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Sophie Alcorn is an expert on U.S. immigration matters and a Board Certified Specialist in United States Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, having been quoted in publications around the globe such as The New York Times, Financial Times, The Atlantic and TechCrunch. Her immigration-focused boutique law firm has quickly become a go-to resource for founders, HR, and tech workers in the Bay Area and around the world.

Sophie's mission is to overcome borders, expand opportunity, and connect the world by practicing compassionate, visionary, and rigorous immigration law in service of the betterment of humanity. She believes that immigration fuels innovation and is inspired by amazing women and men who reach beyond the status quo to create their dreams.

Immigration Law for Tech Startups features immigration law strategies to empower global leaders to influence change, regardless of their geographic location, place of birth, or citizenship. The conversations you'll hear will help rapidly scaling tech companies and highly-motivated professionals from around the globe hire the world’s best and brightest that will create new technologies to manifest a new world.

Immigration Law for Tech Startups Sophie Alcorn

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    • 4.8 • 22 Ratings

Sophie Alcorn is an expert on U.S. immigration matters and a Board Certified Specialist in United States Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, having been quoted in publications around the globe such as The New York Times, Financial Times, The Atlantic and TechCrunch. Her immigration-focused boutique law firm has quickly become a go-to resource for founders, HR, and tech workers in the Bay Area and around the world.

Sophie's mission is to overcome borders, expand opportunity, and connect the world by practicing compassionate, visionary, and rigorous immigration law in service of the betterment of humanity. She believes that immigration fuels innovation and is inspired by amazing women and men who reach beyond the status quo to create their dreams.

Immigration Law for Tech Startups features immigration law strategies to empower global leaders to influence change, regardless of their geographic location, place of birth, or citizenship. The conversations you'll hear will help rapidly scaling tech companies and highly-motivated professionals from around the globe hire the world’s best and brightest that will create new technologies to manifest a new world.

    Tech Recruiting with William Tincup

    Tech Recruiting with William Tincup

    In this week’s Immigration Law for Tech Startups podcast, I am thrilled to be joined by William Tincup, an expert in tech recruiting who wears many hats – writer, speaker, advisor, consultant, investor, storyteller, and teacher. He is the president and editor at large of recruitingdaily.com, as well as the host of two podcasts, The Use Case Podcast and The RecruitingDaily Podcast.
     
    William is also a venture partner at Evergreen Mountain Equity Partners and serves on the advisory board or board of directors of more than 20 human resources tech startups, consulting with them on everything from products and sales to business models, pivoting, go-to-market strategies, user adoption, and M&A.
     
    Listen in as William shares some strategies and insights into how to grow the tech talent in the U.S., whether in-person or remote work – which has everything to do with effective marketing. 
     
    Please share this episode with companies, HR and recruiting professionals, startup founders, international talent, or anyone who can benefit from it. Sign up for the Alcorn monthly newsletter to receive the latest immigration news and issues. Reach out to us if we can help you determine the best immigration options for yourself, your company, your employees or prospective employees, or your family whether in the U.S. or abroad.
    In this episode, you’ll hear about: How creativity plays in startups and recruiting Factors that have led to remote hiring overseas The idea of creating an optional office What the future of work looks like in 2050 Where most tech startups need support Collaborating with the candidate when making offer letters  
    Don’t miss my upcoming conversations with top Silicon Valley venture capitalists, startup founders, professors, futurists, and thought leaders on Immigration Law for Tech Startups. Subscribe to this podcast here or on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or whatever your favorite platform is. As always, we welcome your rating and review of this podcast. We appreciate your feedback!
     
    Resources: https://recruitingdaily.com
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    Immigration Law for Tech Startups podcast: Episode 63: Immigration, Global Mobility, Working from Home, and the Future of Work Episode 70: Talent Acquisition for Startups with Katie Lampert Episode 93: Recruiting with Beth Scheer  
    Immigration Options for Talent, Investors, and Founders Immigration Law for Tech Startups eBook Extraordinary Ability Bootcamp course for best practices for securing the O-1A visa, EB-1A green card, or the EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) green card—the top options for startup founders. Use promotion code ILTS for 20% off the enrollment fee.

