Ask Sophie: How many employment green cards are available each year?
A reader asks for help determining how long their wait for a green card will be, how to parse the State Department’s Visa Bulletin and more.
Dear Sophie: My EB-2 priority date will be delayed 2 years! What should I do?
Today we bring you answers to three questions about green cards in the EB-1A category for extraordinary ability and multinational managers, EB-2 NIW and with PERM, as well as EB-3 for professionals!
Dear Sophie: Is there a way to keep working in the US after my J-1 visa expires?
I'm a Fulbright scholar on a J-1 visa. I’ve been told that after my J-1 ends, I’m required to return to my country for two years. Is there a way I can stay in the U.S.?
Dear Sophie: Can I start a company or a side hustle on a TN visa?
I’m a Canadian citizen working under a TN visa as a software engineer in the U.S. I want to start my own company or at least earn money through a side hustle. Is this possible on my TN visa?
How tech giants are responding to the growing green card backlog
US Citizenship and Immigration Services -- the agency responsible for issuing green cards -- is barreling toward a failure to adjudicate tens of thousands of applications before a Sept. 30 deadline.
Dear Sophie: What are the quickest visa options for bringing in international talent?
Most of our team works remotely, but some of our potential recruits would want to work in the office. What are the quickest visa options we should consider?
TechCrunch+ roundup: Why you should go APE, H-1B lottery tips, how to check references
All schadenfreude aside: learning from our own mistakes is useful, but learning from someone else's is optimal.
Dear Sophie: What should we know about the H-1B lottery before we hire STEM OPTs?
What do I and my founding team at our early-stage startup need to be aware of so we can be on track for the next H-1B lottery for the STEM OPT candidates we’re hiring?
Dear Sophie: How do I get an O-1 visa to freelance on web3 projects?
I'm a UX/UI designer in Europe working at a web3 company in the United States. I want to move to the U.S. to pursue work that allows me to have more autonomy. How can I make that happen?
TechCrunch+ roundup: Down-funnel growth metrics, RIF planning, is e-commerce aggregation over?
It’s hard to argue with the proverb “measure twice and cut once,” especially when it comes to laying off employees.
Dear Sophie: Which immigration options are best for a decentralized team in the US?
We just raised a $20 million Series A, and we need to hire more engineers to fully develop our product. We’re excited about being decentralized — which immigration options are best for us?
TechCrunch+ roundup: Revisit your marketing stack, pitch deck teardown, after the acquisition
Marketing can’t cure everything that ails a company, but it is the easiest channel to make iterative changes that produce immediate results.
Dear Sophie: How long am I required to stay at my current job after I get my green card?
My employer sponsored me for an EB-2 green card, and my application has been approved. Can I transfer my green card to another employer in a different field and position or should I stick it out here?
Dear Sophie: Should co-founders on OPT, STEM OPT pursue H-1Bs?
My two co-founders and I are on OPT and STEM OPT. We're all from India and are considering the H-1B lottery. How can we structure our immigration compliance? Any advice for planning?
Dear Sophie: Questions about green cards and EB-2 priority dates
I've been on an H-1B since 2011. I have an EB-2 I-140 approved with a priority date in April 2015. Will there be any benefit from applying for an EB-2 NIW now?
Dear Sophie: How can we transfer a candidate’s H-1B and green card?
My startup needs to hire an AI expert, and our top candidate is asking us to transfer her H-1B and green card to our company. Can we do it? Do we have additional options to retain her?
Dear Sophie: Will a doctor get a green card faster than an engineer?
I’m a software engineer, and I’ve been waiting for a green card number for three years. My wife is a doctor, so can she apply for a green card? Will she get a green card sooner given her professio
Dear Sophie: Which visa is best for bootstrapping a startup?
I'm a founder from Germany. Our customers are mainly U.S.-based, and we don’t plan to raise any capital from investors. What's my best option for bootstrapping my startup in the U.S.?
Dear Sophie: How do we handle being fully remote when it comes to immigration?
Our startup is looking to fill several new engineering positions. How do we handle H1-B transfers and being fully remote when it comes to immigration?
Dear Sophie: How do we qualify for each of the O-1A criteria?
Our startup will be sponsoring my co-founders and me for O-1A visas. How do we qualify for each of the O-1A criteria?