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Ask Sophie: How long until I can travel while waiting for my green card?

To qualify for a EB-1A green card, I'll need to travel internationally frequently for business. Once I apply, will I be stuck in the U.S.?

Ask Sophie: What are my options if a company rescinds my OPT job offer?

I'm an international student graduating this month, but the company I was supposed to start working for on OPT has rescinded my job offer.

Ask Sophie: Which visas are best for US startup accelerators?

What type of visa can we get to come to the U.S. that allows us to stay there so we can grow our startup after the accelerator ends?

Ask Sophie: Can I apply for an EB-1A without first getting an O-1A?

What do you think about applying for an EB-1A straight away without first using the O-1A as a stepping stone?

Ask Sophie: Will I be allowed into the US if my passport expires in 5 months?

I’m planning to stay in the U.S. for a couple of months, but I just realized that my passport expires in September. Should I delay my trip?

TechCrunch+ roundup: Customer personas, content that resonates, efficiency metrics VCs love

Reducing CAC Payback and following the Rule of 40 is proof that a founding team knows how to move directionally. Investors love that.

Ask Sophie: My STEM OPT expires in 30 days, what are my options?

My STEM OPT expires in a month, and my company did not register me in this year’s H-1B lottery. I’m not sure what options I have now. Help!

TechCrunch+ roundup: Deep tech tips for SaaS VCs, toxic fundraising, student visa startup options

If someone said "startup" while we were playing a word association game, I’d respond with "fundraising." (I bet you would, too.)

Ask Sophie: Can I launch a startup if I’m in the US on a student visa?

One day, my dream would be to create my own startup in the U.S. Is there any groundwork I am allowed to lay to make my dream come true?

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.

TechCrunch+ roundup: YC Demo Day faves, thrift shop VCs, cybersecurity product challenges

Starting up in San Francisco still has benefits: moderate weather, great food, and sure, the world’s largest concentration of venture capital.

Ask Sophie: How do we transfer H-1Bs and green cards to our startup?

Two of my colleagues and I were laid off, and we’re founding a company together. What do we need to do to transfer their H-1Bs and green cards to our startup?

TechCrunch+ roundup: 3 key hiring metrics, building SDR teams, insurtech investor survey

Marketing teams get a lot of credit for landing new customers, but in reality, sales development representatives do most of the actual work.

Ask Sophie: What to do if selected/not selected in H-1B lottery?

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services received enough electronic lottery registrations to max out the number of H-1Bs that can be allocated in the new fiscal year.

Ask Sophie: Which visas will allow us to expand our startup in the US?

We really need to be on the ground to interview our ideal users in the U.S. What visas will allow us to do that?

Dear Sophie: How can I return to the United States as a founder?

I worked in the U.S. on an L-1B for a year, and then changed to an H-1B before I moved back to India. What are my options for returning?

Dear Sophie: Last-minute H-1Bs, O-1A & EB-1A extraordinary credential prep

How many people are employers going to register in the H-1B lottery this year? Will there be fewer because of all of the layoffs?

TechCrunch+ roundup: Ocean tech investor survey, AI and PR, L-1 visa options

You don’t need to hire a mega-influencer like Serena Williams or a Kardashian to build buzz for your startup.

Dear Sophie: Do I qualify for an E-1 trader visa?

I'm from New Zealand and have a B2B SaaS company with many clients in the U.S. We don't currently have a U.S. office, but we pay our taxes there. Do I qualify for an E-1 trader visa?

Dear Sophie: Will published articles better my odds of getting an O-1A or H-1B visa?

I’ve heard that articles in publications about an entrepreneur or a startup can be a big plus when applying for an O-1A or H-1B visa. Is that true?
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