    • 41 min
    The Future of Work with Jason Sosa

    The Future of Work with Jason Sosa

    In this week’s Immigration Law for Tech Startups podcast, I am thrilled to be joined by Jason Sosa, an entrepreneur, investor, innovation strategy consultant, and speaker. Jason is an expert on the future of work, AI innovation, blockchain, and other disruptive technologies. 
     
    With his background as a serial entrepreneur and four times TEDx speaker, Jason has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, CNN, Wired, Fast Company, and Esquire Singapore, He has participated in Techstars 500 Startups and Plug and Play. 
     
    Jason takes us through his vision of what he sees as the future of work. He talks about how we're all playing a game where we don't necessarily know the rules and we're just trying to navigate it. The challenge is to disrupt the old system, make a new, better system, and make the federal system obsolete.
     
    Please share this episode with companies, HR and recruiting professionals, startup founders, international talent, or anyone who can benefit from it. Sign up for the Alcorn monthly newsletter to receive the latest immigration news and issues. Reach out to us if we can help you determine the best immigration options for yourself, your company, your employees or prospective employees, or your family whether in the U.S. or abroad.
    In this episode, you’ll hear about: How he got from having a 0.98 GPA to a world-famous speaker Jason’s immigration story How to build ethics in the future of work Most common mistakes entrepreneurs or startups make The difference between a first-time founder and a second-time founder Jason’s vision of the future of work  
    Don’t miss my upcoming conversations with top Silicon Valley venture capitalists, startup founders, professors, futurists, and thought leaders on Immigration Law for Tech Startups. Subscribe to this podcast here or on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or whatever your favorite platform is. As always, we welcome your rating and review of this podcast. We appreciate your feedback!
    Resources: www.jasonsosa.com 
     
    Finite and Infinite Games by James Carse
     
    Twitter: @jason_sosa
     
    Alcorn Immigration Law:
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    Immigration Law for Tech Startups podcast: Episode 56: Global Innovation with Tim Draper Episode 63: Immigration, Global Mobility, Working from Home, and the Future of Work Episode 103: A Futurist’s Lens on Immigration – Future of Work, Climate Change, and More with Jamais Cascio  
    Immigration Options for Talent, Investors, and Founders Immigration Law for Tech Startups eBook Extraordinary Ability Bootcamp course for best practices for securing the O-1A visa, EB-1A green card, or the EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) green card—the top options for startup founders. Use promotion code ILTS for 20% off the enrollment fee.

    • 33 min
    Nassim Aranzi and the Spirituality of Lawyering

    Nassim Aranzi and the Spirituality of Lawyering

    In this week’s Immigration Law for Tech Startups podcast, I’m joined by my immigration attorney colleague, Nassim Aranzi, who also has an inspiring immigrant story.  She started with a background in accounting and an MBA and found her way to law school. 
     
    Nassim initially started doing securities law and wanted to become a tax attorney. It wasn’t until one fateful incident when she was led to the immigration court, that she felt the eagerness to help immigrants. Nassim realized what profound difference an immigration attorney can make in a person's life. 
     
    The immigration system can make people feel disempowered for so many reasons. Today, Nassim talks about the power of the mind and how you can control it to help your immigration goals.
     
    Please share this episode with companies, HR and recruiting professionals, startup founders, international talent, or anyone who can benefit from it. Sign up for the Alcorn monthly newsletter to receive the latest immigration news and issues. Reach out to us if we can help you determine the best immigration options for yourself, your company, your employees or prospective employees, or your family whether in the U.S. or abroad.
    In this episode, you’ll hear about: Nassim’s own immigration story Finding the strength and Zen to handle her cases Tapping into the power of the mind Example of a case she handled recently Changing your belief system to help you win your case  
    Don’t miss my upcoming conversations with top Silicon Valley venture capitalists, startup founders, professors, futurists, and thought leaders on Immigration Law for Tech Startups. Subscribe to this podcast here or on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or whatever your favorite platform is. As always, we welcome your rating and review of this podcast. We appreciate your feedback!
     
    Resources: https://www.nassimarzani.com/ 



    Alcorn Immigration Law:
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    Immigration Law for Tech Startups podcast:  
    Episode 16: E-2 Visa for Founders and Employees Episode 19: Australian Visas Including E-3 Episode 20: TN Visas and Status for Canadian and Mexican Citizens  
     
    Immigration Options for Talent, Investors, and Founders Immigration Law for Tech Startups eBook Extraordinary Ability Bootcamp course for best practices for securing the O-1A visa, EB-1A green card, or the EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) green card—the top options for startup founders. Use promotion code ILTS for 20% off the enrollment fee.

