Immigration Nerds Podcast
Immigration Nerds talk about the Relationship Between International Migration Policy and Climate Change
January 7, 2021

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Dr. Robert McLeman, a professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. Dr. McLeman talks about the relationship between migration policy and climate change, and what it could mean for our shared ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the Stable Triangle
December 4, 2020

The Immigration Nerds bring to the podcast a panel from the recent SHRM Global Mobility and Immigration Symposium, "The Stable Triangle: Driving Employee Experience with Coordinated Immigration, Tax and Relocation." EIG Managing Attorney Salman Cheema and Lieselot Whitbeck, Hunton Andrews Kurth, discuss the increased demand for ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About President-elect Biden's Potential Immigration Plans
November 20, 2020

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Erickson Immigration Group’s Managing Directors Justin Parsons and Hiba Anver about how President-elect Joe Biden could approach immigration. The last four years included significant policy and procedural changes. What would become of the Trump Administration's travel ban ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the Election and Immigration in the Presidential Debate
October 30, 2020

In the final stretch before the end of Election season 2020, we analyze the candidates' track record and position on immigration as highlighted in their final debate. In the short segment moderated by Kristen Welker, President Donald Trump and former Vice President discussed "Coyotes," the DACA ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the Lawsuits Against DOL and DHS
October 22, 2020

Following the two rule changes from DOL and DHS that will significantly reshape the H-1B specialty occupation visa program, more than ten lawsuits have been filed against the two agencies. In this week’s Immigration Nerds podcast, we synthesize the Purdue Vs. Scalia lawsuit that challenges the new ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the New Normal
October 15, 2020

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we revisit a conversation with AIRES Vice President of Organizational Development, Rob O'Donnell and Erickson Immigration CEO and President, Jerry Erickson. Rob and Jerry discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted all industries and what the future could look like ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the New DOL and DHS Regulations
October 9, 2020

On Tuesday, October 6, the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security released two major regulations that will overhaul the guest worker program largely targeting wage and degree requirements for specialty occupations. In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, Erickson Immigration Group Managing Attorney Christine ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the October Visa Bulletin and AOS
October 5, 2020

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, Erickson Immigration Group's Managing Director, Hiba Anver joins to talk about the October Visa Bulletin. The United States only makes a certain number of green cards available per year, per country of origin. This policy creates significant backlogs for certain groups. ...

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Immigration Nerds talk about COVID-19 and What to Prioritize in Global Mobility Today
September 11, 2020

In February, weeks before the US implemented a coronavirus response, EIG attorney Yasmin Mirreh published an article in Law360 — Coronavirus And Immigration: Tips For The Global Employer. Now, in this week’s Immigration Nerds podcast, Yasmin talks about what she’s seen in the last almost ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk about the Model Minority Myth
September 4, 2020

In this week’s Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Dr. Sarah-Soonling Blackburn, an educator and personal development trainer, who focuses on strategies to optimize learning environments with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. In Dr. Blackburn’s research on the Asian American experience in the ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk to Lieutenant Colonel Mona Johnson about Immigration and Achievement in America
September 2, 2020

In this week’s Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Lieutenant Colonel Mona Johnson, the first immigrant, Arab-Muslim woman to serve in the US Armed Forces and achieve the rank of lieutenant colonel. In this conversation, Johnson recounts the story of her new memoir, Not Created ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the "Deportation Machine"
August 21, 2020

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Adam Goodman, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the author of “The Deportation Machine: America's Long History with Expelling Immigrants.” Goodman's book examines how federal authorities have largely used three main ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the Expansion of Immigrant Data Collection
August 14, 2020

From collecting social media passwords of visa holders to taking DNA samples of travelers at the border, the practice of collecting private information from foreign travelers has sizably increased over the past year. On July 31, the U.S. Department of Labor announced it had reached an ...

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Immigration Nerds talk to Author Jessica Goudeau about her book, "After the Last Border"
August 3, 2020

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, journalist and author Jessica Goudeau meets us at the mic to talk about her new book, After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America. Immigrants and refugees have been central to America’s identity for ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
Immigration Nerds Talk to Dr. Deborah Watkins Bruner
July 24, 2020

In last week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talked about the impact of ICE modifying the SEVP temporary exemptions to restrict foreign students from online courses amid COVID-19 and the agency’s reversal. However, we didn’t get a chance to discuss the important role international students play ...

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Immigration Nerds talk about the Trump Administration's Rescinding of the Policy on F-1 Students and Online Courses
July 16, 2020

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Hiba Anver, Erickson Immigration Group Managing Director, about the Trump Administrations reversal of their policy restricting F-1 students from taking an all online course of study this fall and staying in the US. In a settlement on ...

