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Canada: Government Launches Start-Up Visa Pilot

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The new five-year pilot program offers eligible foreign entrepreneurs permanent residence and access to Canadian investors. On April 1, Canada launched the Start-Up Visa, a five-year pilot program offering permanent residence to foreign entrepreneurs seeking to invest in the country. To participate in the program, foreign entrepreneurs must secure a minimum investment from a... »

United Kingdom: UKBA Toughens Standards for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Category

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Applicants under the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category may now need to demonstrate the credibility of their investment plans by passing a “genuine entrepreneur” test. Entrepreneurs must maintain their investments or retain full access to their funds throughout their stay, not just at the time of application. Applicants for the United Kingdom’s Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)... »

Australia: Government to Reform Visa System to Attract More Investors and Entrepreneurs

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A new Significant Investor visa program and reforms to the Business Skills visa program seek to attract high net worth investors and entrepreneurs who have a demonstrated history of innovation and success in business. In an effort to attract more foreign investment and start-up businesses, the Australian government will introduce a new permanent residence... »

Ireland: Government Plans New Investor/Entrepreneur Program and Other Immigration Changes for 2012

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In 2012, the Irish government intends to implement a new immigration program for investors and entrepreneurs, provide greater clarity on family reunification policy and enhance immigration cooperation with the United Kingdom, according to a recent announcement by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defense. The proposals for the coming year follow newly released 2011... »

United States: USCIS Invites Business Leaders to Advise on Immigrant Entrepreneurship

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USCIS hopes that participants in the Entrepreneurs in Residence program will provide private-sector expertise in immigrant entrepreneurship and related business issues. Applications for the three-month residencies are due December 31, 2011. USCIS is seeking business leaders to serve in the Entrepreneurs in Residence program, a new initiative that seeks to use private-sector experts to advise... »