Erik Anderson

Partner


Erik Anderson directs our 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 provides strategic immigration planning to clients in the information technology, telecommunications, biotech, insurance and finance, healthcare, maritime, food and beverage and entertainment industries. He also directs the firm's nonimmigrant and immigrant (EB-5) investor visa programs, as well as our individual and family-based immigration practice areas.

Erik's innovative and progressive techniques have enabled clients to effectively develop cost-effective, long term strategies to secure and retain talented resources in the United States and abroad. To this end, Erik has successfully developed strategies to avoid recent obstacles and cost increases associated with temporary business-based visa categories. These strategies have simultaneously reduced overhead and increased employee retention for multinational organizations.

Erik is an active speaker on strategic immigration planning, providing lectures to employers, employees and industry groups. He is also a frequent author of work ranging from legal guides to articles, amicus briefs and regular contributions to the firm's blog, The Immigration Channel. He is also an experienced consultant to government contractors.

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 and the U.S. Department of State.

Erik is active in his community as a tutor to elementary students and a youth baseball coach. He also holds a U.S. Coast Guard 50 Ton Master License.

Representative Areas of Practice

  • Employment-based Permanent Residency
  • Labor Certification through PERM
  • Immigrant Visas for Multinational Managers and Executives
  • Immigrant Visas for Aliens of Extraordinary Ability
  • Immigrant Visas for Outstanding Researchers and Professors
  • EB-5 Investor Visas
  • Individual and Family-Based Matters
  • Nonimmigrant Visas
  • Corporate Immigration Compliance
  • Consular Practice
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Government Contracts and Consulting
  • Schedule A Immigrant Petitions for Health Care Workers
  • Litigation

Representative Cases

  • Secured reversal of USCIS revocation of an already approved I-140 Immigrant Visa Petition filed on behalf of a large multinational corporation for a key business development manager.
  • Successfully petitioned USCIS for an EB-1 extraordinary ability alien petition for a business executive in lieu of a multinational manager petition.
  • Obtained an O-1 visa for an international radio personality on behalf of a television and radio broadcast giant.
  • Obtained a National Interest Waiver (NIW) for a business development manager for a defense contractor.
  • Secured reversal of USCIS denial of an EB-1 multinational manager petition on behalf of a large multinational corporation.
  • Reversed several I-140 Immigrant Visa denials for a corporate client whose prior counsel filed USCIS filing fee checks with insufficient funds.
  • Reversed PERM denials for employer whose recruitment was deemed inadequate by the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Successfully filed EB-1 Outstanding Researcher petition for Land Information Systems Software (LIS) developer.
  • Successfully secured E-2 Investor Visa for Canadian chef who opened a U.S. restaurant.
  • Secured termination of removal proceeding for information technology (IT) professional. 

Professional Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Law Practice Management Section
    • Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Technology Association of America
    • Immigration Policy Committee
  • Worldwide ERC

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Education

  • J.D., The American University, Washington College of Law, 1993
  • B.A., Government and Politics, Fairfield University, 1990

Judicial Clerkship

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable John M. Vittone (ret.), Chief Judge, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges, Washington, D.C.