Virginia, US

Andrew is the managing partner of the firm’s Washington, DC office and a member of Fragomen's Executive Committee. Andrew advises U.S. and global organizations across industries on U.S. immigration and nationality law, regulation, policy and compliance. He counsels clients on visa/work permit matters and on the immigration consequences of M&A and other corporate reorganizations; I-9/E-Verify, H-1B/LCA and PERM compliance, including audit representation; and overall global immigration program management. He also advises international treaty organizations, their officers and employees, regarding the application and limitations of diplomatic privileges and immunities, related State Department law and policy, and U.S. work authorization and residency planning for G-4 visa holders and dependent family members. Andrew’s achievements in the immigration field have been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, the Legal Times, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers and the Legal 500.

In January 2014, Andrew was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve as the immigration law and policy expert on the Board of Directors of Brand USA, the public-private partnership established by Congress in 2010 to promote international travel and tourism to the United States. Secretary Penny Pritzker reappointed Andrew to the Board for another three-year term in January 2017. He currently serves as the Board’s Secretary, chair of the Board’s governance committee and member of the Board’s audit committee.

Andrew serves as pro bono counsel to Immigration Equality, where he represents same-sex, bi-national couples before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in connection with applications for U.S. residency. He was recognized by Immigration Equality with a 2016 Safe Haven Award “for excellence in pro bono representation.”

Education


George Washington University | J.D.
University of Pennsylvania | B.A., cum laude

Awards

Named to Best Lawyers in America, 2010 to 2018

Named to Who’s Who Legal, 2009 to 2018

Named to Chambers USA, 2011 to 2017

Named to Super Lawyers, 2010 to 2017

Listed in Washington’s Top Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine, 2011 to 2015

Named one of the 10 leading immigration lawyers in Washington, DC, Legal Times

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: New York, District of Columbia, Maryland

Board of Directors, The Corporation for Travel Promotion (Brand USA), Board Secretary, 2014-present

Law360 Editorial Advisory Board, Immigration, 2017

Board of Directors, Association for International Practical Training (AIPT), 2007-2010

American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington, DC chapter: Vice-Chair, 2001-2002; Treasurer, 2000-2001)

Partnered with a multinational financial management consulting firm with over 15,000 employees to establish a worldwide immigration program centrally managed from Washington, DC, with regional centers in Asia and Europe

Successfully represented a global professional services firm charged with citizenship status discrimination before the Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices (OSC)

Advised a large, global management consulting firm on the divestiture of its billion dollar commercial services business and assisted the new company in establishing an independent immigration program

Successfully represented a major U.S. university charged with H-1B Labor Condition Application (LCA) violations before the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and Office of Administrative Law Judges

Successfully represented a Fulbright Scholar seeking a hardship waiver of the two-year home residence requirement

Publications and Lectures

Contributor, “Attys Brace for More Scrutiny of H-1B Visa Applications.” Law360, 7 Feb. 2018. 

Author, “H-1B Visas: Limits and Alternatives.” Best Lawyers, 24 Jan. 2018.

Contributor, “The warring tribes that will decide Dreamers' fate.” Politico, 24 Jan. 2018.

Contributor, “Major Immigration Cases From 2017.Law360, 19 Dec. 2017.

Author, “New Immigration Regulation Establishes Grace Periods for Terminated Foreign Workers.Best Lawyers, 13 Nov. 2017.

Author, “Visa Alternatives To Consider When H-1B Isn't An Option.Law360, 9 Nov. 2017.

Contributor, “Trump Complicates DACA Negotiations With Latest Demands.” Law360, 10 Oct. 2017.

Contributor, “4 Things to Know About Trump’s New Travel Restrictions.” Law360, 25 Sept. 2017.

Contributor, “Employers Have Limited Options for Helping Dreamer Employees.” Society for Human Resource Management, 20 Sept. 2017.

Contributor, “DACA May Soon End; Is Your Workforce Affected?Bloomberg, 8 Sept. 2017.

Contributor, “RAISE Act Reduces Employer Role in Employment-Based Immigration.” Society for Human Resource Management, 11 Aug. 2017.

Contributor, “What Employers Should Know About The Raise Act.” Law360, 4 Aug. 2017.

Author, “New Immigration Regulation Implements the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act.” Corporate Counsel, 20 July 2017.

Contributor, “Immigration Policy To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2017.” Law360, 14 July 2017.

Author, “AC21 Series: New Ways for Nonprofits to Claim Exemption from Annual H-1B Quota.”  Society for Human Resource Management, 13 July 2017.

Author, “Welcome Changes For Cos. Hiring Foreign Talent: Part 3.” Law360, 13 July 2017.

Author, “Welcome Changes For Cos. Hiring Foreign Talent: Part 2.” Law360, 12 July 2017.

Author, “Welcome Changes For Cos. Hiring Foreign Talent: Part 1.” Law360, 11 July 2017.

Author, “AC21 Series: New Work Permit Created to Address ‘Compelling Circumstances.’”  Society for Human Resource Management, 29 June 2017.

Author, “AC21 Series: Hiring Candidates Already in Green Card Process with Another Employer.” Society for Human Resource Management, 16 June 2017.

Author, “AC21 Series: New Grace Period for Terminated H-1B Workers.” Society for Human Resource Management, 31 May 2017.

Contributor, “Immigration Enforcement Efforts Expected to Increase.” Society for Human Resource Management, 12 May 2017.

Contributor, “U.S. seeks curbs on use of entry-level H-1B programmers.” Computerworld, 6 April 2017.

Contributor, “H-1B Visas for Computer Programmers May Be Harder to Come By.” Society for Human Resource Management, 5 April 2017.

Contributor, “Trump’s new travel ban raises bar for legal challenges.” Hindustan Times and Jordan Times, Reuters, 7 March 2017.

Contributor, “Iran Keeps Ban on US Visitors.” Arab Times, 7 March 2017.

Contributor, “New migration decree signed Trump, will come into force on March 16.” USA.one, 7 March 2017.

Contributor, “Trump’s revised travel ban may still hurt tech.” Computerworld, 6 March 2017.

Contributor, “With Trump's new 'America first' focus, visas that bring tech workers, teachers to Texas become a target.” Dallas News, 17 Feb. 2017.

Contributor, “Trump Travel Ban Is a Wake-Up Call for Business.” The Wall Street Journal, 1 Feb. 2017.

Contributor, “How Hard Will Trump’s Immigration Order Hit Businesses?Bloomberg BNA, 31 Jan. 2017.

Author, “An Expansion of H-1B Quota Exemptions for Nonprofits.” Law360, 18 Jan. 2017.

Contributor, “Gaps in Melania Trump's immigration story raise questions.” Politico, 4 Aug. 2016.

Co-author, “Structuring the Role of the Paralegal: Tools, Training and Supervision.” Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition.

Speaker, “Staying Current: US Immigration for Corporate HR.” Seminar, Virginia State SHRM, McLean, VA, October 2007.

Speaker, “Immigration Issues for the International Business Traveler.” Seminar, Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA), Washington, DC, October 2006.

Author, “Summary Outlines of the E and L Visa Categories.” American Law Institute – American Bar Association, Course of Study Materials, May 2006.

Speaker, “H-1B Issues and Current Developments.” Seminar series, Immigration Law Weekly – ILW.com, New York, NY, March 1, 2003.

Author, “Summary Outlines of the E and L Visa Categories.” American Law Institute – American Bar Association, Course of Study Materials, April 2002.