New USCIS Program to Tap Business Leaders

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency recently announced it will launch an “Entrepreneurs in Residence” program to glean recommendations from business leaders about how to make the U.S. visa system more effective at promoting economic growth.

Alejandro Mayorkas, the director of USCIS, announced the program on October 11 in Pittsburgh, during a meeting of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

“The introduction of expert views from the private and public sector will help us ensure that our policies and processes fully realize the immigration law’s potential to create and protect American jobs,” Mayorkas said.

The program will begin with a series of summits to gather input, followed by the establishment of a tactical team to draw up and institute changes to the visa system.

Mayorkas did not specify who will be tapped to participate in the informational summits, but he will do so in the near future, according to Bloomberg News. The source reported that the program will address all visa categories, including H2-A agricultural visas and O-1 artist visas, as well as business-related EB-5 immigrant investor visas and H-2B non-agricultural work permits.

Business leaders recently called for visa reform at events in El Paso, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Speaking at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce conference, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said more business-related visas need to be issued each year.