    • 30 min
    International Students & Professionals Succeed with Rob Adams

    International Students & Professionals Succeed with Rob Adams

    In this week’s Immigration Law for Tech Startups podcast, I am joined by Rob Adams, a cross-cultural trainer, and consultant. In 2016, Rob founded Chai and Coaching to help international students and professionals succeed in America. 
     
    Applying as an international student in America comes with its own challenges. Rob’s YouTube channel offers a series of videos where he interviews experts on a wide range of topics. They share tips and insights on how to fund your studies and lower your cost of living in the U.S. as well as the best and worst degrees for jobs in America. 
     
    Rob also covers topics such as interview strategies, visas, green cards, and a variety of other timely topics relevant to the audience of international students and young professionals making their way in the United States.
     
    Please share this episode with companies, HR and recruiting professionals, startup founders, international talent, or anyone who can benefit from it. Sign up for the Alcorn monthly newsletter to receive the latest immigration news and issues. Reach out to us if we can help you determine the best immigration options for yourself, your company, your employees or prospective employees, or your family whether in the U.S. or abroad.
    In this episode, you’ll hear about: Rob’s transition from petroleum engineering to Chai and Coaching His experience living and working in India Addressing the needs of international students and filling in the gap The shift in the immigration landscape for international students Other types of STEM majors to consider How to bridge the cultural gap in terms of getting jobs in America The value of investing in relationships  
    Don’t miss my upcoming conversations with top Silicon Valley venture capitalists, startup founders, professors, futurists, and thought leaders on Immigration Law for Tech Startups. Subscribe to this podcast here or on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or whatever your favorite platform is. As always, we welcome your rating and review of this podcast. We appreciate your feedback!
    Resources: Chai and Coaching’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/chaicoaching
     
    Alcorn Immigration Law:
    Subscribe to the monthly Alcorn newsletter  
    Immigration Law for Tech Startups podcast: Episode 16: E-2 Visa for Founders and Employees Episode 19: Australian Visas Including E-3 Episode 20: TN Visas and Status for Canadian and Mexican Citizens  
    Immigration Options for Talent, Investors, and Founders Immigration Law for Tech Startups eBook Extraordinary Ability Bootcamp course for best practices for securing the O-1A visa, EB-1A green card, or the EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) green card—the top options for startup founders. Use promotion code ILTS for 20% off the enrollment fee.

    • 29 min
    Entrepreneurship and Crypto with Kevin Chou

    Entrepreneurship and Crypto with Kevin Chou

    In this week’s Immigration Law for Tech Startups podcast, I’m thrilled to be joined by Kevin Chou, a serial entrepreneur gaming and crypto expert. He talks about his latest venture, SuperLayer, which is a community of builders in consumer crypto, seeking to bring the next 100 million people into crypto. Kevin has an extensive background in his companies Rally (blockchain project for creators), Forte (a blockchain game developer platform), Gen.G (leading eSports organization), and more. 
     
    He also founded mobile game development company Kabam. He grew it to over 400 million in annual revenues and built the team to 1,100 people on three continents globally until it was eventually acquired for $1 billion.
     
    Please share this episode with companies, HR and recruiting professionals, startup founders, international talent, or anyone who can benefit from it. Sign up for the Alcorn monthly newsletter to receive the latest immigration news and issues. Reach out to us if we can help you determine the best immigration options for yourself, your company, your employees or prospective employees, or your family whether in the U.S. or abroad.
    In this episode, you’ll hear about: The immigration story in Chou’s family His interest in finance How he transitioned from finance to venture capital Embracing new paradigm shifts in the technology Things he learned from building Rally The idea of truly owning your content through Web3 How to get involved in SuperLayer His insights into the recent crypto crash Entrepreneurship and innovation in the Web3 space post-COVID How immigration supports innovation  
    Don’t miss my upcoming conversations with top Silicon Valley venture capitalists, startup founders, professors, futurists, and thought leaders on Immigration Law for Tech Startups. Subscribe to this podcast here or on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or whatever your favorite platform is. As always, we welcome your rating and review of this podcast. We appreciate your feedback!
     
