Immigration Attorney Sophie Alcorn explains why Trump’s Executive Order banning visa holders, lawful permanent residents, and refugees, is a bad idea. This order applies to people who who hold passports from the countries of Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and Sudan. President Trump’s executive order is a thinly veiled effort to ban and scapegoat…Details
Two draft executive orders by the Trump Administration will end some of the key immigration reforms of the Obama Administration. The draft orders, copies of which were obtained and originally reported by Vox, also place more restrictions on legal immigration. Wide-Ranging Changes The draft order, titled “Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity…Details
Watch Sophie’s video to learn all about the newly final International Entrepreneur Rule, a wonderful parting gift to Silicon Valley from President Obama’s administration. Now startup founders are eligible for International Entrepreneur Parole, a U.S. immigration status. Here are the top five things startup founders should know: This rule provides an immigration status for startup…Details
New regulations for the EB-5 visa program may be coming in the new year. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) submitted proposed changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The proposed changes aim to streamline and increase the predictability and transparency of the EB-5 visa…Details
For the second time in three months, Congress passed legislation that keeps the EB-5 Regional Center Program running through April 28, 2017. The EB-5 Regional Center visa program allows a foreign national and her or his family to get green cards by investing $1 million in a regional center that creates at least 10 full-time…Details
Watch Sophie’s video to learn all about Matter of Dhanasar, a new case from the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office that redefines the standard for EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waivers), making it easier for entrepreneurs to get green cards. This is it… a startup green card! Merry Christmas, Silicon Valley!
There are a lot of reasons to consider getting a green card through an EB-2 National Interest Waiver (EB-2 NIW). With Matter of Dhanasar, it’s a lot easier to get for startup founders in Silicon Valley. This is a great category for you to consider if you are a startup founder working at a company in…Details
Sophie Alcorn was interviewed on Mathrubhumi News in Cochin, India, regarding opportunities for Indian investors to obtain U.S. green cards through the EB-5 program. The piece is in the Malayalam language and also features journalist Abhilash Gopinath and Indian Supreme Court attorney Mr. Satish Murthi. The EB-5 program has allowed individuals who invest $1 million…Details
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Most foreign investment dollars under the EB-5 program go to gerrymandered districts where wealthy neighborhoods are combined with high-unemployment areas to qualify. That’s the finding of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), which works for Congress and assesses how taxpayer dollars are spent. At the request of both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, GAO…Details