Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the guidance column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies.

“Your concerns are vital to the spread of understanding that allows individuals all over the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” states Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley migration lawyer. “Whether you’re in individuals ops, a founder or looking for a job in Silicon Valley, I would enjoy to address your questions in my next column.”

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Dear Sophie:

Fallout from COVID-19 is forcing our startup to downsize. What legal requirements do we need to consider if we’re laying off foreign-born employees or downsizing their hours?

— HR Manager in San Mateo

Dear HR Supervisor:

Thank you for your question; a great deal of individuals are going through the same thing. Ending a worker that your company sponsored for a visa or green card can have implications for future hiring.

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.