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Provisions to Promote Research and Development in the United States Announced

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As part of the President’s administrative program to expand immigration benefits under current law, two important aspects related to research and development in the United States are included.

First, DHS Secretary Johnson directed USCIS to issue guidance or promulgate regulations to clarify the standard for which a National Interest Waiver might be granted. A National Interest Waiver permits certain non-residents to seek lawful permanent residency without an employer sponsor if they have advanced degrees or exceptional abilities in their field of work. Such a waiver can currently be granted if doing so is in the national interest. Secretary Johnson hopes that clarifying the standard will mean greater use of the benefit, serving to benefit the American economy.

Second, Secretary Johnson is asking USCIS to develop a program to permit parole for cases that would benefit the American economy. Despite some people not yet qualifying for the high National Interest Waiver standard, many foreign nationals have access to resources to invest in America. Specifically, Secretary Johnson is asking that USCIS develop a parole program for “investors, researchers, and founders of start-up enterprises” on a case-by-case basis. The program would require U.S. investor financing or job creation through cutting edge research or new technologies. Parole is a liberal benefit available under current law, but with very little guidance or regulations previously established.

Ongoing stimulation of the American economy is a major goal of the President. Leveraging intending immigrants to grow our economy will ensure that America stays on the cutting edge in growing research and technology fields. 

Bryon M. Large, Sr. is a Senior Associate Attorney at Kolko & Associates, P.C., a Denver-based full service immigration law firm. He is licensed to practice law by the Colorado Supreme Court and has also been admitted by the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver and his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico. Bryon actively practices removal defense, federal litigation, family-based and employment-based immigration, asylum and naturalization.

Bryon is a past Chapter Chair for the Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), as well as a Past Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. He currently serves as the President of the Colorado LGBT Bar Association, an Elected Director on the AILA Board of Governors, and is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association.

Bryon’s true passion in life is being a father to his two children.

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