Taking Action To Support Immigrant Entrepreneurs

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.

Read Our Comment Supporting a Pathway for Entrepreneurs

QUOTABLE QUOTES What Business Leaders are Saying

I am currently on an L2 visa and I am in the process of starting an online retail business. If my husband loses his job, we would be forced to leave the country, leaving a business and a house behind. I will be creating jobs for American citizens and opportunity in the process through funding. I continue to have doubts about registering and starting a business in the US due to immigration limitations.
Nancy Abdul Rahman
Founder, The Chicago Chic

In the past five years, I have helped start and fund a number of companies that between them have already created thousands of new jobs and are continuing to grow. This would not have happened if I had not received my work visa in 2002, followed by citizenship several years later.
Oren Zeev
Angel Investor & FWD.us Co-chair

Having worked for technology-led, entrepreneurial ventures throughout my career, I understand how important this sector is to economic development — and I believe the Entrepreneur Pathways Program will accelerate the growth and competition in this sector.
Dave Krupinski
Cofounder, Care.com

As an immigrant entrepreneur who had to deal with considerable visa issues myself, I applaud the Obama Administration's initiative to ease the regulatory pathway for talented immigrants to start businesses and create jobs in the United States.
Hamzah Ansari
Cofounder, Accelereach

I'm proud to add my name to the supporters of this brief. Immigration created waves of American innovation and strength in the past. We must not stand in the way of that occurring for current and future generations.
Seth Rogin
CRO, Mashable

U.S. immigration policies are forcing foreign-born startup founders like me, with capital and employees, out of the country, effectively sending thousands of well paid high-skilled jobs overseas. I would much rather be here in the United States creating jobs, paying my taxes, and contributing to the innovation economy.
Thomas Ketchell
CEO and Co-Founder, HSTRY

The United States was built by immigrant entrepreneurs and we need to continue to attract and retain the most talented and driven people from around the world.
Josh Baer
Director, Capital Factory

So Many Reasons How Entrepreneur Pathways Will Help

The Entrepreneur Pathways Program will create jobs

Technology is creating so much wealth, so many new jobs and so many new opportunities. If I was in a room with a Member of Congress, I would ask them, 'If I hadn't been out here, what would happen to the fifty or so people that Huddle employs in the US?'
Andy McLoughlin, Huddle Founder

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

Keep the best and brightest here

The U.S. has a great work atmosphere where people are motivated and driven. That’s the reason why I would like to stay here. Getting a work visa is a very difficult process, it’s a long process, it’s something that usually only larger companies can afford. The number of visas are limited so I’m facing this black hole at the end of the Optional Practical Training (OPT)? where I don’t know what’s going to happen to me.
Jan Kolmas, Stanford Aerospace Student

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.

Keep America at the forefront of innovation

Are we a nation that educates the world’s best and brightest in our universities, only to send them home to create businesses in countries that compete against us? Or are we a nation that encourages them to stay and create jobs here, create businesses here, create industries right here in America?
Barack Obama, United States President

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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