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.

International Entrepreneur Rule

International Entrepreneur Rule: Great News for Trailing Spouses

Trailing spouses are eligible to apply for work authorization under the proposed International Entrepreneur Rule, one of the rule’s major benefits. The proposed International Entrepreneur Rule is currently in a public comment period. If approved in its current form, the rule gives United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) the discretion to grant parole—or a…

Comment Period Begins for International Entrepreneur Rule

The Department of Homeland Security published its proposed International Entrepreneur Rule in the Federal Register today, kicking off a 45-day public comment period. Under the proposed International Entrepreneur Rule, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would have the discretion to grant parole—or a temporary stay in the U.S.—to foreign entrepreneurs who create, oversee and…

International Entrepreneur Rule

Discretionary Parole at the Heart of Proposed International Entrepreneur Rule

The Obama administration used discretionary parole authority to pave the way for thousands of entrepreneurs to gain admittance into the U.S. under the International Entrepreneur Rule that was proposed today. What is Parole? Parole—or temporarily admitting a foreign national into the U.S. who does not meet the requirements for a visa—is typically used in humanitarian cases or in situations where entry would bring a…

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Can Parole Lead to a Green Card?

Foreign entrepreneurs would be allowed to create and grow their startup in the U.S. under the proposed International Entrepreneur Rule. But because entrepreneurs will not receive a visa, obtaining a green card will still require long-term planning and maneuvering. International Entrepreneur Rule Under the proposed International Entrepreneur Rule, foreign entrepreneurs or startup founders would be eligible for parole,…

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International Entrepreneur Rule Resolves Chicken-&-Egg Problem

Without the proposed International Entrepreneur Rule, which gives temporary permission to foreign founders to create their startups in the U.S., those founders faced a chicken-and-egg problem. Startup founders need to prove to angel investors and venture capitalists that their immigration status is figured out before they get funded. Investors don’t want to worry that a startup founder…