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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

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 visa program allows U.S. employers to recruit highly-skilled foreign nationals when faced

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 sets you up properly for success, you can get an H-1B as

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 countries of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The new ban

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 after April 3. The highly coveted H-1B visa allows U.S. companies to

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

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,

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, we protect our clients’ rights by taking action. My staff and I

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,

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