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.

New Internal Review Division in Immigration Agency

New Internal Review Division in U.S. Immigration Agency?

If U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services more strictly monitors employees who make immigration benefits decisions, what could this mean for immigrants? USCIS is creating an internal division to monitor and investigate agency employees and has already begun transferring workers to staff the division, according to the Washington Post. The Organization of Professional Responsibility (OPR) division…

Delay in Premium Processing for H-1B Applications

Delay in Premium Processing for H-1B Applications for Lottery

Expect delays in premium processing for H-1B visa applications this year. With the annual H-1B lottery fast approaching on April 2 and the expected processing delays, your company should act now to prepare H-1B petitions for prospective candidates—if it hasn’t already. The Alcorn Immigration Law team knows what it takes to put together successful H-1B petitions. Moreover,…

Stricter Rules for H-1B Visas

Trump Administration Imposes Stricter Rules for H-1B Visas

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is imposing stricter rules for H-1B visa applications submitted by outsourcing companies for highly-skilled foreign workers. According to a policy memo issued last month, “USCIS recognizes that significant employer violations—such as paying less than the required wage, benching employees (not paying workers the required wage while they wait for projects or work)…