Sophie Alcorn

Dear Sophie: Which immigration options are best for a decentralized team in the US?

We just raised a $20 million Series A, and we need to hire more engineers to fully develop our product. We’re excited about being decentralized — which immigration options are best for us?

Dear Sophie: How long am I required to stay at my current job after I get my green card?

My employer sponsored me for an EB-2 green card, and my application has been approved. Can I transfer my green card to another employer in a different field and position or should I stick it out here?

Dear Sophie: Should co-founders on OPT, STEM OPT pursue H-1Bs?

My two co-founders and I are on OPT and STEM OPT. We're all from India and are considering the H-1B lottery. How can we structure our immigration compliance? Any advice for planning?

TechCrunch+ roundup: Early-stage fundraising revisited, fractional hiring, HR tech boom

Right now, it will take longer to raise less money that will value your company lower than you hoped. But if you’re launching a startup aiming to get rich, you’re already on the wrong track.

Dear Sophie: What are the student and work visa processes for grads?

I’m in India, and want to apply to an American university to study computer science and AI. What's the visa process for students and for professionals who want to work in the U.S. after graduating?

Dear Sophie: Questions about green cards and EB-2 priority dates

I've been on an H-1B since 2011. I have an EB-2 I-140 approved with a priority date in April 2015. Will there be any benefit from applying for an EB-2 NIW now?

Dear Sophie: How can we transfer a candidate’s H-1B and green card?

My startup needs to hire an AI expert, and our top candidate is asking us to transfer her H-1B and green card to our company. Can we do it? Do we have additional options to retain her?

Dear Sophie: Will a doctor get a green card faster than an engineer?

I’m a software engineer, and I’ve been waiting for a green card number for three years. My wife is a doctor, so can she apply for a green card? Will she get a green card sooner given her professio

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Dear Sophie: What are my F-1 OPT options if my crypto job is no longer available?

I’m an F-1 student who had a job lined up with a crypto company, but they rescinded my job offer. What are my options, especially if I want to create my own web3 startup?

Dear Sophie: Which visa is best for bootstrapping a startup?

I'm a founder from Germany. Our customers are mainly U.S.-based, and we don’t plan to raise any capital from investors. What's my best option for bootstrapping my startup in the U.S.?

TechCrunch+ roundup: Climate tech survey, AI/ML marketing strategy, immigration law Twitter Space

It's difficult to build high-growth clean tech companies using venture capital. Despoiling the planet has a much higher return on investment than saving it.

Dear Sophie: How do we handle being fully remote when it comes to immigration?

Our startup is looking to fill several new engineering positions. How do we handle H1-B transfers and being fully remote when it comes to immigration?

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?

Dear Sophie: Does International Entrepreneur Parole have any advantages over an O-1 visa?

Are there any advantages to International Entrepreneur Parole over an O-1 visa? IEP seems to require $250k in institutional backing — so getting an O-1A doesn’t seem like a huge reach from there.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Construction tech survey, founder-CEO friction, diversify your cap table

As you may have heard, tech companies are having a bit of a whoopsie.

Dear Sophie: Can I do anything to speed up the EAD renewal process?

I’m on an L-2 visa as a dependent spouse to my husband’s L-1A. My EAD (work permit) is expiring in May. How long is the current process?

TechCrunch+ roundup: Find your valuation, international visas, hiring for growth

If your face doesn't appear on the team slide in your company's pitch deck, this would be a good time to cancel your upcoming vacation. And maybe one of your subscription boxes.

Dear Sophie: What are the visa options for international founders?

I started a startup in Pakistan with a couple of co-founders a few years ago. One of the co-founders and I want to move to the United States to access the market. What are our visa options?

Dear Sophie: Any USCIS updates on automatic work extensions and premium processing?

My H-1B expires soon and my employer filed an extension. I’m thinking about self-petitioning an EB-2 NIW green card -- what's the latest on premium processing?
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