On December 14, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would take steps to implement the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) in accordance with a court decision on December 1, 2017.
IER was published during the Obama administration to provide an unlimited number of international entrepreneurs a new opportunity to apply for parole, enter the U.S. and use American investments to establish and grow start-up businesses.
Since this is parole, it is a discretionary grant made by the Secretary of Homeland Security and is granted only on a case-by-case basis. Moreover, the Trump administration has made it clear that parole should be used scarcely.
While DHS implements the IER, it is also proceeding with issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking to remove the IER.