Trump Backs RAISE Act

Trump Backs Bill Cutting Immigration, Prioritizing Highly-Skilled, English Speakers

President Trump officially endorsed legislation—the so-called RAISE Act—that will cut legal immigration to the U.S. by half and overhaul the current immigration system by focusing on immigrants who would contribute the most to the U.S. economy. Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia initially introduced the RAISE (Reforming American Immigration for…

Sophie Alcorn

Sophie Alcorn Quoted in Financial Times on Trump’s Effect on Foreign Entrepreneurs

The Financial Times interviewed founding attorney Sophie Alcorn for her insight on President Trump’s impact on international entrepreneurs and startup investors for a recent article, “Immigrant entrepreneurs in the US wait for Trump’s next move.“ The article is part of series the daily international newspaper is running on “Understanding Entrepreneurs.” About Sophie A Stanford-educated expert on U.S. immigration…

USCIS Deems Computer Programming Not H-1B Specialty Occupation

Computer Programming Not an H-1B Specialty Occupation

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memo stating that computer programming is not considered an H-1B “specialty occupation.” The H-1B visa allows U.S employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. A “specialty occupation” requires “theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge.” A specialty occupation also requires “a bachelor’s or…

Trump Executive Order- Muslim Ban

Why Trump #MuslimBan is A Terrible Idea

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…

International Entrepreneur Parole

Video: Top 5 Things Startup Founders Must Know About International Entrepreneur Parole

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…

Trump Immigration Updates and Happy Thanksgiving from Alcorn Immigration Law

This video is about updates on Trump’s Immigration Policy, including his statement that he would investigated all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker, Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General and his possible effect on the H-1B visa program, Nikki Haley’s immigration stance as governor of South Carolina, Kobach, Bannon, NSEERS, and the…