immigration

Dear Sophie: Is it easier and faster to get an O-1A than an EB-1A?

Here’s a summary of the pros and cons of O-1A and EB-1A visas.

Dear Sophie: What are my F-1 and other immigration options after graduation?

Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies.

A pledge to unite international students and tech

The last three-and-a-half years have been hell for immigrants and hell for immigration lawyers. Probably a lot of caring government immigration adjudicators have felt it, too. But it’s like an abusi

Four views: How will the work visa ban affect tech and which changes will last?

Four TechCrunch staffers discuss the potential impacts of the government's decision to halt all new work visas through the end of the year.

To create the jobs our economy needs, the US must expand immigration

To truly protect our country, revitalize our economy, and create opportunity for all, we would be wise to open our borders wider, not slam them shut.

Affirming the position of tech advocates, Supreme Court overturns Trump’s termination of DACA

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that President Donald Trump’s administration unlawfully ended the federal policy providing temporary legal status for immigrants who came to the country as chi

Dear Sophie: What’s the best option for international founders to expand in the US?

Thanks for reaching out. Based on your situation, the E-2 visa for treaty investors and employees may offer the best option.

Dear Sophie: How do I extend my visa status without leaving the US?

I'm an E-3 visa holder and I usually go back to Australia to extend my visa. Given the COVID-19 travel restrictions, how do I extend my immigration status from inside the U.S.?

Dear Sophie: Is unemployment considered a public benefit?

Would getting unemployment benefits hurt my or my spouse’s green card petition under the new public charge rule?

Dear Sophie: How do we craft a strong H-1B petition? If I’m not selected, what are my options?

Thank you for asking the questions that are on the minds of many H-1B first-timers. Don’t worry! Several options exist if you’re not selected.

Attorney Sophie Alcorn answers readers’ immigration questions

We had a great time hosting noted immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn on a live conference call with Extra Crunch members earlier this week. Sophie writes our “Dear Sophie” column, where she answer

Dear Sophie: My H-1B was renewed, but I’m getting laid off

"I need to stay in the United States because my wife has her own H-1B and a great job that she loves, we have a U.S. citizen baby and we bought a house last year."

Money-transfer startup Remitly launches Passbook, a neobank aimed at immigrants

Last summer, the Seattle-based startup Remitly closed a $135 million round to go beyond money-transfer services into a wider range of financial products catering to its primarily-immigrant customer ba

Get your immigration questions answered by expert lawyer Sophie Alcorn at Disrupt SF

If you’re a founder facing a tough immigration question, we have a special workshop session for you next week at Disrupt SF. One of our resident legal experts, Sophie Alcorn, is going to be host

International students face immigration hurdles under Trump

This fall, nearly half a million international students will begin or return to STEM programs at U.S. colleges and universities. If you’re among them, look forward to being wooed by talent-hungry...

Which immigration headlines should you care about?

Newsflash! President Donald Trump is planning to deport naturalized US citizens, force H-1B visa holders to return to their home countries, and revoke the green cards of lawful permanent residents...

Inside the history of Silicon Valley labor, with Louis Hyman

As I wrote for TechCrunch recently, immigration is not an issue always associated with tech — not even when thinking about the ethics of technology, as I do here. So when I was moved to tears a few

Minimum investment for EB-5 investor green card expected to more than double

While not a startup visa, the EB-5 investor green card offers many entrepreneurs a path to a green card by investing money and creating jobs in the U.S. Under the EB-5 program, an entrepreneur’s fam

Why you should naturalize — now, not later

Three in five of the country’s biggest tech companies — Apple, Facebook and Google among them — were founded by first- or second-generation immigrants.

What everyone at a startup needs to know about immigration

The immigration process in the U.S. has become a high-stakes undertaking for employers, workers, and entrepreneurs. Predictability has eroded. Processing times have soared. And any mistake or...
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