Immigration Nerds Podcast
Immigration Nerds talk to Natalie Ram about collecting DNA at the border and the thin line between security and privacy
February 14, 2020

In January, the government began collecting DNA from detainees at the border to ensure that families are who they say they are. This new procedure prompts us to consider how this act of security could encroach on our privacy. In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About Travel Ban 3.0
February 7, 2020

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, EIG Managing Director/Attorney Hiba M. Anver joins the conversation to explain the latest iteration of the Travel Ban released by the Trump Administration on Friday, January 31. The new ban would include six additional countries; citizens from Nigeria, Eritrea, ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About Birth Tourism, the Public Charge Rule, and Another Possible Travel Ban
January 31, 2020

The Immigration Nerds talk about this busy week in immigration and give updates on the ongoing and revisited topics of "birth tourism," the public charge rule, and the possibility of another travel ban.

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Immigration Nerds Celebrate the Lunar New Year
January 24, 2020

For this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we revisit last year's Lunar New Year Celebration conversation with EIG attorneys Stephanie Tan and Dora Wang. With Stephanie and Dora, we explore the history and centuries-old lore behind the New Year as well as their family traditions during ...

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Immigration Nerds Talks About Liberia's Direct Pathway to Citizenship
January 17, 2020

EIG’s Senior Attorney and Liberian native Jowanda Jones joins the podcast to explain the latest in the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act. She explains how one would qualify for the act that now allows a direct pathway to citizenship. In addition, we unravel Liberia's inseparable ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk to Saadia Khan about the Immigrantly Experience
December 20, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, Saadia Khan, executive producer and host of the "Immigrantly" podcast joins us at our mic. Immigrantly is a weekly podcast that captures the honest and unfiltered accounts of first and second-generation immigrants in America. In today's episode, Saadia talks ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About Holiday Travel
December 13, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast we share the answers to some of the most commonly asked travel questions. As the holiday season picks up, and people are likely to be traveling near and far, please be sure to be up to date on the ...

Alerts
Immigration Nerds Alert: Understanding the Electronic Registration Process for the H-1B Cap
December 12, 2019

As previously reported, on Friday, USCIS announced the successful completion of the electronic registration process pilot. The registration process will be put into practice for the next H-1B cap lottery, Spring 2020. To further explain what this new process entails and what to expect, EIG Managing Director ...

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Immigration Nerds talk about the Gig Economy and the Impact on Immigration
December 6, 2019

Today’s unprecedented access to a global workforce has increasingly led companies and employees to opt for temporary projects, often located remotely. In this "gig economy," employees enjoy the freedom of having autonomy over the direction of their careers, while employers can now find the exact ...

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Immigration Nerds talk about the History of the Thanksgiving Meal
December 2, 2019

In a bonus episode, the Immigration Nerds challenge fellow EIG'ers for a rousing Thanksgiving trivia. Join us to learn about the origins and history of some traditional Thanksgiving dishes, the countries they come from, and how they arrived on tables across the United States.

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Immigration Nerds talk to Josh Doherty of Ayuda
November 22, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we want to Josh Doherty, managing attorney for Ayuda, a non-profit, service provider that offers immigration and family law assistance, and social and language access support for low-income immigrants in the US. They specialize in services for “Dreamers,” survivors ...

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Immigration Nerds at the SCOTUS Hearing for DACA
November 18, 2019

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court held an oral argument to deliberate over the White House’s plan to roll back Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The policy, first implemented by the Obama administration in August 2012, allows undocumented individuals who were brought to the ...

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Immigration Nerds talk to Laura Young, Salesforce Salesforce Director of Global Mobility and Immigration, About Volunteering at the Border
November 11, 2019

This week, we're delighted to be joined at the mic by Laura Young, Salesforce Director of Global Mobility and Immigration. Ms. Young oversees all inbound and outbound immigration employment operations for Salesforce, including the US and global immigration program for the company. In this conversation, ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About DNA Collection
October 28, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we discuss how the government is collecting DNA samples from immigrants migrating to the United States.

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Immigration Nerds Talk About International Business Relationship Across Continents and Cultures
October 18, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Makoto Takeda, the co-founder of Bistream. Mr. Takeda talks about the business relationships his company facilitates between companies, investors, universities, and talent in Japan and Germany and the mutual benefits created between these two global markets.

