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Trump plans to dismantle Obama-era “Startup Visa”

Enlarge / US President Donald Trump during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security in January. (credit: Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A regulation from the Obama administration that would have allowed foreign-born entrepreneurs who raise investor cash to build their startups in the US won't be allowed to go into effect.

The Department of Homeland Security will file an official notice to delay the International Entrepreneur Rule for eight months. The intention is to eliminate the rule entirely, according to sources briefed on the matter who spoke to The Wall Street Journal.

The decision isn't final, and a DHS spokesperson told the WSJ that the department "cannot speculate" on the outcome of the review.

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Trump administration rolls out social media vetting of visa applicants

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Visa applicants who the US State Department suspects may pose a danger if allowed into the country will be required to provide their social media handles on a new application (PDF) the government just unveiled.

The new vetting, the State Department said, would likely ensnare about 0.5 percent of visa applicants annually—the equivalent of roughly 65,000 people. The screening would apply to visa applicants "who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities," according to a notice in the Federal Register by the State Department.

In all, applicants that the government deems suspicious would be required to disclose (PDF) their previous passport numbers, five years of social media handles, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. The plan also calls for US-bound travelers to supply 15 years of biographical data.

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Laurene Powell Jobs discusses immigration, education in interview

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Lauren Powell Jobs, widow of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, sat down for a rare interview at the Code Conference on Wednesday to discuss philanthropic initiatives tied to her foundation, the Emerson Collective, immigration, education, the intersection of media and tech, and more.

Execs from Apple, other tech firms to talk immigration and government modernization at White House meeting

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Immigration policies, government services modernization and integration with cutting edge Silicon Valley initiatives like machine learning are on the docket for next month's meeting of President Donald Trump's American Technology Council, according to a report.

Feds propose heightened social media vetting of visa applicants

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The State Department is opening the public comment period for a proposal that seeks to inspect social media accounts and other data of visa applicants the government believes may pose a danger.

The new vetting, the State Department said, likely will only impact about 0.5 percent of visa applicants per year—roughly 65,000 people. The new vetting being proposed would apply to applicants "who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities," according to a notice in the Federal Register by the State Department.

Those deemed to warrant the heightened vetting would have to disclose all of their previous passport numbers, five years of social media handles, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. The plan also calls for US-bound travelers to supply 15 years of biographical data. Passwords are not required to be divulged in this proposal, though an earlier plan included requiring visa applicants to hand over their social media credentials.

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