Immigration Agency Clarifies Startup America Policies

Aug 23, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
A U.S. immigration agency has clarified policies to make it easier for businesses to do business with immigrant workers.

To mark the six-month anniversary of the Startup America program, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency recently clarified immigration laws designed to promote domestic business investment and job creation.

A new Frequently Asked Questions page on the USCIS website specifies eligibility requirements for EB-2 visas. These visas are usually granted to foreign individuals with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities who have been offered a job in the United States, but will also be granted to individuals who demonstrate they will form start-up businesses, invest capital or otherwise undertake activities that will benefit the U.S. economy.

The FAQ page also addresses issues related to H-1B visa eligibility. U.S. businesses use H-1B nonimmigrant visas to hire foreign workers for jobs requiring specialized skills, such as computer programming or engineering.

USCIS announced it will hold public meetings related to how immigration policy can best serve the interests of U.S. entrepreneurs and start-up companies.

The U.S. Department of Justice recently filed legal challenges to overturn strict new immigration laws in Arizona and Alabama.