Founder Sophie Alcorn is now sharing her immigration expertise and strategies in a new advice column that launched on Tech Crunch’s Extra Crunch platform. Extra Crunch offers in-depth coverage and content for entrepreneurs and the startup universe.
Called “Dear Sophie,” the column debuted in December. What began as a monthly column has expanded to every two weeks. Sophie will answer immigration questions submitted by readers. Click here to submit a question for the “Dear Sophie” column.
“I’m really excited about this collaboration, which will allow individuals around the world to have access to the information they need about immigration law for tech startups,” said Sophie. “The U.S. currently has nearly 1 million open IT jobs. Now more than ever, leveraging immigration as a strategic tool is critical to growth.”
Questions So Far
So far, Sophie has three columns under her belt. Her debut column on December 10, 2019, featured questions from two startup founders and a VC. Sophie discussed how to come to the U.S. to grow a startup and explore the market and meet with VCs. A VC asked how to keep a contract employee from India who enrolled in a master’s program in the U.S.
The Dear Sophie column on January 8, 2020, featured a question about the big changes to this year’s H-1B lottery process. The H-1B lottery is going digital. Employers need to be aware that they need to register any candidates electronically between March 1 and March 20, 2020.
The latest Dear Sophie column ran on January 22, 2020. In that column, Sophie answers a question from a startup founder wondering what visa to pursue as a Hungarian citizen living and growing a company in Germany.
In addition to the “Dear Sophie” column, Sophie has launched a weekly podcast on the latest immigration options. Called “Immigration Law for Tech Startups,” the podcast will offer strategies and conversations for rapidly scaling tech companies and professionals. Tune into her first episode and subscribe and share with anyone you think would benefit.
More About Sophie
A Certified Specialist in immigration and nationality law recognized by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Sophie has practiced immigration law since 2008. In 2019, Tech Crunch named Sophie a verified legal expert and a contributor on immigration matters.
Martindale-Hubbell recently awarded founder Sophie and Alcorn Immigration Law with its highest rating for professional excellence in legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards. Martindale-Hubbell awards this rating to only the top 10 percent of all attorneys and law firms worldwide.
Sophie has been sought as an expert on immigration matters by global publications, including The New York Times, the Financial Times, and The Guardian. She has spoken about immigration at many conferences and events, including TC Disrupt SF, TC Disrupt Berlin, Stanford University, Draper University, and the Bar Association of San Francisco. Contact us if you’d like to hear Sophie speak about immigration options.
More About Alcorn
Founded in 2015, Alcorn Immigration Law is the fastest-growing immigration law firm in Silicon Valley. Global Law Experts named Alcorn the “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services” last year. Last month, the Women’s Business Enterprise-West awarded Alcorn its “Excellence in Growth Award” as one of the fastest-growing certified women-owned companies in the Pacific Region.
The Alcorn Immigration Law team knows immigration yields innovation. We can find creative strategies to help you, your family or your employees come to or remain in the U.S. Reach out to us for a consultation.