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Erickson in the News: Mexicans have a special route to the US job market. Trade wars could close it off
June 17, 2019

Melia Russell | June 16, 2019   As a candidate, Donald Trump began his campaign by attacking Mexicans. Now, some here legally fear they’ll be collateral damage in his trade wars. For a quarter century, skilled Mexican citizens have been able to get three-year work permits under a ...

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Erickson in the News: No one ‘is safe’: H-1B visa approvals plunged 10% last year, feds say
June 6, 2019

Melia Russell | June 5, 2019   According to new data released by the federal government on the state of the H-1B visa, commonly used for high-skilled workers in tech, there has been an abrupt drop in approvals for a work permit that once was granted routinely. Fewer ...

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Erickson in the News: ‘They don’t like Canadians’: New border obstacle for high-skilled workers
April 12, 2019

Melia Russell | April 12, 2019 Some U.S. border agents have quietly begun refusing to process work visas for Canadians already working in the country, a change that is confounding immigration lawyers and could pose problems for big Silicon Valley employers that frequently move tech workers between Canada ...

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Erickson in the News: Changes to H-1B visa lottery create ‘stress’ for tech companies and employees
April 2, 2019

Paayal Zaveri | Aditi Roy Vraj Parikh started coding when he was 8 years old. He’s been coding ever since, with his passion for computer programming bringing him to the United States, where he received a master’s in computer science from Indiana University. After a stint at ...

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Erickson in the News: Trump changes high-tech visa system, making it less attractive for employers
February 1, 2019

by Sean Higgins | January 31, 2019 The Trump administration announced changes to the H-1B visa program Thursday that would make the process more favorable toward the most highly educated applicants who can demand higher salaries. That's likely to make the program less attractive to businesses seeking only ...

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Welcome to the New and Expanded EIG
January 31, 2019

Welcome to our new and expanded office space! Two years ago, after the tremendous growth of our EIG Team, we moved from our original home in Woodbridge, VA., to our current home in Arlington, VA. Since then, we've continued to grow across all of our ...

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Erickson in the News: Navigating Employment and Immigration Practice Compliance
January 18, 2019

Download the full paper by EIG attorney Miatrai Brown here: Bloomberg_Navigating Employment Compliance and Immigration Practice Compliance. Protecting economic interests specific to the workforce has always been a focus of legislation and executive orders throughout U.S. history. In 1986, the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)sparked a ...

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Erickson in the News: Calculating 1-Year Employment Requirement For L-1 Visas
December 20, 2018

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently issued a policy memorandum[1] to clarify the one-year foreign employment requirement for L-1 visa holders. The clarification impacts the time frame for which the employment abroad must be completed. The memorandum is a measure to ensure petitions are adjudicated ...

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LAW360 | Expert Analysis: Potential Pitfalls Of Hiring Without Degree Requirements
November 1, 2018

By Xavier Francis and Kane Vongsavanh, Erickson Immigration Group Attorneys   Employers might no longer be requiring potential hires to have a college degree as a prerequisite for employment. According to a recent report by Glassdoor.com,[1] 15 large companies, including Google, Apple, IBMand Bank of America, are the front-runners of this ...

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Investing in Technology to Best Serve You
September 17, 2018

As a firm, Erickson Immigration Group is committed to being at the leading edge of innovation and developing custom technology solutions that deliver the best possible client experience and keep pace with you, our industry shaping clients. As we continue our pursuit of systems advancement and excellence, ...

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Erickson in the News: Hiba Anver Talks with NBR about the Possible Changes Coming to the H-4 Visa Program
August 28, 2018

With Aditi Roy The Trump administration has indicated in a recent court filing that it will reverse the Obama era decision and prohibit H-4 visa holders from working and companies, many of which depend on foreign labor, are speaking out. In a letter to the administration, top CEOs warned ...

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Erickson in the News: Spouses of immigrant techies fear the Trump administration will soon revoke their ability to work in the US
August 28, 2018

Paayal Zaveri | Aditi Roy Tech companies, H4 Visa holders bracing for DHS policy changes from CNBC. Shilpa Sachdev moved from India to the U.S. in 2013 to be with her husband, who had landed a job as an engineer for Microsoft under a visa program that allows ...

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Law 360 | Expert Analysis: Common Challenges Associated With B-1 Visa Compliance
June 1, 2018

By Xavier Francis, Erickson Immigration Group Attorney The B-1, or business, visa is perhaps the most widely used and easily accessible visa for companies seeking to have their global workforce enter the United States. Many companies rely on this visa to facilitate commercial activities and transactions ...

