Reforming Immigration Law to Allow More Foreign Student Entrepreneurs to Launch Job-Creating Ventures in the United States

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Research Paper

30 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2012

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Anthony J. Luppino

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law

John Norton

University of Missouri - Kansas City Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Malika Simmons

University of Missouri - Kansas City Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Date Written: August 1, 2012

Abstract

This paper outlines some of the barriers that foreign student entrepreneurs face, and describes how a somewhat expanded version of bipartisan legislation along the lines of the Startup Act 2.0 (S. 3217 or the Startup Act), cosponsored by Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Mark Warner (D-VA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Scott Brown (R-MA), would help to address some of these roadblocks. The Startup Act, which has also been introduced in the House of Representatives on a bipartisan basis, as discussed below, would create a new conditional permanent resident status opportunity for foreign students who hold master’s or doctorate degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) awarded by a U.S. institution of higher education. It would also create a conditional immigrant visa opportunity for “qualified alien entrepreneurs”: entrepreneurs who either hold an H-1B visa or have completed or will complete a graduate level degree in a STEM field, and register a business that meets certain conditions for number of employees and dollar amount of investment discussed further below (Startup Visa).

Keywords: startup act, foreign, immigrant, entrepreneur, visa, startup visa, student

Suggested Citation

Luppino, Anthony J. and Norton, John and Simmons, Malika, Reforming Immigration Law to Allow More Foreign Student Entrepreneurs to Launch Job-Creating Ventures in the United States (August 1, 2012). Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2128668 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2128668

Anthony J. Luppino (Contact Author)

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law ( email )

5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
United States

John Norton

University of Missouri - Kansas City Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation ( email )

5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
United States

Malika Simmons

University of Missouri - Kansas City Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation ( email )

5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
United States

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