U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is withdrawing a 2018 notice of proposed rulemaking to remove the International Entrepreneur Rule, and willl fully implement the Obama-era regulation.

In 2018, FIA, along with Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School, submitted regulatory comments to DHS, recommending that the Department keep the International Entrepreneur Rule (also referred to as a “startup visa”) in place. The joint comments—addressed from the lens of international students and entrepreneurs in design and technology—highlighted the global economic impact of the fashion industry and why sound immigration policy is necessary for real inclusion.

FIA Fashion Policy Counsel Kenya Wiley also penned an op-ed for CNN following the previous administration’s plans to end the International Entrepreneur program.

Read more on DHS’s recent announcement here.

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