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.

Decision in H-1B appeal clarifies H-1B Master's degree requirement, lottery

Decision in H-1B Appeal Clarifies Master’s Degree Requirement and Lottery Eligibility

Timing is everything. That’s the upshot of a recent decision from the Administrative Appeals Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to an H-1B appeal. The decision, which denied the appeal, provides guidance to USCIS employees when evaluating H-1B petitions and to companies sponsoring H-1B candidates.   The H-1B Process The H-1B visa…

immigration options startup founders should know

The Top 8 Immigration Options International Startup Founders Should Know

If you’re an international founder, legally establishing your new startup in the United States presents a challenge. Devising the best strategy requires knowing the immigration options available, consulting with an experienced attorney, and weighing the factors in your situation. If you would like a strategy session about your immigration options, contact us at Alcorn Immigration…

H-1Bs Still Available Despite Trump’s “Hire American” Order Seeking Reform

H-1Bs Still Available Despite Trump’s “Hire American” Order Seeking H-1B Reform

We are still helping companies and candidates obtain H-1B visas despite recent presidential administrative actions seeking H-1B reform. President Trump signed an executive order last week calling for H-1B visas to be awarded to “the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries.” The “Buy American and Hire American” order directs the agencies involved with the H-1B visa…

USCIS Deems Computer Programming Not H-1B Specialty Occupation

Computer Programming Not an H-1B Specialty Occupation

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memo stating that computer programming is not considered an H-1B “specialty occupation.” The H-1B visa allows U.S employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. A “specialty occupation” requires “theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge.” A specialty occupation also requires “a bachelor’s or…