USCIS is in the process of implementing a proposed “significant public benefit” parole program for entrepreneurs. This is one of the executive actions on immigration announced by President Obama on November 20, 2014.
Under this proposed initiative, and based on the USCIS’s existing statutory parole authority, Department of Homeland Security may extend parole, on a case-by-case basis, to eligible founders of start-up enterprises who may not yet qualify for a national interest waiver, but who:
- Have been awarded substantial U.S. investor financing; or
- Otherwise hold the promise of innovation and job creation through the development of new technologies or the pursuit of cutting-edge research.
Typically, parole is a permission by USCIS to enter the USA and remain for the given period of time. Parole does NOT typically require a visa interview or a visit to the consulate.
We will keep you updated as more information is given out by USCIS.