Author Archives: Erik Anderson

About Erik Anderson

Erik Anderson is a Partner at Goel & Anderson, where he directs the firm's Immigrant Visa Practice, overseeing the development of case strategies to address the recruitment and transfer of human resources in the United States and overseas. In this role he manages the visa and work permit needs of international professionals, managers, and executives. He also supervises the firm staff members who handle "green card" cases for employers across the country, particularly in the Information Technology, Biotech, Insurance, Healthcare, Food and Beverage, Media, and Entertainment industries. These include labor certifications, immigrant petitions, adjustment of status, and consular processing. Erik also directs the firm's individual and family-based immigration practice areas. Prior to entering private practice, Erik was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Board of Alien Labor Certification at the U.S. Department of Labor, and today he routinely handles matters before that agency, as well as United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Department of State, and nearly every state workforce agency in the United States.

The Great Overseas Jobs Creator

A US Chamber of Commerce sponsored event early this year underscored the visa challenges facing multinational giants.  Companies described their L-1 intracompany visa woes to USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas, reporting that they do not have the needed flexibility to deploy professional resources to the US for various projects, whether in the manufacturing sector or the information technology arena.  The bottom … more

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The DOL Prevailing Wage Fiasco: Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right

It’s been a tough year for the U.S. Department of Labor’s prevailing wage program. Federal District Court Judge Louis Pollak invalidated two regulatory provisions governing the calculation of wages that employers must pay to foreign H-2B workers. DOL was instructed to promulgate new regulations by December 28, 2010. The Agency thereafter sought to delay the inevitable and requested additional time … more

Filed Under: Department of Labor, EB-2, EB-3, Green Card, I-140, I-485 Adjustment of Status, PERM, Prevailing Wages, Priority Dates, Visa Bulletin | Comments Off on The DOL Prevailing Wage Fiasco: Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right

With EB-2 and EB-3 Priority Dates Improving Slowly, Alternative Solutions Merit Consideration

The June 2011 Visa Bulletin reinforces uncertainty, and perhaps disappointment, for Indian and Chinese nationals in the EB-2 classification.  Despite the “extra” visas intended to spill into these categories, the improvement in visa cutoff dates is moderate – ten weeks for China and fifteen for India. The EB-2 dates have not improved as much as anticipated and might not do so … more

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India EB-2 Priority Dates: Congress Holds the Key to Continued Improvement

The recent India EB-2 priority date improvement announced in the May 2011 Visa Bulletin has sparked speculation regarding continued progress with the category.  Pressure is mounting on employers to file (or “re-file”) cases for employees in the EB-2 category in hopes that fresh EB-2 cases will lift their EB-3 applications from the unthinkable backlogs they’ve faced for years.  But is … more

Filed Under: Department of State, EB-2, EB-3, Green Card, H-1B Visas, Immigration Reform, Priority Dates, U.S. Embassies and Consulates, USCIS, Visa Bulletin | 20 Comments