Sophie Alcorn

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: Can I work in the US on a dependent spouse visa? Dear Sophie: What is required of employers laying off foreign workers?

Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives.

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Dear Sophie: Can I create a startup on a dependent visa from Australia?

I’m eligible to receive a visa and a work permit under my husband’s visa. Can I form my own startup with that dependent visa and work permit or do I need to find a job with an American company?

Dear Sophie: Can I work in the US on a dependent spouse visa?

My spouse’s startup is transferring her to the U.S. to help set up an office there. Will I be able to go with her and work in the U.S.?

Dear Sophie: What is required of employers laying off foreign workers?

Keep in mind that terminating an employee that your company sponsored for a visa or green card can have ramifications for future hiring.

Dear Sophie: What’s the best option for international founders to expand in the US?

Thanks for reaching out. Based on your situation, the E-2 visa for treaty investors and employees may offer the best option.

Dear Sophie: Can I still get a green card given COVID-19, layoffs and recent H-1B changes?

"I was recently laid off but found another position at a growing biotech company. How long do I have to apply for a green card?"

Dear‌ ‌Sophie:‌ Will a PPP loan‌ affect my visa renewal or green card?

Will‌ ‌receiving‌ ‌PPP‌ ‌funding‌ ‌count‌ ‌against‌ ‌me‌ when I renew my E-2 or file my I-485 for my green card given‌ ‌the‌ ‌“Public‌ ‌Charge”‌ restriction

Dear Sophie: How will President Trump’s order ‘suspending immigration’ affect me?

The good news for you is that the temporary policy will not impact your prospects for getting a green card. Your employer will still be able to submit a green-card petition on your behalf including PE

Dear Sophie: How can we support our immigrant colleagues during layoffs?

When you lay off employees on an H-1B or TN visa, they will have 60 days or the visa end date plus 10 days — whichever is shorter — to find a comparable job or another visa to remain in the U.S.

Dear Sophie: How do I extend my visa status without leaving the US?

I'm an E-3 visa holder and I usually go back to Australia to extend my visa. Given the COVID-19 travel restrictions, how do I extend my immigration status from inside the U.S.?

Dear Sophie: Is unemployment considered a public benefit?

Would getting unemployment benefits hurt my or my spouse’s green card petition under the new public charge rule?

Dear Sophie: How do we craft a strong H-1B petition? If I’m not selected, what are my options?

Thank you for asking the questions that are on the minds of many H-1B first-timers. Don’t worry! Several options exist if you’re not selected.

Attorney Sophie Alcorn answers readers’ immigration questions

We had a great time hosting noted immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn on a live conference call with Extra Crunch members earlier this week. Sophie writes our “Dear Sophie” column, where she answer

Dear Sophie: How is COVID-19 affecting immigration?

It’s important to stay realistic — what we’re dealing with right now is a temporary situation, not a permanent one.

Dear Sophie: How do I get visas for my team to work from home?

This is totally manageable, it’s just another small piece to consider. Take a look at your situation and get the support you need so your team can continue to be productive.

Dear Sophie: Should I marry, or immigrate based on my accomplishments?

I’m supposed to marry my American fiancé next month, but I really wanted to immigrate based on my own accomplishments. What should I do?

Dear Sophie: I live in India and run a startup

"I currently have a B1/B2 visa. As my company continues to grow, we want to expand in the U.S. and possibly buy a house. I want to know what’s the best visa to obtain."

Dear Sophie: I need the latest details on the new H-1B registration process

The U.S. government has shared much more information about changes to the H-1B visa program in recent weeks.

Dear Sophie: My H-1B was renewed, but I’m getting laid off

"I need to stay in the United States because my wife has her own H-1B and a great job that she loves, we have a U.S. citizen baby and we bought a house last year."

Dear Sophie: I live in Europe but want to move my startup to the US

"Dear Sophie" is a collaborative forum hosted by Extra Crunch and curated by Sophie Alcorn, who is certified as a specialist attorney in immigration and nationality law.

Dear Sophie: What do I need to know about recent changes to the H-1B lottery?

I’ve heard there have been some changes to the H-1B lottery. What do I need to know to get started?
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