International Entrepreneur Parole Program


If you’ve got a great idea for a start-up and access to U.S. funding to kick it off, you’ll be glad to know that the international entrepreneur parole program is back in action. 

What is the international entrepreneur parole program?

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Who qualifies, and under what conditions?

Under the IEPP program, parole can be granted for up to three entrepreneurs per start-up, who will be eligible to work only for their business, not any other. The IEP program allows foreign entrepreneurs to include their spouses and children in their applications as well. As part of the parole benefits, spouses may apply for employment authorization in the United States, but entrepreneurs’ children are not eligible for work authorization under the IEP program. 

The IEP program allows entrepreneurs and their families up to five years of parole, but the initial approval period is 30 months. After the initial approval period, you need to reapply for the remaining 30 months if you wish to continue working with your start-up in the U.S. 

How does one apply to the international entrepreneur parole program?

How can an attorney help when applying for the International Entrepreneur Parole Program?

Notice all the times words like “certain,” “substantial,” “qualified,” “significant,” “reliable,” and “compelling” are used in the eligibility requirements. It’s not enough to decide on your own interpretation of those words. In some cases, USCIS has already decided on what that criteria looks like for entrepreneur parole — you just have to dig through all the paperwork to find it. For example, did you know that you will not be approved for the IEP program if your seed money comes from a first-time investor?

Consulting with an immigration attorney is always a great way to get additional information. But with a virtually brand-new program like this one — with no way to crowdsource information about the best way to go about applying — speaking with someone who has experience working with USCIS is an especially important path toward your success. 

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