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Sophie Alcorn named Ayvid Innovations advisor
Founding Attorney Sophie Alcorn Takes on New Advisory Role

Ayvid Innovations has added founding attorney Sophie Alcorn to its cadre of advisors. The Los Altos, Calif., based firm connects entrepreneurs[...]

Latest rundown on International Entrepreneur Rule AKA Startup Visa
The Latest Rundown on the International Entrepreneur Rule, AKA the Startup Visa

Founding attorney Sophie Alcorn reviewed the International Entrepreneur Rule—or “startup visa”—and provided the latest on its status at a recent[...]

Top 10 Things Startup Founders Should Know About Immigration
The Top 10 Things Every Startup Founder Should Know About U.S. Immigration Law

U.S. immigration laws and policies are not only complex and confusing, but they are constantly changing. Here are the Top[...]

Alternatives to H-1B visas
Didn’t Win in the H-1B Lottery? Now What?

Relax. Every year the Alcorn Immigration Law team helps employers and foreign professionals devise immigration strategies that fit their needs.[...]

Sophie Alcorn named legal advisor to Global Entrepreneur in Residence Coalition
Sophie Alcorn Named to Global Entrepreneur-In-Residence Advisory Committee

The Global Entrepreneur-In-Residence Coalition (Global EIR) has named Sophie Alcorn to its Legal Advisory Committee. Global EIR is a nonprofit[...]

New Federal Budget Is Mixed Bag for Immigration
New Federal Budget Is Mixed Bag for Immigration

President Trump signed the nearly $1.2 trillion spending bill approved by Congress last week that keeps the federal government running[...]

H-1Bs Still Available Despite Trump’s “Hire American” Order Seeking Reform
H-1Bs Still Available Despite Trump’s “Hire American” Order Seeking H-1B Reform

We are still helping companies and candidates obtain H-1B visas despite recent presidential administrative actions seeking H-1B reform. President Trump[...]

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.”[...]

USCIS Crackdown on H-1B Violations
USCIS to Crackdown on H-1B Violations

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced last week new efforts to crackdown on H-1B violations and abuse. The H-1B[...]

Can I Get an H-1B as a Startup Founder?
Can I Get an H-1B as a Startup Founder?

I frequently get asked this question by aspiring entrepreneurs. The short answer is, yes. If the Alcorn Immigration Law team[...]

Revised travel ban affecting 6 Muslim-majority countries
What Should You Do in the Face of Trump’s Revised Travel Ban?

President Trump signed a new executive order reviving the travel ban. The new ban applies to individuals from the Muslim-majority[...]

premium processing suspended for H-1B
Premium Processing Suspended for H-1B Petitions

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions submitted on or[...]

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[...]

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[...]

We Protect Immigrants and Companies In Uncertain Times
We Protect Immigrants and Companies In Uncertain Times

Many immigrants and employers of immigrants—even legal ones—are living in fear. But you don’t have to. At Alcorn Immigration Law,[...]

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[...]