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.

Ozcan Cikmaz

International Entrepreneur Receives National Interest Green Card

Immigration yields innovation—and Ozcan Cikmaz’s story illustrates that perfectly. Ozcan’s startup has developed a phone app that identifies an individual’s migraine trigger and predicts when a migraine will hit. The technology will help the one billion migraine sufferers worldwide to more effectively monitor and manage this debilitating neurological disease.   Life-Altering Events Ozcan’s story begins…

H-4 EAD

USCIS Proposal to End Work Permits for H-4 Visa Holders Moves Forward

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has submitted its long-anticipated proposal to eliminate work permits for H-4 visa holders to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. That move marks the first step in the process of rescinding the H-4 EAD (Employment Authorization Document) program. Details of the proposal, including whether…

Premium Processing Resumes for H-1B Petitions for Now Photo by Saffu

Premium Processing Available for H-1B Petitions in April Lottery—But With Delay

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions. However, USCIS will delay premium processing handling for H-1B petitions submitted for this year’s lottery, which opens on April 1.   Two Tracks for Premium Processing This year, only H-1B petitioners who are subject to the lottery and are requesting a…

OPT Foreign Student Training Program

Reducing Foreign Student Training Program Hurts U.S. Economy

Restricting international student participation in the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program would have big consequences for the U.S. economy, according to a study by the Business Roundtable. The Trump administration’s efforts to place restrictions on international students and the OPT program prompted the Business Roundtable to assess the program’s impact on the U.S. economy. The Business Roundtable—a group of CEOs…

Legislation to End Per-Country Green Card Limits

Legislation Seeks to Throw Out Green Card Limits Per Country

Legislation introduced in the House and Senate this month would eliminate the seven percent per-country limit on employment-based green cards. Called the “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act,” the joint legislation also increases the per-country cap for family-sponsored green cards from seven to 15 percent. Rep. Zoe Lofgren and 113 other representatives from both parties sponsored…

Success in This Year's H-1B Lottery Photo by mimi-thian

What You Need to Know for Success in This Year’s H-1B Lottery

The Alcorn Immigration Law team’s H-1B season began in December. Since then, we’ve been working with employers preparing H-1B visa applications for the April lottery. Given the increased scrutiny, requests for evidence (RFEs), and denials these applications face, employers and H-1B candidates should focus on assembling the strongest petition they can. Delays, uncertainty about visa…