H-1B visa

Dear Sophie: Is it possible to expand our startup in the US?

I launched a startup in Iran, and I’m happy to say it’s thriving. I'd like to expand in California. Now that Biden has eliminated the Muslim ban, is it possible? Is the pandemic still a problem?

Dear Sophie: What is a diversity green card and how do I apply for one?

I'd love to get a green card and expand my tech company in the U.S. Someone mentioned that I should apply for a diversity green card. Would you provide me with more details about it and how to apply?

Dear Sophie: How does International Entrepreneur Parole work for startup founder immigration?

I’ve been hearing a lot about International Entrepreneur Parole lately. How does parole work and how long does it take?

Dear Sophie: Any unique immigration strategies for quick hiring?

I do recruitment for tech startups. With a surge of VC investing, many startups are urgently hiring. Which visas offer the quickest options for international talent?

Dear Sophie: What’s happening with visa application receipt notices?

Our startup has several employees on work visas or employment authorization. Many have been waiting for quite a while for the government to tell them their applications have been received. Why?

Dear Sophie: Does it make sense to sponsor immigrant talent to work remotely?

My startup is considering individuals who live outside the U.S. for a few positions we are looking to fill. Does it make sense to sponsor them for a visa to work remotely from somewhere in the U.S.?

Dear Sophie: How does the International Entrepreneur Parole program work?

I’m the founder of an early-stage fintech startup. We really want to move to San Francisco to be near our lead investor. Can we use International Entrepreneur Parole? How does it work?

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: 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: 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: Hacks for the March 2021 H-1B lottery?

We’ve been so focused on building our startup that we haven’t kept up with all the recent changes. What are we supposed to do?

Dear Sophie: What I’m thankful for

This Thanksgiving, I hope you caught a glimpse of this feeling of appreciation for people and experiences in your life.

Dear Sophie: What does Biden’s win mean for tech immigration?

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

Dear Sophie: Would a Trump win abolish the H-1B visa lottery?

Proposed changes to the H-1B lottery are expected to be published in the Federal Register next week and DHS will accept comments from the public on this proposal for 30 days after that.

Dear Sophie: Any upgrade options for E-2 visa holders interested in changing jobs?

My employer, a company based in Slovakia, moved me to the U.S. to help establish our U.S. operations. What are my options if I want to look for other job opportunities here in the U.S. with a differen

Trump’s latest immigration restrictions are bad news for American workers

To shutter employment-based visa programs, even temporarily, is to shut out the innovation and entrepreneurialism our economy desperately needs.

Dear Sophie: I came on a B-1 visa, then COVID-19 happened. How can I stay?

I had only planned to stay a couple months, but got stuck. Now my company has some real opportunities to expand. How can I stay and start working?
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