Sophie Alcorn

Dear Sophie: What’s the difference between IEP and the latest proposed startup visa?

What’s the difference between International Entrepreneur Parole and the latest proposed startup visa? Do you think the startup visa will become a reality? If so, when?

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In school, it's highly unethical to copy someone else's work and pass it off as your own. In business, however, it is expected.

Dear Sophie: Should I apply for citizenship if I have a conviction?

A few years ago, I was charged with a misdemeanor for smoking marijuana in public and driving under the influence. I have a green card and want to apply for U.S. citizenship next year. Can I?

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Dear Sophie: When can I apply for my US work permit?

My husband just accepted a job in Silicon Valley. His new employer will be sponsoring him for an E-3 visa. How soon can I apply for my U.S. work permit?

Dear Sophie: How can I present a strong O-1A or EB-1A application?

I’m considering either having my startup sponsor me for an O-1A visa or self-petitioning an EB-1A green card. Any advice or insights on how to present a strong case for an O-1A or EB-1A? Thanks!

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?

Dear Sophie: Which immigration options allow me to launch my own startup?

I’m appreciative that I made it through the H-1B lottery, but I’m stuck in a rut. I really want to start something of my own. Are there any immigration options that would allow me to do that?

Dear Sophie: Should we sponsor international hires for H-1B transfers and green cards? 

"My startup is desperately recruiting, and we see a lot of engineering candidates on H-1Bs. They’re looking for H-1B transfers and green cards. What should we do?"

Dear Sophie: Should we look to Canada to retain international talent?

"Many have employees on OPT or STEM OPT who didn’t get selected in this year's H-1B lottery. Should we look to Canada?"

Dear Sophie: Tell me more about the EB-1A extraordinary ability green card

I’m a postdoc engineer who started STEM OPT after failing to get selected in the H-1B lottery. A colleague suggested I apply for an EB-1A green card, but I have not won any major awards. Tell me mor

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 can I bring my parents and sister to the US?

U.S. citizens who are at least 21 years and can sponsor a broader list of family members for green cards: parents, spouses, children and stepchildren, and brothers and sisters.

Dear Sophie: What options would allow me to start something on my own?

I’ve been working on an H-1B in the U.S. for nearly two years, but I’m unhappy with my job. I want to start something of my own in the U.S. Are there any immigration options that would let me do t

Dear Sophie: Is it possible to expand our startup in the US?

I launched a startup in Iran, and I’m happy to say it’s thriving. I'd like to expand in California. Now that Biden has eliminated the Muslim ban, is it possible? Is the pandemic still a problem?

Dear Sophie: What is a diversity green card and how do I apply for one?

I'd love to get a green card and expand my tech company in the U.S. Someone mentioned that I should apply for a diversity green card. Would you provide me with more details about it and how to apply?

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?
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