. From filing, through approval, and on to appeal, we do everything possible to ensure that your company can bring the best and brightest in the world to the United States.