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

“Your concerns are vital to the spread of understanding that enables 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 individuals ops, a creator or seeking a task in Silicon Valley, I would love to address your questions in my next column.”

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Dear Sophie:

Assist! Our startup needs to employ 50 engineers in expert system and related fields ASAP. Which visa and green card alternatives are the quickest to get for top immigrant engineers?

And will Biden’s new migration bill help us?

— Mesmerized in Menlo Park

Dear Mesmerized,

I’m getting this concern rather regularly now as more and more startups with current financing rounds are aiming to quickly broaden. In the current episode of my podcast, I talk about some of the quickest visa categories for start-ups to consider when they need to add skill quickly.

As constantly, I suggest speaking with an experienced migration attorney who can assist you quickly plan and carry out a effective and affordable hiring and immigration plan. An immigration lawyer will also be up to date on any migration policy modifications and plans in the event that the Biden administration’s U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 passes. It was presented in your home and Senate this month.

That proposed legislation would allow more international talent to come to the U.S. for tasks and clear employment-based visa backlogs, to name a few things. Given the legislation’s significant advantages offered to companies, I motivate your startup– and other business– to let congressional representatives know you support it.

A composite image of immigration law attorney Sophie Alcorn in front of a background with a TechCrunch logo.

Image Credits: Joanna Buniak/ Sophie Alcorn (opens in a brand-new window)Considered that many U.S. consulates and embassies remain at limited capacity for routine visa and permit processing due to the pandemic, it is typically quicker to employ Worldwide and american employees who are currently in the U.S. Although U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Provider (USCIS) is experiencing substantial delays in processing cases due to the coronavirus, as well as a boost in applications, Premium Processing is presently available for many employment-based petitions. We are still able to support numerous folks with U.S. visa appointment scheduling at consulates abroad using various national interest methods.

With all of that in mind, here are the visa classifications that offer the quickest way to employ international talent.

H-1B transfers

Hiring people by moving their H-1B to your startup can be completed in a number of months with premium processing. Premium processing is an optional service that for a charge assurances USCIS will process the petition within 15 calendar days.

What’s more, H-1B transferees can start working for your start-up even before USCIS has provided a receipt notification or made a decision in the case. You simply need to make certain that USCIS received the petition, which is why I constantly suggest sending out all bundles to USCIS with tracking.

Premium processing can assist to get a digital invoice as the paper receipts are frequently backlogged. I stopped recommending this path during the Trump administration, however am feeling more comfy providing it as a choice under the Biden administration. The H-1B is the only type of visa that allows someone to start working upon the filing of a transfer application.

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.