Aaron Karnell

Senior Attorney, Government Affairs

Aaron Karnell is Senior Attorney, Government Affairs at Erickson Immigration Group.  With twenty years of experience working for the U.S. Government and more than 10 years’ experience adjudicating visas as a Consular Officer for the U.S. Department of State, Aaron can provide expert, detailed, and results-focused advice for businesses seeking to bring skilled H-1B, L-1, O, TN, E-3, and J-1 nonimmigrants to the United States.  

Aaron’s government experience, which included multiple overseas tours and a detail to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, makes him uniquely qualified to tackle difficult nonimmigrant visa issues.  Aaron enjoys using his insight into visa adjudications to provide clients with sophisticated, actionable advice.

Before entering the diplomatic corps, Aaron was an Asylum Officer for US Citizenship and Immigration Services.  He lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife and two children.

Education:

Taft Law School, Juris Doctorate
The University of Kentucky, Doctor of Philosophy - Mass Communication
Cornell University, Bachelor of Arts - Government

Languages:

English, Spanish

Admitted to:

The State Bar of California
State of Maryland

Speaking Engagements:

War in Ukraine and Refugees: The State Department’s Role, Immigration Nerds Podcast, March 10, 2022

Title 42 : Border security, public opinion, and public health consistency, Immigration Nerds Podcast, May 23, 2022

Making a Good Impression on the Reviewing Officers: Practical Tips from Former USCIS and DOS Officials, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Community Involvement:

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) 2022-2023 DOS Liaison Committee

Aaron Karnell is Senior Attorney, Government Affairs at Erickson Immigration Group.  With twenty years of experience working for the U.S. Government and more than 10 years’ experience adjudicating visas as a Consular Officer for the U.S. Department of State, Aaron can provide expert, detailed, and results-focused advice for businesses seeking to bring skilled H-1B, L-1, O, TN, E-3, and J-1 nonimmigrants to the United States.  

Aaron’s government experience, which included multiple overseas tours and a detail to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, makes him uniquely qualified to tackle difficult nonimmigrant visa issues.  Aaron enjoys using his insight into visa adjudications to provide clients with sophisticated, actionable advice.

Before entering the diplomatic corps, Aaron was an Asylum Officer for US Citizenship and Immigration Services.  He lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife and two children.

Aaron Karnell

Senior Attorney, Government Affairs

Education:

Taft Law School, Juris Doctorate
The University of Kentucky, Doctor of Philosophy - Mass Communication
Cornell University, Bachelor of Arts - Government

Languages:

English, Spanish

Admitted to:

The State Bar of California
State of Maryland

Speaking Engagements:

War in Ukraine and Refugees: The State Department’s Role, Immigration Nerds Podcast, March 10, 2022

Title 42 : Border security, public opinion, and public health consistency, Immigration Nerds Podcast, May 23, 2022

Making a Good Impression on the Reviewing Officers: Practical Tips from Former USCIS and DOS Officials, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Community Involvement:

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) 2022-2023 DOS Liaison Committee