immigration

Dear Sophie: When should I sponsor engineers for green cards?

The engineers that we’re trying to recruit to work at our startup are increasingly requesting that we sponsor them for green cards. Can you give me a rundown of the green cards that are available?

Dear Sophie: I didn’t win the H-1B lottery. What are my next steps?

My employer entered me in the H-1B lottery, but I wasn't selected. I heard that my degree now qualifies as a STEM field, making me eligible to continue working under OPT. How can I stay in the U.S.?

Dear Sophie: What can we do to help employees who are Ukrainian citizens?

We have several employees who are Ukrainian citizens. We want to make sure they can continue to live and work in the United States. What should we do?

Dear Sophie: 2 questions about the latest immigration news

My goal is to co-found a fintech startup while on an F-1 OPT. I heard that I could to qualify for STEM OPT given the expanded list of STEM fields. Can I continue working at my startup on STEM OPT?

Dear Sophie: How can early-stage startups compete for talent?

As a first-time, early-stage startup founder, I find it difficult to compete against other startups on compensation. Any advice for reducing the cost of recruiting from abroad?

Dear Sophie: Will the H-1B lottery be based on the highest wages?

I’m currently working on OPT for an early-stage biotech startup. I heard that the next lottery will not select H-1B candidates based on the highest salaries paid. What else should I know?

Dear Sophie: What are the latest rules for H-1B visas?

I have been applying for positions in the U.S., and one company says that if they hire me and get me an H-1B visa, the filing fees and cost will be taken out of my paycheck. Is that allowed?

Dear Sophie: How long does International Entrepreneur Parole take?

My co-founders and I think we might qualify for International Entrepreneur Parole. How long does it take to get IEP approved? How does that compare to other options available to founders?

Dear Sophie: Can our employee travel on DACA?

My company wants to send an employee to India to open an office there. He came to the U.S. from India as a child and now has DACA status. Can he take on this project and still return to the U.S.?

Dear Sophie: Any advice for getting media coverage for my startup?

I’m an entrepreneur working on building up my qualifications for the EB-1A green card (or maybe an O-1A). Toward that goal, I’ve been trying to get media coverage about my startup. Any advice?

On the future of walls, or The Wall

Space may be the endless frontier, but here on Earth, we define space in the modern sense as something enclosed. Walls, fences and barriers enclose space, define it and make it legible. In fact, the s

Dear Sophie: Can I still get a green card through marriage if I’m divorcing?

I received a conditional green card after I got married in 2019. We decided to divorce, but I want to remain in the U.S. Is it still possible for me to complete my green card based on my marriage?

Dear Sophie: Tips on EB-1A and EB-2 NIW?

I’m on an H-1B in the U.S. I’ve been looking at the EB-1A and EB-2 NIW. I’m not sure if I would qualify for an EB-1A, but since I was born in India, I face a longer wait for an EB-2 NIW. Any tip

Dear Sophie: Can I hire an engineer whose green card is being sponsored by another company?

I want to extend an offer to an engineer who has been working in the U.S. on an H-1B. Her current employer is sponsoring her for an EB-2 green card. Can we take over her green card process?

3 invaluable founder lessons I learned on my immigration journey

In my journey to the U.S., I became good at three things: accepting uncertainty, building resilience and maintaining a positive mental attitude. I needed them all to get my startup off the ground.

Dear Sophie: What’s the process for getting International Entrepreneur Parole?

I co-founded a startup and have an O-1A visa. My wife wants to return to work, but she cannot get authorization on an O-3. If I switch to International Entrepreneur Parole, can she get a work permit?

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: 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?
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