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S. 565: StartUp Visa Act of 2011

Summary: A bill to establish an employment-based immigrant visa for alien entrepreneurs who have received significant capital from investors to establish a business in the United States. (More Info)

The StartUp Visa Act (S. 565) was introduced in the 112th Congress, which has adjourned. It has not yet been reintroduced.

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Campaign for Free Enterprise (A Project of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) 317,421 Facebook fans 7,291 Twitter followers

Foreign-born entrepreneurs in the U.S. are increasingly active in creating jobs for Americans in the U.S. Fast-growing companies have long been the main source of new jobs and innovation in the United States. Companies such as Google, Pfizer, Intel, Yahoo, DuPont, eBay and Procter & Gamble are all former start-ups founded by immigrants. Foreign-born residents made up just 12.5% of the U.S. population in 2008, while nearly 40% of technology company founders and 52% of founders of companies in Silicon Valley are foreign-born. However, U.S. immigration policies are forcing foreign-born startup founders with venture capital and ...

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Fractured Atlas 7,752 Facebook fans 7,384 Twitter followers

The arts and creative industries have long benefited from the contributions of foreign-born artists and other creative professionals. While this bill is not without its flaws (especially related to the investment requirements), we believe it makes an important statement that the US can be a fertile ground for innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

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Telecommunications Industry Association 423 Facebook fans 7,351 Twitter followers

Dear Senators Kerry, Lugar and Udall;

On behalf of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), I am writing to applaud your leadership in introducing S. 565, the “StartUp Visa Act” and to offer our endorsement of this legislation.

TIA is a leading trade association for the information and communications technology industry, with over 500 member companies that manufacture or supply the products and services used in global communications. Our member companies have long supported legislation to update our nation’s system for awarding visas to foreign workers. Your legislation provides a thoughtful and innovative way to accomplish what should be a ...

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National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) 2,217 Facebook fans 6,535 Twitter followers

NVCA is pleased to report that a new bi-partisan bill has been introduced in the Senate that is aimed at bringing and keeping the best and brightest entrepreneurs from around the world here in the United States. Introduced by Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Mark Udall (D-CO), the StartUp Visa Act of 2011 will permit entrepreneurs to come to the U.S. or to remain here after completing university studies if they meet certain criteria, including receiving investment in their businesses from a qualified U.S. investor. This would include venture capital dollars.

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