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Investor and entrepreneur immigration program to end

Some people in Florida may be concerned about the proposed end of the International Entrepreneur Rule program. This program enabled some immigrants to bypass procedures in order to come to the U.S. to create or invest in businesses, especially startups. The rule allows the Department of Homeland Security secretary to grant foreign nationals entry and work authorization in the country if their presence will provide "significant public benefits." While the program was initiated under the Obama administration, the Trump administration has opposed it.

In a statement from DHS, the department proposed eliminating the rule, saying that it has an overly broad interpretation of parole authority in U.S. immigration law. In addition, the department claims that the rule is "not the appropriate vehicle" for bringing international investors and businesses to the U.S. In general, the parole authority of DHS is used on a case-by-case basis, often for humanitarian reasons. While there is an exception for significant public benefit, the department argues that this rule created a structured program that was not an appropriate use of temporary parole.

The department also said that there are existing visa classifications that support investor and entrepreneur immigration to the United Sates, including E-2 non-immigrant visas and EB-5 immigrant visas. Earlier, the department had proposed postponing the implementation of the rule as it was planning to draft a rescission; however, federal courts ordered DHS to begin accepting applications in December 2017.

Whether dealing with immigration to the United States as a businessperson or entrepreneur, as a student or simply as a person seeking a better life, the changes to immigration policy proposed by the current administration can provoke significant concern. An immigration attorney may help people dealing with the complexities of U.S. immigration law to navigate the system and challenge unfair or unjust determinations.

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