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The IER may help entrepreneurs stay in the United States

Those who wish to start businesses in Florida or other states may now have access to the International Entrepreneur Rule. The IER allows entrepreneurs born outside of the United States the chance to obtain temporary residency status. This is sometimes referred to as the "startup visa." However, this is technically incorrect as it is a parole period granted via executive order by former President Barack Obama.

If a person is granted temporary status under the IER, he or she must meet certain performance benchmarks. It was supposed to be available in July 2017, but Trump created an executive order delaying its implementation. The delay was overturned after a lawsuit from the National Venture Capital Association. However, the goal of the Trump administration is to get rid of the IER, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says that there are plans to rescind it.

A $1,200 filing fee may also act as a deterrent to those who would otherwise be interested in applying. Proponents of the IER say that America should be encouraging foreign entrepreneurs to start their companies in the United States. However, the IER application page states that the Department of Homeland Security believes that the policy does not adequately protect American investors or workers.

If an individual does not have legal status under U.S. immigration law, he or she may be subject to deportation. It may also limit that person's ability to find work or access the American health care system. An attorney may be able to clarify whether or not an individual has legal status in the United States or help a person obtain it. Legal status might be obtained through an asylum request upon entering the country or by acquiring a green card.

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