Dear Sophie: I came on a B-1 visa, then COVID-19 happened. How can I stay?

Photo by Joey Csunyo on Unsplash Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies. “Your questions are vital to the spread of knowledge that allows people all over the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration attorney.…

040: Due Diligence and Founder Immigration for VCs

In this episode of Immigration Law for Tech Startups, I discuss the immigration-related due diligence process for startups. It’s very important for international founders, international tech talent, and investors to know about devising immigration strategies for founders and top talent and ongoing compliance with immigration laws.  During the due diligence process, potential investors investigate…

Dear Sophie: How can employers hire & comply with all this new H-1B craziness?

Photo by Joey Csunyo on Unsplash Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies. “Your questions are vital to the spread of knowledge that allows people all over the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration attorney.…

Dear Sophie: Is it easier and faster to get an O-1A than an EB-1A?

Photo by Joey Csunyo on Unsplash Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies. “Your questions are vital to the spread of knowledge that allows people all over the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration attorney.…

Dear Sophie: Now that a judge has paused Trump’s H-1B visa ban, how can I qualify my employees?

Photo by Joey Csunyo on Unsplash On Thursday, October 1, a federal judge issued a temporary injunction that halted a presidential proclamation issued in June suspending the issuance of visas for some foreign workers until at least December 31, 2020. The Trump administration asserted that the COVID-19 pandemic and its ensuing economic impacts made it necessary…

039: Startup Law with Attorney Lindsey Mignano

In this episode of Immigration Law for Tech Startups, I’m thrilled to be joined by my trusted colleague and longtime friend Lindsey Mignano, founding partner of Smith Shapourian Mignano, a corporate law firm based in San Francisco that focuses on startups. We often assist each other’s startup clients with corporate structuring and immigration matters.  …

Dear Sophie: Will October 2020 Visa Bulletin changes expedite my immigration case?

Photo by Joey Csunyo on Unsplash Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies. “Your questions are vital to the spread of knowledge that allows people all over the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration attorney.…

Dear Sophie: Possible to still get through I-751 and citizenship after divorce?

Photo by Joey Csunyo on Unsplash Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies. “Your questions are vital to the spread of knowledge that allows people all over the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration attorney.…