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Obama Administration Wants To Keep Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs In US

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members in the East Room of the White House on July 4, 2012, in Washington, D.C. (credit: Roger L. Wollenberg/Getty Images)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members in the East Room of the White House on July 4, 2012, in Washington, D.C. (credit: Roger L. Wollenberg/Getty Images)

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Obama administration’s top immigration official is visiting the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to unveil an online resource intended to help entrepreneurs navigate their immigration options.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Director Alejandro Mayorkas will unveil so-called “Entrepreneur Pathways” on Wednesday.

It is a key product of “Entrepreneurs in Residence” program that brings in business experts from outside government to look for better ways to apply existing immigration laws. The initiative, launched during a meeting with members of Silicon Valley’s startup community in February, seeks to keep foreign-born, high-tech entrepreneurs in the U.S.

The tech industry typically complain that non-citizens who come to the country often hit immigration obstacles when they try to start companies.

The immigration service says it wants to streamline the immigration process for entrepreneurs to help keep jobs on U.S. soil.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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