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: When can I apply for my US work permit? Dear Sophie: How can I present a strong O-1A or EB-1A application?

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 transfer my H-1B to a startup I founded?

I’d like to establish my own company while maintaining my current, secure job. Can I keep working on the H-1B, found my own company, and then have my startup sponsor me for an H-1B or another visa?

Dear Sophie: What’s the latest on DACA?

My company is looking to hire a very talented data infrastructure engineer who is undocumented. She has never applied for DACA before. What is the latest on DACA? What can we do to support her?

Dear Sophie: How can I get my startup off the ground and visit the US?

I’m an entrepreneur who created my first startup a few months ago. Once it gets off the ground, I’d like to visit the U.S. to test the market and meet with investors. Which visas would let me do t

Dear Sophie: How can I get an H-1B without the lottery?

For the past few years, our company has put very promising candidates into the annual H-1B lottery. None of them have been selected. Are there any other ways we can obtain H-1Bs for our team members?

Dear Sophie: Help! My H-1B wasn’t chosen!

My startup registered two H-1B candidates in this year’s lottery. Sadly, neither was selected. Help! We can’t afford for them to have to leave the U.S. What are our options?

Dear Sophie: What should I know about prenups and getting a green card through marriage?

My soon-to-be spouse will sponsor me for a green card. Are there any minimum salary requirements for her to sponsor me? Is there anything I should keep in mind before starting the green card process?

Dear Sophie: When can I finally come to Silicon Valley?

I was originally looking at opening an office in Silicon Valley to be close to software engineers and investors, but then… COVID-19 :) A lot has changed over the last year - can I still come?

Dear Sophie: What type of visa should we get to fundraise in Silicon Valley?

Should we come to Silicon Valley to meet with venture capitalists? How should we begin that process? What type of visa should we get and how easy is it to get?

Dear Sophie: What are the pros and cons of the H-1B, O-1A and EB-1A?

I’m an entrepreneur who wants to expand my startup to the U.S. What are the benefits and drawbacks of various types of visas and green cards?

Dear Sophie: Can you demystify the H-1B process and E-3 premium processing?

Can you help demystify the H-1B process and provide any tips? We also want to hire an Australian and transfer their E-3. How quickly can this be done?

Dear Sophie: Which immigration options are the fastest?

I’m getting this question quite frequently now as more and more startups with recent funding rounds are looking to quickly expand.

Dear Sophie: Tips for filing for a green card for my soon-to-be spouse

How long does it typically take to get a green card for a spouse? Any tips you can share?

Dear Sophie: How can I improve our startup’s international recruiting?

Step one: establish your company's immigration policy.

Dear Sophie: What’s the recipe for an H-1B?

What goes into an H-1B petition? How has it changed in recent weeks? Is the lottery going to be wage-based or random?

Dear Sophie: How can I sponsor my mom and stepdad for green cards?

My biological dad passed away several years ago when I was an adult and my mom has since remarried. Can they get green cards?

Dear Sophie: What are Biden’s immigration changes?

What is your sense as to how the new administration will change business, corporate and startup founder immigration to the U.S.?

Dear Sophie: What’s the new minimum salary required for H-1B visa applicants?

I hear the random H-1B lottery will be replaced with a new system that selects H-1B candidates based on their salaries. How will this new process work?

Dear Sophie: Banging my head against the wall understanding the US immigration system

Can you please share an overview of the U.S. immigration system and how it works so I can get the big picture and understand what I’m navigating?

Dear Sophie: Tips for getting a National Interest green card by myself?

I really want permanent residence, but I never won a Nobel prize; I’m single; and I don’t have a million dollars yet. However, I think I might qualify for an EB-2 NIW green card.

Dear Sophie: What’s ahead for US immigration in 2021?

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 Entr
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