O-1A visa

Ask Sophie: Can I get an O-1A visa to bypass the H-1B process?

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

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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?

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?

Dear Sophie: My co-founder’s a green card applicant who just got laid off. Now what?

My co-founder and I were both laid off from Big Tech last week. My co-founder needs immigration sponsorship to maintain status with our startup. Do we look at an O-1A in the 60-day grace period?

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?

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?