Here’s one other version of “Dear Sophie,” the recommendation column that solutions immigration-related questions on working at know-how corporations.
“Your questions are vital to the spread of knowledge that allows people all over the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration legal professional. “Whether you’re in people ops, a founder or seeking a job in Silicon Valley, I would love to answer your questions in my next column.”
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My co-founders and I believe we’d qualify for International Entrepreneur Parole.
How long does it take to get IEP accepted? How does that examine to different choices which can be obtainable to startup founders, and might my partner work?
— Committed COO
Great questions! With Thanksgiving within the United States tomorrow, I’m reflecting on how appreciative I’m of you and everybody who submits inquiries to this column, wherever you’re on the planet!
My legislation accomplice Anita Koumriqian and I lately chatted on our Thanksgiving gratitude podcast episode about all of the issues we respect about U.S. immigration in 2021, together with how grateful we’re that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced this 12 months that it will proceed the International Entrepreneur Parole (IEP) program. (In May, USCIS underneath the Biden administration introduced it was rescinding a proposal created by the earlier administration that may have ended the IEP program.)
I like to recommend that you just seek the advice of an immigration legal professional who has expertise submitting IEP applications. Remember, solely as much as three people from the identical startup can get IEP. Take a have a look at these earlier Dear Sophie columns by which I talk about the qualifications for IEP and the IEP process. An immigration legal professional can even have the ability to supply various choices and steps to take based mostly on the distinctive wants and conditions of you and your management workforce.
Timing continues to be an unknown
The time it takes USCIS to course of IEP purposes stays unsure for now, however we’re nonetheless fervently advocating for anybody who could also be eligible to take this path.