Amid a summer of constant headlines in Washington, elements of a major overhaul of the U.S. immigration system have been moving forward. In July, the Trump administration announced its plans to delay (and possibly rescind) the International Entrepreneur Rule, which would permit immigrant start-up founders to work in the United States for an initial period of up to 30 months.
The administration kept the comment period on this rule open for only 30 days, while many were on summer vacations (more typical is 45 to 60 days of public comment). In August, right before Congress left for recess, Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) introduced the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act (or RAISE Act) with the support of President Trump. This bill would replace the current employment-based categories for entry with a points-based system that gives priority to those with advanced degrees in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math.