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The Immigration Nerds Talk to Ranzo D. about the Black Experience in Asia
July 3, 2020

Ranzo D, the creator of "The Black Experience in Japan," joins the podcast. Ranzo travels throughout Asia and interviews Black immigrants on their experience. These stories, while not globally covered, are rich in insight. Ranzo shares his personal journey, why he decided to create his ...

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Immigration Nerds talk to Dr. Usha Tummala-Nara about Mental Health Trauma in Immigrant Communities
June 18, 2020

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, host Ian Gaines talks to Dr. Usha Tummala-Nara, Program Director, Ph.D. Program in Counseling Psychology at Boston College. Dr. Tummala-Nara is currently conducting research on mental health and trauma within immigrant communities. In this timely conversation, we discuss the ...

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Immigration Nerds talk to Professor William Kerr about the Gift of Global Talent
June 12, 2020

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, Harvard Business School professor and author, William Kerr joins us to talk about his book, The Gift of Global Talent: How Migration Shapes Business, Economy & Society. Professor Kerr's research focuses on entrepreneurial management, specifically on how companies and economies ...

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The Immigration Nerds talk about the FY21 H-1B Lottery and Options
May 29, 2020

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, Erickson Immigration Group's Director of Client Relations and Managing Attorney Alejandra Zapatero joins to talk about the recent H-1B cap lottery. Alejandra discusses the steps individuals can take if they were not selected in this year's lottery. We address ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About Medical Care at Detention Centers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 21, 2020

In late March, Pike County Detention Center detainee Aldo Camacho-Lopez began feeling sick and displayed fever-like symptoms. However, he did not receive any medical care. On April 2, he tested positive for COVID-19. Three days later, after contracting pneumonia, he received treatment at a hospital. As ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
Immigration Nerds Talk About Sports after a Pandemic
May 14, 2020

In this week’s Erickson Immigration Group Immigration Nerds podcast, we talked to Dan Lyle, an American former rugby union player and current director of AEG Rugby. We talk about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on international sports, and what a win would look like for teams ...

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Immigration Nerds talk about the Immigrant Experience for Victims of Abuse
May 12, 2020

In this week’s Erickson Immigration Group Immigration Nerds podcast, we talked to Erika Cisneros, an author and immigration attorney who specializes in human trafficking and abuse cases. We recognize that because of the coronavirus pandemic, individuals are staying home and for some, that means staying ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
Immigration Nerds Talk About President Trump's Immigration Proclamation
April 23, 2020

On Wednesday, April 22, President Trump signed an executive order proclamation that will temporarily suspend the entry of certain immigrants into the U.S. This brief episode will cover the purpose of the order, who will be impacted, and for how long.  

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Immigration Nerds Talk About Potential Immigration Suspension
April 21, 2020

Updated as of Tuesday, April 21, at 4:41 PM On Monday, April 20, a little after 10 PM EST, President Trump tweeted, "In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About Entrepreneurialism and the American Dream
April 17, 2020

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Amin Hasani, an NYC-based designer and Iranian entrepreneur. Through his companies, The Curvd and Blue Heart Hero, Amin and his team reimagine products to serve people with differing physical abilities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, their production ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the Role and Challenge for Foreign-born Healthcare Providers
April 10, 2020

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we discuss the role of foreign-born health care professionals during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Joining from Milwaukee, Wisconsin is Chijioke Ikonte, who is a med student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. We discuss the impact of J-1 visas and ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk to Kimberly Wong about Life in Shanghai during the Coronavirus Pandemic
April 7, 2020

The Immigration Nerds talk to Kimberly Wong, a fashion designer originally from New Jersey who has lived in Shanghai for the last decade. After a trip to the US to visit her family earlier this year, Kimberly returned to Shanghai to begin a 14-day quarantine. ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the Impact of COVID-19 on International Students
March 25, 2020

Earlier this week, USCIS released a FAQ to address the impact of the coronavirus and COVID-19 on SEVP-certified schools and F and M students. In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Harsh Sharda, an F-1 graduate student weeks from his would-be graduation, and ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About Policy Updates: DOS, DHS, USCIS, ICE
March 24, 2020

Last week, US government agencies announced procedural adjustments to several forms, timelines, and requirements because of the ongoing impact of the coronavirus and COVID-19. In this Immigration Nerds podcast, we recap those specific changes. As always, if you have any questions about these changes, please contact ...