In this episode of Immigration Law for Tech Startups, I provide a very high-level overview of how the U.S. immigration system came to be and why it’s designed the way it is.
One of the basic, fundamental rights of a nation is self determination and the ability to define its rule of government and who can participate in that nation’s system and who will be subject to the laws of that nation. Since its beginning, the United States has had a challenged history with immigration even though the founding fathers were immigrants themselves.
The U.S. immigration system is an impersonal one that’s based on many of the same values that are enshrined in our Constitution. Even though the system has its flaws and needs resources and reforms to improve the process, successfully navigating the system for anyone is doable. Everyone from individuals to founders, startups to giant companies just need to know the right questions to ask and the information to empower them to find the right immigration path.
Immigration is too often mistakenly considered a drain on society and the system. However, there’s resounding evidence of the value of immigration. Immigration is good for the U.S. on a macro level in terms of innovation, job creation, and other economic benefits, as well as on a micro level with one person’s quality of life improving and the butterfly effect of that.
The Alcorn Immigration Law team has been able to successfully navigate the immigration landscape during the last four years. With more opportunities likely to emerge under the incoming Biden administration, we are looking forward to seeing more people live their dreams of living, creating, and innovating in the U.S.
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In this episode, you’ll hear about:
- What is the one-shotter phenomenon and what it means for the immigration process
- Why countries have immigration laws
- A brief history of U.S. immigration
- The difference between temporary and permanent visas
- Consular processing vs change of status/adjustment of status in the U.S.
- The five main areas of immigration law
- Visa and green card sponsors, time limits, caps, and preferences
- Visa and green card categories that don’t require a sponsor, such as the EB-1A and EB-2 NIW, which are discussed in more detail in my Extraordinary Ability Bootcamp course, along with the best practices for securing them
- Why I view immigration law as a living framework
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