Did you know? There is currently no clear immigration pathway for a foreign entrepreneur to start a business in the United States and create American jobs.
It’s true. This is a huge miss for the American economy. And it's why FWD.us is advocating for the White House's proposed Entrepreneur Pathways program?, which will expand immigration options for foreign entrepreneurs.
FWD.us has brought together over 100 entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, business leaders, and immigration experts to give input on this program. In a policy brief? sent to the White House, we recommend eligibility criteria that are fair and realistic for entrepreneurs starting new businesses.
For every 1 foreign born STEM graduate, 2.62 jobs are created for Americans.3
Andy, a British immigrant, employs dozens of people in San Francisco as founder of Huddle. His visa requests were denied multiple times. He would have benefitted from Entrepreneur Pathways.
One-quarter of all small businesses in America are founded by immigrants.3
Between 2008 to 2012, foreign students contributed $21.8B in tuition and $12.8B in other spendings.1
Jan Kolmas is a Yale university graduate and current Stanford student who wants to stay in America to contribute to our economy. His future is uncertain if he doesn't find a company to sponsor him.
70.3% of students in full-time STEM? graduate programs are immigrants,2 but many of them have no clear path to stay in the U.S.
40% of Fortune 500 companies have been founded by an immigrant or a child of an immigrant, including AT&T, Proctor & Gamble, Kohl’s and Nordstrom.3
Linglong was denied an EB-1A visa?. She fought a year-long legal battle to be able to stay and run her company in Palo Alto. She could benefit from the Entrepreneur Pathways program?.
Immigrants are more than twice as likely as native-born Americans to start a business.3
1 Neil G. Ruiz, 'The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education: Origins and Destinations.' The Brookings Institute, August 29, 2014.
2 Stuart Anderson, 'The Importance of International Students to America.' National Foundation for American Policy, July 2013.
3 Partnership for a New American Economy, Map the Impact of Immigration.
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