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DHS delays International Entrepreneur Rule

  1. Date Announced

    July 11, 2017

    DHS issues a final rule delaying implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule. The delay will push back the effective date of the rule until March 14, 2018. DHS intends to use the extra time to rescind the rule altogether - a process that USCIS initiated on May 29, 2018. [ID #476]

    See Biden administration action below.

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    March 14, 2018
  3. Subsequent Action

    December 1, 2017

    The District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the delay rule.

    **Litigation is listed for informational purposes and is not comprehensive. For the current status of legal challenges, check other sources.**

    NCVA v. Duke Opinion
  4. Subsequent Action

    May 29, 2018

    USCIS proposes rule to rescind the International Entrepreneur Rule, which took effect after a district court struck down an earlier effort to delay its effectiveness.

    Removal of International Entrepreneur Parole Program
  5. Biden Administration Action

    May 11, 2021

    This Biden administration policy revokes in its entirety the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On May 11, 2021, DHS withdrew the May 29, 2018 NPRM that had proposed removing DHS regulations pertaining to the international entrepreneur parole program.

    Withdrawal of Removal of International Entrepreneur Parole Program
Type of Action: Rule
Subject Matter: Non-Immigrant Visas
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Prior Policies

  • An Obama administration rule set to take effect in July 2017 would establish criteria to guide the implementation of the Secretary of Homeland Security's discretionary case-by-case parole authority as applied to international entrepreneurs.

    International Entrepreneuer Rule

Subsequent Actions

Biden Administration Action

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