This is a sad day for global entrepreneurs.

By notice dated July 11, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has delayed the effective date of the International Entrepreneur Rule to March 14, 2018, and will seek comments on whether or not to rescind the rule altogether. The International Entrepreneur Rule (IER), which was issued in the waning days of the Obama Presidency and was to go into effect on July 17, 2017, would have granted foreign entrepreneurs with parole (i.e., the ability to enter the United States) for the purpose of operating and growing his or her start-up entity in the United States. The IER was praised by many as a critical step to revising an antiquated U.S. immigration system that provides few options for immigrant entrepreneurs.

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