ILW.COM - the immigration portal Immigration Daily

Home Page

Immigration Daily


RSS feed

Processing times

Immigration forms

Discussion board



Twitter feed

Immigrant Nation


CLE Seminars

CLE Workshops

Immigration books



VIP Network


High Net Worth

Dubai Events

Campus Events

Overseas Events




Connect to us


Make us Homepage



Immigration Daily


The leading
immigration law
publisher - over
50000 pages of
free information!
© 1995-
Immigration LLC.

View RSS Feed

Angelo Paparelli on Dysfunctional Government

The Founder's Visa - A Good Idea in the Haystack of Bad Immigration News

Rate this Entry

The immigration news lately for the Department of Homeland Security has been decidedly downbeat: 

  • The GAO issues a scathing report on the DHS border fence initiative. 
  • DHS settles a complaint that attacked longstanding and deplorable immigration detention conditions in the basement of the Los Angeles federal building. 
  • The Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race,Ethnicity & Diversity at U.C. Berkeley Law School releases a damning critique of Hispanic racial profiling in the Criminal Alien Program managed by DHS's Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

With all this bad news, DHS may have overlooked a great proposal that the Department should support if it wants to turn the tide of bad PR.  Paul Graham, a partner in a venture capital firm that provides seed money to start-up companies, recommends that Congress establish a "Founder's Visa (FV)."  Graham suggests that the government grant 10,000 FV green cards per year to foreign nationals who provide a credible and fully-vetted business plan outlining the creation of a new business.  FV green card holders would be prohibited from working for someone else; hence, no jobs for U.S. workers would be endangered.  Rather, high-value jobs would be spawned. 

The best thing for DHS under the FV proposal would be that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services adjudicators need not pull their hair out trying to decide whether a foreign entrepreneur's proposed business plan made business sense. (The USCIS's ability to parse the ways of business in the real world has never been particularly good.  Witness the backhanded body blow it applied recently to multinational managers and executives and its history of failed rulemaking and even poorer adjudication of the EB-5 employment-creation investor visa.)

Instead, Graham suggests the vetting of proposed FV business plans be done outside government by a venture-capital accreditation body, much like the organizations that grant accreditation to universities and schools that are allowed to issue student visas. America's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs are already helping to create jobs for U.S. workers through innovation.  USCIS already has its hands full in readying itself for the onslaught of mandatory use of E-Verify by federal contractors, fanning out its outsourced and home-grown army of fraud-detection officers to conduct site visits of America's small and large employers, dealing with a broken budget that can't be fully supported by user fees, and preparing for the possibility of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) legislation.

DHS should support Graham's green card proposal for verifiable entrepreneurs.  If a venture-capital accreditation board can reduce the burden of adjudication on an already strapped USCIS, promote immigration's and the nation's transformation and create American jobs, then the FV green card is well-worth including in the CIR push this year and next.  It makes loads more sense than a Diversity Lottery for green cards which relies on casino-style randomness as the basis to sprinkle green cards on a lucky few.

Wise up DHS.  This is a good PR opportunity to distract the public from your spate of bad press.  Give Senator Schumer and Representative Lofgren a call, or urge the President to do it.

Submit "The Founder's Visa - A Good Idea in the Haystack of Bad Immigration News" to Facebook Submit "The Founder's Visa - A Good Idea in the Haystack of Bad Immigration News" to Twitter Submit "The Founder's Visa - A Good Idea in the Haystack of Bad Immigration News" to Google Submit "The Founder's Visa - A Good Idea in the Haystack of Bad Immigration News" to StumbleUpon Submit "The Founder's Visa - A Good Idea in the Haystack of Bad Immigration News" to Reddit Submit "The Founder's Visa - A Good Idea in the Haystack of Bad Immigration News" to Digg Submit "The Founder's Visa - A Good Idea in the Haystack of Bad Immigration News" to

Tags: None Add / Edit Tags


  1. Bradlee's Avatar
    You should temper your bad news with some good news! How about writing up the immigrant investor visa and all of the people it has helped to gain citizenship and jobs, and the people who have benefited from these foreign investments! It's always important to throw some good news in with the bad, lest we all just completely lose hope!
  2. immigrant investor visa's Avatar
    I agree with Bradlee. There is so much bad news in the world in general, and around immigration in particular, that it just seems wrong to add to it. These visas are helping a lot of people and I would like to see them discussed more as well.
  3. buy cialis's Avatar
    Since World War II, more refugees have found homes in the U.S. than any other nation and more than two million refugees have arrived in the U.S. since 1980 representing less than 1% of the entire United States population.

  4. Immigrant Investor Visa's Avatar
    There are already several visas like this, with the newly proposed Startup Visa being the latest in the line. Still, I am all in favor of making it easier for foreign investors to inject cash into the United States economy.
Leave Comment Leave Comment
Put Free Immigration Law Headlines On Your Website

Immigration Daily: the news source for legal professionals. Free! Join 35000+ readers Enter your email address here: