Here is another version “Dear Sophie,” an advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at tech companies.
“Your questions are critical to spreading the knowledge that allows people around the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” said Silicon Valley immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn. “Whether you’re looking for a job in Human Ops, as a founder, or in Silicon Valley, I’d love to answer your questions in the next column.”
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I am a UX/UI designer in Europe working for a web3 company in the United States.
I would like to leave my current position and move to the US for a job where I have more autonomy, flexibility and can work on different projects with different clients in the US.
How can I do this? Thanks for your help!
– World Wide Web 3 wonder
I have long thought that Web3 would make immigration obsolete. Technology devalues passive activity, augments and elevates the human experience. I don’t think immigration is going anywhere anytime soon!
Let’s explore some US immigration options so you can find the autonomy and career diversity you desire!
A work visa that allows you to be free…
Most nonimmigrant work visas that allow you to temporarily stay and work in the United States are tied to an employer sponsoring your visa by filing a visa application on your behalf.
As long as you don’t have a work permit, only one major type of visa allows you to work as an express freelancer—in other words, work for multiple companies—and that’s the O-1 visa. With the O-1A, you must have a US agent acting as your employer or representing multiple employers to sponsor you for the O-1. A colleague in your field may act as the US agent, but the petition must provide details of the relationship between you as an O-1 beneficiary and the US agent.
The O-1 doesn’t give you complete autonomy, but it does allow you the freedom to choose different projects in your field at different organizations.