WASHINGTONâ€”U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas joined the Presidentâ€™s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in Pittsburgh to announce â€œEntrepreneurs in Residence.â€ This new innovative initiative will utilize industry expertise to strengthen USCIS policies and practices surrounding immigrant investors, entrepreneurs and workers with specialized skills, knowledge, or abilities. Mayorkas announced the initiative at the Jobs Councilâ€™s High Growth Entrepreneurship Listening and Action Session at AlphaLab in Pittsburgh before the Councilâ€™s quarterly meeting with President Obama.
â€œThis initiative creates additional opportunities for USCIS to gain insights in areas critical to economic growth,â€ said Director Mayorkas. â€œThe introduction of expert views from the private and public sector will help us to ensure that our policies and processes fully realize the immigration lawâ€™s potential to create and protect American jobs.â€
USCIS will launch the â€œEntrepreneurs in Residenceâ€ initiative with a series of informational summits with industry leaders to gather high-level strategic input. Informed by the summits, the agency will stand up a tactical team comprised of entrepreneurs and experts, working with USCIS personnel, to design and implement effective solutions. This initiative will strengthen USCISâ€™s collaboration with industries, at the policy, training, and officer level, while complying with all current Federal statutes and regulations.
The initiative builds upon USCISâ€™s August announcement of efforts to promote startup enterprises and spur job creation, including enhancements to the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program. Since August, USCIS is:
- Conducting a review of the EB-5 process;
- Working with business analysts to enhance the EB-5 adjudication process;
- Implementing direct access for EB-5 Regional Center applicants to reach adjudicators quickly; and
- Launching new specialized training modules for USCIS officers on the EB-2 visa classification and L-1B nonimmigrant intra-company transferees.
For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov.