Both Congress and the Administration have gotten off to a combative start on immigration policy—with uncertainty for many in fashion, tech and retail. Lawmakers have focused on reaching a deal for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to remain in the United States, but the International Entrepreneur Rule—for immigrant startup founders—is also at risk of being permanently removed.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security—announced in December 2017 that the agency would begin accepting applications under the International Entrepreneur Rule, in response to a ruling from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. However, while startup founders are currently able to apply for Entrepreneur Parole ($1,200 filing fee), USCIS has made it explicitly clear that DHS plans to propose to remove the rule through the federal rulemaking process.

Given the uncertainty in U.S. immigration policy, the Fashion Innovation Alliance will continue to advocate for effective legislative and regulatory changes that reflect the needs of entrepreneurs in fashion, tech and retail.

FIA’s 2017 comments to DHS on the International Entrepreneur Rule can be found here.

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