May 26, 2022

Here is another version From the “Dear Sophie” advice column, answering immigration questions about working in tech companies.

“Your questions are vital to spreading the knowledge that enables people around the world to rise above boundaries and achieve their dreams,” said Silicon Valley immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn. “Whether you work for People Ops, are a founder, or are looking for a job in Silicon Valley, I’ll be happy to answer your questions in my next column.”

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dear Sophie,

We have many employees who are citizens of Ukraine; One on the OPT and one on the OPT for voting. We want to make sure they can continue to live and work in the United States.

Our biggest concern is the F-1 student whose OPT status expires in June. We entered him into this year’s H-1B raffle and hope to be selected this week.

We have since learned that Ukrainians are eligible for TPS. Does this also apply to OPT F-1 students? Do our other Ukrainian employees also need to apply for TPS even though their work visas are still valid for a few more years? What is the application process for TPS?

– strong supporter

dear strong,

I appreciate your efforts in planning and supporting your team! TPS, which stands for Temporary Protected Status, is what I talked about in a recent podcast on the current state of immigration, as well as an overview of President Joe Biden’s approach to immigration reform.

USCIS has just announced that it will begin premium processing for more business types in 2022, including multinational managers EB-1C, EB-2 NAV, I-539 status changes for various employee types (E-2, E-3). ), students (F, J, M) and some spouses and even I-765 work permits. More details about the rollout will be posted soon, with the changes going into effect before the end of the second quarter. Stay here for more updates!

Composite image of immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn with the gaming-updates logo in the background.

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What is TPS?

To answer your questions about supporting Ukrainians on your team, let me tell you a little about TPS. The Secretary of Homeland Security, who oversees the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has the power to assign or renew a TPS in a country if circumstances, such as armed conflict or natural disaster, make that country vulnerable. A citizen of a country designated for TPS may live, work, and travel overseas in the United States if that person resides in the United States on the effective date of the TPS. was present in

Secretary Alejandro Meyerkas appointed Ukraine as a member of the SCC for a period of 18 months from March 1, 2022. This means that all Ukrainians in the US are eligible to apply for TPS from this date (the last day to apply is August 28, 2022). If TPS is granted, people will be allowed to live and work in the United States until September 1, 2023. At the same time, Mallorcas may determine whether to extend the current TPS designation for Ukraine or re-eligibility for TPS for those who come to the United States after March 1, 2022.

Ukraine joins 12 other countries that currently have the TPS designation: Myanmar, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.

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