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Dear Sophie: What does the new online classes rule mean for F-1 students?

The new order will force many international students at schools that are only offering remote online classes to find an “immigration plan B” or leave the U.S. before the fall term to avoid being d

Dear Sophie: Is immigration happening? Who can I hire?

Despite the administration’s efforts, immigration is STILL possible during this pandemic.

Dear Sophie: Will the US suspend H-1Bs and other work visas? How should I prepare?

It's important to remember that giving unsolicited advice (especially advice regarding things that have yet to happen) is scary and a huge gamble.

Dear Sophie: How can I bring my brilliant friends from Guatemala to work at my startup?

There’s no rule that prevents you from hiring people who you happen to be friends with, but unfortunately there’s no immigration category for friends, either!

Dear Sophie: Which visa should a startup pursue to hire someone from Mexico?

Our company has never sponsored anyone for a visa. What type of visa should we pursue, how much will it cost, how long will it take, and what should we keep in mind?

Dear Sophie: Can I create a startup on a dependent visa from Australia?

I’m eligible to receive a visa and a work permit under my husband’s visa. Can I form my own startup with that dependent visa and work permit or do I need to find a job with an American company?

Dear Sophie: Can I work in the US on a dependent spouse visa?

My spouse’s startup is transferring her to the U.S. to help set up an office there. Will I be able to go with her and work in the U.S.?

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: Can I still get a green card given COVID-19, layoffs and recent H-1B changes?

"I was recently laid off but found another position at a growing biotech company. How long do I have to apply for a green card?"

Dear‌ ‌Sophie:‌ Will a PPP loan‌ affect my visa renewal or green card?

Will‌ ‌receiving‌ ‌PPP‌ ‌funding‌ ‌count‌ ‌against‌ ‌me‌ when I renew my E-2 or file my I-485 for my green card given‌ ‌the‌ ‌“Public‌ ‌Charge”‌ restriction

Dear Sophie: How can we support our immigrant colleagues during layoffs?

When you lay off employees on an H-1B or TN visa, they will have 60 days or the visa end date plus 10 days — whichever is shorter — to find a comparable job or another visa to remain in the U.S.

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.?

Don’t apply for a PPP loan unless your affiliation issues are resolved

Because the terms of the PPP are so compelling, it simply has to be looked at as a financing source.

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: How do I get visas for my team to work from home?

This is totally manageable, it’s just another small piece to consider. Take a look at your situation and get the support you need so your team can continue to be productive.

Dear Sophie: I live in India and run a startup

"I currently have a B1/B2 visa. As my company continues to grow, we want to expand in the U.S. and possibly buy a house. I want to know what’s the best visa to obtain."

Dear Sophie: I live in Europe but want to move my startup to the US

"Dear Sophie" is a collaborative forum hosted by Extra Crunch and curated by Sophie Alcorn, who is certified as a specialist attorney in immigration and nationality law.

Dear Sophie: What do I need to know about recent changes to the H-1B lottery?

I’ve heard there have been some changes to the H-1B lottery. What do I need to know to get started?
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