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International Entrepreneur Parole

International Entrepreneur Parole is for foreign investors to create and develop start-up entities with high growth potential in the U.S.  Temporary, authorized stay for a period of up to 30 months is granted to those entrepreneurs who demonstrate they will provide significant public benefit through the potential for rapid business growth and job creation.  Parole may be granted for up to three entrepreneurs per start-up entity.

Understanding International Entrepreneur Parole 

International Entrepreneur Parole can be filed for applicants who can prove that (1) they meet ownership eligibility requirements and (2) they provide a “significant public benefit” to the United States based on their role as an entrepreneur/investor of a start-up entity.

Ownership Requirements: 

To qualify for initial parole, an entrepreneur must show that they meet certain ownership requirements:

  1. Own at least 10% of and maintain at least a 5% ownership interest in the start-up company that has been established and doing business at least 5 years prior to the application or receiving the qualifying investment funds (the significant public investment detailed below), AND
  2. Play an active role in the company, applying the knowledge, skill and experience required to grow the business.

Significant Public Investment

To show “significant public investment”, an applicant must prove that they meet one of the following three standards:

(1) Significant Capital Investment: The start-up entity has received a significant investment of capital from certain qualified US investors with established records of successful investments;

  • To meet this standard, the applicant must show:
    • The start-up received at least $250,000 in the past 18 months
    • Each investor must have invested a minimum of $600,000 into the start-up
    • Reached at least $500,000 in annual revenue in the United States with a 20 percent in growth rate or must have created 5 qualifying jobs for US workers


(2) Government Funding: The start-up entity has received significant awards or grants for economic development, research and development, or job creation (or other types of grants or awards typically given to start-up entities) from federal, state, local government entities that regularly provide such awards or grants to start-up entities;

  • To meet this standard, the applicant must show:
    • The start-up must have received a minimum of $100,000


(3) Partial Capital Investment and/or Government funding and Other Compelling Evidence: The start-up entity partially meets either or both of the previous two requirements and provides additional reliable and compelling evidence of the start-up entity’s substantial potential for rapid growth and job creation.

Spouses and Children for Applicants

Spouses and minor unmarried children can apply separately for parole by filing Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. This application may be granted for the same period of time that was granted for the entrepreneur applicant. Spouses may also apply for work authorization.

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