USCIS announced a new initiative, “Entrepreneurs in Residence,” during a recent session of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in Pittsburg. The announcement was made at the Jobs Council’s High Growth Entrepreneurship Listening and Action Session before the Council’s quarterly meeting with President Obama. The initiative is aimed at collaborating with industry experts to gain valuable insights towards strengthening USCIS policies and procedures regarding immigrant investors, entrepreneurs, and workers with specialized skills. In doing so, USCIS also hopes to promote economic growth within the U.S. as it recognizes the important role immigration law plays in creating and protecting American jobs. The initiative will lead off with a series of informational summits, bringing together industry experts from both the private and public sectors for the first stage of strategic planning and input. A team of leading industry experts and entrepreneurs will then be formed to work alongside USCIS to enhance current policies and procedures. This new initiative is another step towards USCIS’ increasing efforts to promote the growth of jobs and investments through continuing improvements to its EB-5 (immigrant investor), EB-2 (advanced degrees or exceptional ability), and L-1B (specialized knowledge) visa classifications. Please see visit www.uscis.gov for more information on its new developments and programs.