Sophie Alcorn is an Immigration and Nationality Law Specialist certified by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization. She is the only immigration attorney in all of Santa Clara County with this designation.Sophie founded Alcorn Immigration Law in Mountain View, Calif., in 2015. Since then, Sophie has been quoted in publications around the globe, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Financial Times, and The Atlantic. She has been sought after as a speaker about immigration for numerous conferences and events, including Keiretsu Forum’s Angel Capital Expo and the Bar Association of San Francisco. She advises several nonprofits and Silicon Valley startups, including Global EIR, Project Ellis, and Ayvid Innovations. Sophie has also received numerous awards, including Super Lawyers’ Rising Star award for 2017 and 2018, and inclusion in The National Advocates Top 40 under 40 in 2015.

Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Expired Travel Ban; New Ban In Effect Oct. 18

Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Expired Travel Ban; New Ban in Effect Oct. 18

The Supreme Court this week dismissed one of the challenges to President Trump’s second travel ban on citizens of six majority-Muslim countries since it has expired. The high court dismissed the case from the federal appeals court in Richmond, Va. That court ruled the second travel ban violated the Constitution’s protection against religious discrimination. Trump…

New Single Application for Work Permit & Social Security Number

New Single Application for Work Permit and Social Security Number

You can now apply for a work permit and social security number at the same time, thanks to interagency cooperation. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Social Security Administration has started sharing information. That cooperation now allows foreign nationals to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)—or work permit—and a social security number on…

All H-1B premium processing to resume

All H-1B Premium Processing Resumes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions on Sept. 18, less than six months after it was suspended. This includes premium processing for H-1B petitions filed by U.S. companies seeking to transfer or extend an existing employee’s status. The highly coveted H-1B visa allows U.S. companies to employ highly…

immigration by the numbers

Immigration by the Numbers

This month President Trump endorsed legislation known as the RAISE Act, which would cut immigration to the U.S. in half. Just how many temporary and permanent residency visas does the U.S. grant to foreign nationals each year? Each year the U.S. admits more than 77 million immigrants on either temporary or permanent residency visas. Of…