I am assuming you're referring to "International Entrepreneur Parole." Even the DHS website says that it's proposing a rule to end the program. So, I am assuming it hasn't ended yet and applications can still be submitted? Now for requirements, I don't have any funding yet, but yes I have received several awards, recognition & certificates from local government and state assembly. Mine is not a tech start-up though, but focusses more on Cultural Development - very similar to what some non-profits do, but I run it as for profit. Also, on DHS website it doesn't say anything about board of directors. Regardless, is there any other visa which I could temporarily move to that's meant for such type of activities/organizations?
I saw your reply to the L1 option as well. The one year working abroad requirements is physical or just paperwork? Reason why I am asking is because I consulted a local attorney and that person advised me that as long as I am listed as 50% shareholder of the foreign branch and can show paychecks for last 12 months then that suffice that requirement. However, I was not 100% satisfied with this answer, and just wanted to check if that really is an option here.
EDIt: By the way, I just read some of the requirements for EB1 "Extraordinary Ability" and I think I can qualify for 3-4/10 criteria for the the Cultural Development work I do. Now, the question is Can I file that by myself or do I need an employer?