Alerts
Breaking News on Public Charge Regulation and Federal Court Injunction
October 15, 2019

On Friday, just four days before the Trump Administration's public charge rule was set to effect, federal judges in California, New York, and Washington issued a preliminary nationwide injunction. In a breaking alert, the Immigration Nerds talk with managing directors Hiba Anver and Justin Parsons ...

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Update: Courts Block Public Charge Rule
October 14, 2019

On Friday, three federal courts in California, New York, and Washington issued judgments that will block the implementation of the Trump Administration's public charge rule. As previously reported, the rule was to go in to effect on Tuesday, October 15. The public charge rule would evaluate ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About Save Jobs USA v. DHS
October 11, 2019

On September 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments for the Save Jobs USA v. DHS case that may determine the future work opportunities and livelihoods for the H-4 spouses of H-1B holders as they wait to ...

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Immigration Nerds talk to Diane Rish about AILA's H-1B FOIA Lawsuit and Resulting Insights
October 4, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, Diane Rish, the Associate Director of Government Relations at American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) joins us at the mic. Through multiple FOIA requests and painstaking litigation, AILA along with the American Immigration Council won access to USCIS documents that revealed ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About EIG's Technology Advancements and Tech in Immigration
September 26, 2019

If immigration changes fast, technology is even faster. In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to EIG's Chief Technology Officer Sanjay Akut about the latest trends in tech, and how EIG has assembled a nimble and robust technology solution with the number one priority ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About Social Media Surveillance
September 20, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to EIG attorney Ryan M. Knight about social media surveillance as part of the visa process. This level of scrutiny forces some tough questions: What is the price of freedom of expression in the Land of the ...

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A Year in Immigration | First Anniversary: Dave Bier, Laura D. Francis, Ian Kullgren, and Claudia Cubas
September 13, 2019

Today is a special episode — we are celebrating the Immigration Nerds podcast's first anniversary! We started in a tiny room with a few attorneys and a producer, all of us racking our brains to tackle the immigration issues of the day. We now have a guest list and audience that ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk to Greg Chen of AILA About the Week in Immigration
September 6, 2019

This week, the Trump Administration released a number of new restrictive immigration measures. To help make sense of the week and to address what is being done about it, we welcomed the Director of Government Relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Greg Chen. ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About Hidetaka Hirota about the Public Charge Rule
August 29, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast we take a historical approach to the idea of public charge and welcome history professor Hidetaka Hirota from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. We discuss how culture, religion, and race have explicitly been used to determine who would be ...

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Immigrations Nerds Talk About Mass Migration from Venezuela
August 27, 2019

In this bonus episode, we continue our conversation with Dany Bahar of the Brookings Institution, and this time focus on Venezuela. In a time of civil unrest and economic distress, between 4-6 million Venezuelans — nearly 20% of the population — have fled the country. ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk to Dany Bahar, the David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution
August 23, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we sit down with a fellow "immigration nerd," Dany Bahar. Mr. Bahar is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution, an Israeli and Venezuelan economist, and an associate at the ...

Alerts
Trump Administration Introduces Final "Public Charge" Rule
August 12, 2019

On Monday, August 12, the Trump Administration said it would move forward with new regulations that would deny green cards and visas to immigrants who use or are expected to use a wide range of government benefits, including food stamps, housing vouchers, and Medicaid. This ...

Global News
Immigration Nerds Talk About Prime Minister Johnson and Brexit
August 9, 2019

Boris Johnson is the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and carries the weight of the entire country, and holds the keys to its Brexit destiny. Is Johnson a Man of the People or a product of the Institution? Erickson Immigration Group legal writer ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the Week in Immigration
August 2, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we're joined by Erickson Immigration Group senior attorney Storm Estep to discuss recent policy updates from the week of July 15 - July 24. Storm explains H.R. 1044 and the companion bill in the Senate, new asylum rules and ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About Life at the Border, a First Person Perspective
July 25, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we are joined by Taylor Gibson, a law clerk with Erickson Immigration Group. Taylor recently spent a week volunteering with unaccompanied minors at the border. Through her account, we enter the lives and stories of those separated from their ...