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Dear Sophie: What’s the recipe for an H-1B?

What goes into an H-1B petition? How has it changed in recent weeks? Is the lottery going to be wage-based or random?

Dear Sophie: How can I sponsor my mom and stepdad for green cards?

My biological dad passed away several years ago when I was an adult and my mom has since remarried. Can they get green cards?

Dear Sophie: What are Biden’s immigration changes?

What is your sense as to how the new administration will change business, corporate and startup founder immigration to the U.S.?

Dear Sophie: What’s the new minimum salary required for H-1B visa applicants?

I hear the random H-1B lottery will be replaced with a new system that selects H-1B candidates based on their salaries. How will this new process work?

Dear Sophie: Banging my head against the wall understanding the US immigration system

Can you please share an overview of the U.S. immigration system and how it works so I can get the big picture and understand what I’m navigating?

Dear Sophie: Tips for getting a National Interest green card by myself?

I really want permanent residence, but I never won a Nobel prize; I’m single; and I don’t have a million dollars yet. However, I think I might qualify for an EB-2 NIW green card.

Dear Sophie: What’s ahead for US immigration in 2021?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entr

Dear Sophie: How did immigration change for startup founders in 2020?

I’m on an F1 OPT and am about to incorporate a startup with my two American co-founders. What were the biggest immigration changes in 2020 affecting us?

Dear Sophie: Can founders get visas in 2021 through DACA or other means?

If my friend is a Dreamer in the U.S. who is undocumented but wants to found a startup, is it possible?

Dear Sophie: Hacks for the March 2021 H-1B lottery?

We’ve been so focused on building our startup that we haven’t kept up with all the recent changes. What are we supposed to do?

Bottom-up SaaS: A framework for mapping pricing to customer value

Competitive advantage will go to the players who understand what truly motivates their customers and connect their pricing to that engine.

Dear Sophie: What I’m thankful for

This Thanksgiving, I hope you caught a glimpse of this feeling of appreciation for people and experiences in your life.

Founders seeking their first check need a fundraising sales funnel

CEO and co-founder of music tech startup Stem Milana Lewis explains how she landed several superstar investors and raised a little under $22 million.

6 reasons why reporters aren’t interested in your content marketing

If you’ve run into roadblocks, make sure you’re not making any of these mistakes with your content or your pitching.

Dear Sophie: Can an H-1B co-founder own a Delaware C Corp?

One founder is on a green card and already works there. The other founder is from India and is working on an H-1B at a large tech company. Can the H-1B co-founder lead this company?

Conflicts in California’s trade secret laws on customer lists create uncertainty

Salespeople planning on jumping ship — and the startups considering hiring them — should be informed about the current legal landscape.

Dear Sophie: What does Biden’s win mean for tech immigration?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entr

Dear Sophie: How will this election nail-biter affect immigration?

Whatever the election results, there will still be many ways for people to legally navigate the U.S. immigration process and access the opportunity and security of life here.

Dear Sophie: Would a Trump win abolish the H-1B visa lottery?

Proposed changes to the H-1B lottery are expected to be published in the Federal Register next week and DHS will accept comments from the public on this proposal for 30 days after that.

Dear Sophie: Any upgrade options for E-2 visa holders interested in changing jobs?

My employer, a company based in Slovakia, moved me to the U.S. to help establish our U.S. operations. What are my options if I want to look for other job opportunities here in the U.S. with a differen
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