#Law & Government

[Easy English Blog] Learning to drive

Today’s Easy English Blog is from Patricia in New Zealand! Learning to drive is very scary. Many people learn to drive a car, but then they don’t want to drive anymore. They say ‘I am a paper driver.’ My country does not have good train and bus services. The big cities are OK, but the … Continue reading [Easy English Blog] Learning to drive

Dear Sophie: How can we sponsor H-1B transfers and extensions?
Walter Thompson

I work in people ops at a startup,. but we have no experience with H-1B visas. What should we know about hiring an H-1B visa holder?

Heirlume raises $1.38M to remove the barriers of trademark registration for small businesses
Darrell Etherington

Platforms like Shopify, Stripe and WordPress have done a lot to make essential business-building tools — like running storefronts, accepting payments and building websites — accessible to businesses with even the most modest budgets. But some very key aspects of setting up a company remain expensive, time-consuming affairs that can be cost-prohibitive for small businesses […]

Dear Sophie: Can you demystify the H-1B process and E-3 premium processing?
Walter Thompson

Can you help demystify the H-1B process and provide any tips? We also want to hire an Australian and transfer their E-3. How quickly can this be done?

Dear Sophie: What does the new online classes rule mean for F-1 students?
Walter Thompson

The new order will force many international students at schools that are only offering remote online classes to find an “immigration plan B” or leave the U.S. before the fall term to avoid being deported.

Which immigration headlines should you care about?
Arman Tabatabai

Newsflash! President Donald Trump is planning to deport naturalized US citizens, force H-1B visa holders to return to their home countries, and revoke the green cards of lawful permanent residents...

Dear Sophie: What’s the latest on DACA?
Annie Siebert

My company is looking to hire a very talented data infrastructure engineer who is undocumented. She has never applied for DACA before. What is the latest on DACA? What can we do to support her?

Dear Sophie: What is a J-1 visa and how can we use it?
Walter Thompson

A Silicon Valley immigration lawyer explains how to participate in the J-1 visa program.

Dear Sophie: How can I get my 2-year foreign residency requirement for my J-1 waived?
Walter Thompson

My husband started his own company here on his J-2 visa work permit, and our daughter was born here, but we’re supposed to return to Italy for two years. How can we get a 212(e) waiver?

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

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: Can I work in the US on a dependent spouse visa?
Walter Thompson

My spouse’s startup is transferring her to the U.S. to help set up an office there. Will I be able to go with her and work in the U.S.?

Dear Sophie: Can I create a startup on a dependent visa from Australia?
Walter Thompson

I’m eligible to receive a visa and a work permit under my husband’s visa. Can I form my own startup with that dependent visa and work permit or do I need to find a job with an American company?

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

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: Will October 2020 Visa Bulletin changes expedite my immigration case?
Walter Thompson

I’ve been waiting for years for my green card. Is there any way to expedite my case? What does the October shift in Visa Bulletin priority dates mean for me?

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

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 Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: Can […]

Homeis adds community tools for Mexican immigrants
Anthony Ha

Homeis, a startup building networking tools for immigrant communities, officially launched its community for Mexican immigrants this week. Co-founder and CEO Ran Harnevo (pictured above) previously founded video syndication company 5min, which was acquired by AOL, where he served as the global president of the company’s video division. (AOL also bought TechCrunch and then was […]

10 Immigration Tips for Love-Struck Techies
Arman Tabatabai

Even techies might agree that server rooms aren’t the most romantic places to fall in love — but it happens. And with foreign-born workers making up nearly three-quarters of Silicon Valley’s labor...

Uber is facing Australian class action suit alleging ‘unlawful conduct’
Natasha Lomas

As it gears up to go public Uber is facing legacy baggage down under: A class action lawsuit has been filed in Australia on behalf of around 6,000 taxi and hire car drivers and license owners, Reuters reported Friday. The suit was filed Friday at the Victoria Supreme Court by personal injury and compensation law […]

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

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

Triller sues TikTok over patent infringement
Sarah Perez

Social video platform Triller has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against its biggest rival TikTok and parent company ByteDance. The suit, which was filed in the U.S District Court for the Western Division of Texas, claims TikTok is infringing on Triller’s U.S Patent No. 9,691,429. The patent covers a “systems and methods for creating music […]

VisualOne smartens up home security cameras with object and action recognition
Devin Coldewey

“Smart” cameras are to be found in millions of homes, but the truth is they’re not all that smart. Facial recognition and motion detection are their main tricks… but what if you want to know if the dog jumped on the couch, or if your toddler is playing with the stove? VisualOne equips cameras with […]

Pinterest starts displaying information from health organizations for searches related to vaccines
Catherine Shu

As part of its efforts against health misinformation, Pinterest is now displaying information from public health organizations for keywords like “measles” or “vaccine safety.” The social media platform had previously blocked vaccination-related search terms, but a new announcement says the company wants to close the “data void” that results from false information being spread more […]

SmartNews’ COVID-19 vaccine alert reaches 1M users in Japan a week after launching
Catherine Shu

SmartNews announced today that its tools to help Japanese users find nearby COVID-19 vaccine bookings have reached more than one million users just a week after launching. The news discovery unicorn decided to create Vaccine Alert and Map features for its Japanese app because many people there are frustrated by the speed of vaccine rollouts. […]

Google to invest $450M in smart home security solutions provider ADT
Manish Singh

Google said on Monday it will invest $450 million in ADT and work with the Florida-headquartered firm’s 20,000 technicians to sell and install the search giant’s Nest family of smart home products. As part of the long-term investment — which is granting Google a 6.6% stake in ADT — the two companies will first attempt […]

Ornikar raises $40 million for its driving school marketplace
Romain Dillet

French startup Ornikar is raising a $40 million Series B round (€35 million) from Idinvest and Bpifrance. The company competes with traditional driving schools in Europe with an online marketplace of students and teachers. And Ornikar has been a massive success in France. Overall, 35 percent of driving school registrations in 2019 are handled by […]

Dear Sophie: Is it possible to expand our startup in the US?
Annie Siebert

I launched a startup in Iran, and I’m happy to say it’s thriving. I'd like to expand in California. Now that Biden has eliminated the Muslim ban, is it possible? Is the pandemic still a problem?

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

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 Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: How […]

Dear Sophie: What visa options exist for a grad co-founding a startup?
Walter Thompson

What are the visa prospects for a graduate completing an advanced degree at a university in the United States who wants to co-found a startup after graduation? Can the new startup or my co-founders sponsor me for a visa?

Dutch court orders Facebook to ban celebrity crypto scam ads after another lawsuit
Natasha Lomas

A Dutch court has ruled that Facebook can be required to use filter technologies to identify and pre-emptively take down fake ads linked to crypto currency scams that carry the image of a media personality, John de Mol. The Dutch celerity filed a lawsuit against Facebook in April over the misappropriation of his likeness to […]

Dear Sophie: Which visa should a startup pursue to hire someone from Mexico?
Walter Thompson

Our company has never sponsored anyone for a visa. What type of visa should we pursue, how much will it cost, how long will it take, and what should we keep in mind?