Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the recommendations column that answers immigration-related concerns about working at technology business.

“Your concerns are important to the spread of knowledge that permits individuals all over the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley migration lawyer. “Whether you remain in people ops, a founder or looking for a task in Silicon Valley, I would like to address your concerns in my next column.”

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Dear Sophie:

I operate in individuals ops at a start-up. We have no experience with H-1B visas. We recently received applications for job openings from a couple of strong candidates who are on H-1B visas with other companies. What should we understand about employing an H-1B visa holder?

Among the job applicants will require to have her H-1B renewed next year. What should we understand about filing for a renewal? Are H-1B transfers and renewals still possible considered that H-1B visas are no longer being issued at consulates?

— Beginner in Newark

Dear Newbie,

Exciting that your company is working with. Congrats! Yes, H-1B transfers and renewals are still possible. The only present constraint is that H-1B visas can normally not be released to people outside the U.S. today. They were stopped through a minimum of completion of 2020 under last month’s executive proclamation.

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.