As Trump Delays the U.S. Startup Visa, 'Another Nail in the Coffin' for Immigrant Entrepreneurs

ZOE HENRY | April 24, 2018

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Fiona McEntee, an Irish immigrant and the founder of Chicago-based law firm McEnteeLaw Group, celebrated the 2016 passage of a U.S. startup visa program. That visa, enacted by then-President Barack Obama as part of the so-called International Entrepreneur Rule, was intended to draw thousands of foreign founders stateside to boost jobs and economic growth. In the early months of 2017, McEntee was preparing to help several startup clients file the necessary paperwork to obtain the visa.Now, due to the Trump administration's planned overhaul of the program, McEntee is dissuading clients from applying. "From our point of view, it's very difficult to advise a client to choose an option that we don't know will be around much longer," the attorney tells Inc.Indeed, just days before the U.S. startup visa was to be implemented last July, the Department of Homeland Security published a rule in the Federal Register, delaying the implementation until March 2018 and stating it intended to rescind the regulation altogether.

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