Virginia, US

Ferris is an Assistant Manager in Fragomen's Singapore office, where he provides immigration and process compliance services to clients in the Asia Pacific region. While he focuses his work on some of Asia Pacific's most challenging jurisdictions such as Indonesia and Myanmar, Ferris also has experience handling Malaysia, Brunei and Fiji immigration matters.

Ferris assists corporate clients from a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, information technology, engineering, energy, financial and healthcare, in navigating the complex immigration processes of emerging markets, and he provides clients with customized and practical solutions within the framework of each jurisdiction. He oversees and provides guidance to a team of consultants, and works closely with Local Advisors in each jurisdiction in order to secure visas, work permits and stay permits for inbound applicants. Ferris also is actively involved in conflict resolution and managing relationships to ensure that client needs are met.

Ferris speaks English, Mandarin Chinese and French.

Education


National University of Singapore | Bachelor of Engineering, 2012, honors

Worked with large multinational clients and fast-growing start-ups to manage compliance and secure all necessary immigration permits for their employees.

Identified changes in immigration policy within emerging markets such as Indonesia and Myanmar, and assisted in drafting and reviewing the corresponding global alert and client impact statements.

Assisted clients with several ad hoc audits and inspections by relevant authorities, and worked with Local Advisors to negotiate discretionary demands or potential penalties.

Devised customized strategies and solutions for frequent business travelers to Indonesia and Myanmar, in tandem with the firm's proprietary Business Visa Matrix tool.

Advised on practical and compliant immigration solutions for both short-term and long-term assignments and projects, merger and acquisition transactions and corporate restructuring.

Publications and Lectures

Panelist, “Risky Business - Business Traveler Compliance.” Panel discussion, Fragomen APAC Immigration in Focus, Singapore, October 26, 2016.

Speaker, “Immigration Trends and Changes in Indonesia.” Seminar, Fragomen Singapore Office Open House, Singapore, November 25, 2015.

Author, “The New Indonesian Short Term Work Permit and Other Notable Changes.” Fragomen Asia Pacific Immigration Newsletter, May 2014: n. pag. Web.