Did you know? The White House announced the draft of a program that will make it easier for talented foreign investors, researchers, and startup founders to continue creating jobs in the United States. The administration held an open comment period for members of the public before the entrepreneur program can go into effect.
FWD.us was proud to stand with the immigrant entrepreneur community and help shape this exciting policy by submitting a comment on the White House's International Entrepreneur Rule. A series of community roundtables and listening sessions on the proposed rule helped to inform our comment. Read our comment to understand how this program is a top priority for the tech community.
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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