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LAW360 | Expert Analysis: F-1 Visa Holders Changing To H-1B Face New Risks
May 10, 2018

  By Xavier Francis, Erickson Immigration Group Attorney On March 20, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B cap petitions for the fiscal year of 2019. This marks the second consecutive year USCIS suspended premium processing for H-1B cap petitions. ...

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Erickson in the News: Big American tech companies are snapping up foreign-worker visas, replacing Indian outsourcing firms
April 20, 2018

Paayal Zaveri | Aditi Roy A new study from the National Foundation for American Policy, shows that U.S. tech companies are relying more on skilled foreign workers using H-1B visas, while Indian outsourcing firms are losing their previous stronghold in the area. According to the study, four U.S. tech ...

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Erickson in the News: Big American tech companies are snapping up foreign-worker visas, replacing Indian outsourcing firms
April 20, 2018

Paayal Zaveri CNBC20 April 2018 A new study from the National Foundation for American Policy, shows that U.S. tech companies are relying more on skilled foreign workers using H-1B visas, while Indian outsourcing firms are losing their previous stronghold in the area. According to the study, four U.S. tech ...

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Erickson in the News: H-1B application numbers fall for second year in a row
April 12, 2018

Trisha Thadani | April 12, 2018 The number of H-1B applications for the next fiscal year dipped for the second year in a row — a trend experts say could be influenced by the current administration’s “America First” rhetoric and a rise in scrutiny of companies’ petitions. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ...

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Erickson in the News: H-1B visa lottery, despite changes, still leaves careers up to chance
April 1, 2018

By Trisha Thadani March 31, 2018 Updated: April 1, 2018 6:00am The H-1B visa lottery will begin again Monday, after a dizzying year of rhetoric, memos and executive orders from an administration determined to crack down on any foreign-worker program that it feels threatens American jobs. At processing centers in ...

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Introducing the New EIGLaw.com
March 30, 2018

Erickson Immigration Group, a leading business immigration firm, announced today the launch of its newly revamped website. Designed to meet clients where they are, this site was developed with a mobile-first approach and offers quick access to EIG’s comprehensive business and global immigration services, and ...

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Erickson in the News: Immigration Attorneys on Their Toes in the Age of Trump
December 19, 2017

Bloomberg Law – Staff Reports – Bloomberg Law | December 19, 2017 By Laura D. Francis, Bloomberg Law   President Donald Trump has made overhauling the immigration system a priority, and his steps in that direction have kept immigration lawyers on their toes for the bulk of the past ...

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Erickson in the News: Employment & Immigration Whiteboard
November 27, 2017

EMPLOYMENT & IMMIGRATION WHITEBOARD: Proposal would extend ‘extreme vetting’ visa questions for 3 years By Ted Hesson |11/27/2017 05:10 PM EDT The Trump administration plans to continue so-called extreme vetting of visa applicants for years to come, according to a notice published in the Federal Register today. The ...

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California Immigration Law Creates New Challenges for Employers
November 16, 2017

A new California law aimed at curbing immigration enforcement could cause problems for employers. California’s A.B. 450, signed into law Oct. 5, will become effective Jan. 1. The measure limits the circumstances under which employers can respond to requests for documents and physical access to nonpublic ...

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How Immigration Attys Are Tackling The Trump Era
November 8, 2017

By Allissa Wickham Law360, New York (November 8, 2017, 9:18 PM EST) -- This time last November, Donald Trump defied conventional wisdom and won the presidential election, setting the stage for a dizzying year of immigration policy changes. It's been an anxious time in the immigration world, ...

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Erickson in the News: Drunk Driving Is More Than an Arrest for Foreign Workers
October 30, 2017

Driving under the influence could have particularly serious consequences for temporary foreign workers and the businesses that employ them. The situation is ‘‘somewhat fluid,’’ so ‘‘we’re not feeling the impact yet,’’ Jerry Erickson of the Erickson Immigration Group told Bloomberg Law Oct. 27. The immigration consequence ...

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Teachers Would Slip Through Cracks Of New Immigration Plan
September 8, 2017

Expert Analysis Opinion | Hiba Anver On Aug. 2, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his support for the Reform American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, a bill introduced by Republican Sens. Tom Cotton, R- Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga. The act replaces the current employer-sponsored ...