    Resources: SuperLayer
    www.superlayer.io/ 



    Alcorn Immigration Law:
    Subscribe to the monthly Alcorn newsletter  
    Immigration Law for Tech Startups podcast: Episode 16: E-2 Visa for Founders and Employees Episode 19: Australian Visas Including E-3 Episode 20: TN Visas and Status for Canadian and Mexican Citizens  
    Immigration Options for Talent, Investors, and Founders Immigration Law for Tech Startups eBook Extraordinary Ability Bootcamp course for best practices for securing the O-1A visa, EB-1A green card, or the EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) green card—the top options for startup founders. Use promotion code ILTS for 20% off the enrollment fee.

    • 33 min
    U.S. Immigration Policy with Stuart Anderson

    U.S. Immigration Policy with Stuart Anderson

    In this week’s Immigration Law for Tech Startups podcast, I am joined by Stuart Anderson, the Executive Director of the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), a nonprofit research organization that focuses on trade, immigration, and related issues. He specifically talks about some changes in the U.S. immigration policy as well as the most important changes needed to fix some of the most important problems today.
     
    Stuart helped create AC21, which has impacted the lives of millions of immigrants, especially from China and India, to have more stability and security for their families so they can continue to add value to the United States and have more peace of mind. Aside from being a senior contributor to Forbes magazine, where he covers immigration news, Stuart also wrote the book Immigration (Greenwood Guides to Business and Economics). 
     
    Please share this episode with companies, HR and recruiting professionals, startup founders, international talent, or anyone who can benefit from it. Sign up for the Alcorn monthly newsletter to receive the latest immigration news and issues. Reach out to us if we can help you determine the best immigration options for yourself, your company, your employees or prospective employees, or your family whether in the U.S. or abroad.
    In this episode, you’ll hear about: About NFAP and what they do How the political alignment on immigration has shifted over the last three decades Additional legal changes in AC21 The university and nonprofit cap exemption for H-1B Green card wait times for EB-2 and EB-3 visas in the China and India categories post-pandemic Why many Indian students are now choosing Canada over the United States The economic implications of a better immigration policy  
    Don’t miss my upcoming conversations with top Silicon Valley venture capitalists, startup founders, professors, futurists, and thought leaders on Immigration Law for Tech Startups. Subscribe to this podcast here or on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or whatever your favorite platform is. As always, we welcome your rating and review of this podcast. We appreciate your feedback!
     
    Resources: National Foundation for American Policy
    https://nfap.com/ 
    Twitter: @NFAPresearch
     
    Immigration (Greenwood Guides to Business and Economics)
    https://www.amazon.com/Immigration-Greenwood-Guides-Business-Economics/dp/0313380287 
    Regan’s final speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R8QxCD6ir8&t=2s
     
    Alcorn Immigration Law:
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    Immigration Law for Tech Startups podcast: Episode 030: H-1B Nitty Gritty #1: Transfer, Extensions, Amendments in Tech Episode 031: H-1B Nitty Gritty #2: H-1B Transfer for Startup Founders Episode 83: Understanding AC21 Portability – H-1B Extensions and the 180 Day Rule  
    Immigration Options for Talent, Investors, and Founders Immigration Law for Tech Startups eBook Extraordinary Ability Bootcamp course for best practices for securing the O-1A visa, EB-1A green card, or the EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) green card—the top options for startup founders. Use promotion code ILTS for 20% off the enrollment fee.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Iamnotagamer ,

This is so useful!

As an immigrant, working in Silicon Valley it is hard to find accurate source of information on this complex topic. This podcast is a great resource to navigate the h1b, green card situation for entrepreneurs or immigrant professionals in general.

Nice work!

Raiyanr ,

Too much unnecessary information

Thankful for what you guys share. Podcast related to US immigration is a great way to serve those in need, especially since the US Immigration System is not easy to navigate. While I appreciate your service, I believe most of your podcasts could be shorter if you can just get to the point instead of providing too much unnecessary information. Sometimes it takes up to 10 min before you start talking about the substance. By the time you get to the point you’ve already lost the attention because you’ve shared iterated and regurgitated way too much unnecessary information. Time is precious and it’s more precious for those with a constantly ticking clock.

I hope you’ll find my review helpful

Thank you

Laniedenslow ,

Practical information well presented

Sophie's presentation is clear, easy to understand. This will be a valuable resource.

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