merit-based immigration

What Is Merit-Based Immigration? What Might It Mean for Silicon Valley?

In his first address to Congress, President Trump called for shifting the U.S. to a merit-based immigration system from the current family-based system. The family-based system prioritizes admitting immigrants with relatives in the U.S. willing to sponsor the family member. Trump praised Canada and Australia’s merit-based systems during his address. He said the current system…

Silicon Valley immigration lawyer Sophie Alcorn Named Outstanding Young Business Person

Immigration Lawyer Sophie Alcorn Named Outstanding Young Business Person

The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce selected immigration lawyer Sophie Alcorn as this year’s Celebration of Leaders Outstanding Young Business Person. Every year, the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce acknowledges individuals, companies, and organizations for their exceptional contributions and service. Immigration Law Expert Alcorn founded Alcorn Immigration Law in Mountain View, California, in 2015. An…

International Entrepreneur Rule frozen for now

International Entrepreneur Rule Frozen for Now

The Trump administration put a freeze on all new and pending regulations, including the International Entrepreneur Rule, the Obama Administration’s creative substitute for a startup visa. Last week’s freeze was expected. Typically, new administrations taking over from the other party halt new and pending regulations to review them before they’re finalized.   Regulatory Process Before…

8 Steps to Avoid Sudden Deportation

8 Steps to Avoid Sudden Deportation

President Trump’s executive order banning nationals from seven predominantly-Muslim countries have prompted confusion and fear. Several reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have arrested, detained or deported individuals and are possibly planning raids have profoundly added to that confusion and fear. Here are the eight most important steps to protect yourself from being arrested and…

Proposed H-1B reforms

Flurry of Proposals to Reform H-1B

As the deadline for the H-1B lottery approaches, both the Trump administration and federal lawmakers are making moves to reform the oversubscribed H-1B visa program. Highly Coveted The H-1B visa allows U.S. companies to employ workers in occupations that require special expertise in fields, such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services…

Draft Executive Orders overturn immigration reforms

Trump Administration Moves to End Immigration Reforms Under Obama

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…