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.

VCs Champion Immigrant Founders

VCs Champion Immigrant Founders

The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) has filed a motion in federal court designed to determine whether the Trump administration is complying with a court order to implement the International Entrepreneur Rule. Last September, NVCA along with entrepreneurs and startups sued the federal government for illegally delaying implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER). The…

Competition Down 20% in H-1B Lottery

Competition Down 20% in H-1B Lottery

The volume of H-1B applications submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and subject to the annual cap dropped for the second consecutive year under the Trump administration. Cap-subject H-1B filings have dropped nearly 20% since 2016. Each year since 2014, the number of cap-subject H-1B petitions submitted had steadily risen, reaching a high…

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U.S. Employers That Sponsor Employees for Visas Face More Scrutiny

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division have expanded their collaboration to share information and scrutinize employers who sponsor employees for visas and green cards. On a monthly basis, USCIS’ Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) and DOJ’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) will share: Employer…

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USCIS Director Lays Out Plans to Increase Enforcement, Reduce Immigration

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to impose new restrictions making it more difficult to attract and retain highly-skilled foreign nationals and international students who attend a U.S. university. In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley last month, USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna outlined a series of measures that the agency…

Options for Hiring International Students

Options for Hiring International Students After They Graduate

As graduation season nears, the Alcorn Immigration Law team has been fielding inquiries from established companies, startups, and investors asking about options for promising foreign students to remain in the U.S. Unfortunately, U.S. immigration policy often runs counter to retaining the best and the brightest college graduates in the U.S. Limited options exist for international…