(originally published on the LaborLess blog)

I wrote a “2020 immigration tech update” back in August, where I largely covered the acquisition of TrackerCorp by Mitratech and a few other immigration technology announcements, thinking I would be done for the year. It was already one of the most exciting years in terms of the immigration tech industry.

Plus, we were in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, most borders were still largely closed (which meant there was much less immigration), and the global economy had taken a hit.

There was no way that 2020 was possibly going to bring more…

A year and a half ago, I wrote an article summarizing the growth of immigration tech companies after noticing that while so much was happening in the industry, no one was really looking at it in a comprehensive, celebratory way.

Well, it’s now the second half of 2020, and it’s time for another update because some big things have happened since early 2019. From bigger VC funding rounds to additional rebranding and even to a recent acquisition (which is always incredibly exciting!), immigration tech is still booming and, as I’ll explain below, is just getting started.

I’ll also share a…

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If you’re an immigration lawyer and you want to become the go-to person on LinkedIn for your specialty but you’re not sure where to start, hear me out… I think you actually have all the answers already.

The biggest thing holding most immigration professionals back from building a brand on LinkedIn is the fear of not being able to “come up with” good, fresh content to write about on a regular basis.

But here’s the thing — if you’re practicing, you are BY DEFAULT a walking content library! …

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As I was finishing up this article, President Trump fired off a tweet late night on 4/20/2020 stating that he was planning to sign an executive order temporarily halting all immigration into the US. No one knows what this means yet, but more importantly we need to focus on the “thereafter.”

2020 has not been an easy year by any stretch of the imagination, and as immigration attorneys and employers are holding their breath, waiting for details about this executive order to come out, we still need to plan for the future. …

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On Friday, March 20, 2020, The US Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) finally put out guidance on how immigration practitioners and employers hiring foreign nationals can and should deal with certain DOL-related processes and procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to this guidance, the immigration world was guessing, eventually following the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) guidance. I wrote about their guidance and everything we know about before DOL’s guidance here.

But now, we have official answers. DOL’s 3/20 guidance came in the form of a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document that presented specific questions…

I’ve been working from home for nearly three years now. It was definitely challenging at first, but over time I realized that’s because I was trying to listen to all the “best practices” out there around working from home, and it turns out many of them didn’t work for me.

Right now, with all the coronavirus craziness, people are putting out a lot of revamped “best practices” to work from home. …

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[3/19 UPDATE]. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) released their own Practice Alert entitled, “Fulfilling U.S. Department of Labor Notice Requirements During COVID-19 Outbreak” in which they state that the most conservative method of providing LCA notice right now is electronically. They note using a company intranet or direct email, which comes from 20 C.F.R. §655.734, but of course DOL published a follow-up memo to this last year on 3/15 specifically giving online, internet-based electronic LCA the go-ahead.

The world is facing a pandemic — the Coronavirus, or more properly known as COVID-19. According to the CDC, “this is an…

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If you use LinkedIn in any way, shape or form to grow your personal or professional brand (whether your own company or the company you work for), it’s important to have a solid “About” section.

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Almost one year after the US Department of Labor (DOL) published a memo providing guidance on electronic Labor Condition Application (LCA) posting, there are still a lot of H-1B petitioners posting hard copy LCA notices.

And more often than not, unfortunately, it’s because my fellow immigration lawyers have analysis paralysis.

In some cases they’re nervous about departing from a process that has always “worked,” even when that process is expensive, time consuming, and susceptible to human error.

In other cases they read way too much into the original LCA posting regulatory language (which is over two decades old and outdated…

Envoy Global, which launched way back in 1998 (originally called VISANOW, they rebranded in 2016), is paving the way in our sector.

I made a really tough choice when I decided to leave a stable career as an immigration lawyer to build my own immigration tech startup. Throughout that period of uncertainty, I looked to companies like Envoy Global for inspiration. “If they can do it, so can I,” I told myself.

Here’s why I think Envoy Global has been leading the charge.

First, it was one of the first, according to my research, to provide a joint immigration technology…

Roman Zelichenko

🦚Disrupting immigration & global mobility thru: ⚙️LCA compliance automation 🖍️Creative marketing 🎭Storytelling 💻Immigration tech. Find me on LinkedIn!

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