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John Robert Egan
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Attorney concentrating in Immigration Law. Interested in migration and mobility issues for high-skilled workers and executives. Also interested in policy issues related to immigration and tech sector development and entrepreneurship.
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Attorney and educator, I worked for five years teaching Immigration Law and Humanitarian Law at UH Manoa. Now returning to private practice, I am interested in the matrix where higher education, the tech sector, entrepreneurship and migration interact. I have met many international students who would have liked to stay in Hawaii and work after graduation, but did not manage to overcome the bureaucratic obstacles. I think it is in our Island economy's best interest to lower the barriers to high skilled, entrepreneurial in-migration.
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H-1B Visas: Large firms exploit visa system flaw, exclude start-ups and small firms

The H-1B visa is commonly known as the Professional Worker's Visa and has been heavily used in the finance and tech industries as a tool for recruiting top international talent into information technology, software engineering and other specialized jobs in the information economy. A recent article in the New York Times, headlined "Large…


Posted on November 11, 2015 at 4:27pm

Our Immigration System Sucks – Is There a Tech Fix?

Sooner or later, everyone who is in the tech field for the long run bumps up against the U.S. immigration system. The tech talent pool is global, our engineering schools have plenty of international grads looking to be placed into U.S. jobs, and smart international investors are looking for U.S. tech entrepreneurs to back. And the unanimous reaction to the immigration encounter is “the U.S. immigration system really sucks!”

A …


Posted on August 7, 2015 at 10:19am

Annual “Tech Visa” lottery leaves half of applicants disappointed

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service ran its annual selection process to distribute the quota of 85,000 high-skilled worker visas among over 172,000 applicants in April.  Tech firms who rely on the H-1B visa category are finding this bottleneck in the labor market increasingly difficult to manage and appear to be developing strategies for…


Posted on May 13, 2014 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Indian Tech Giant Pays $34 Million in Visa Fraud Case

Infosys, the large multi-national technology services company based in India, has agreed to pay $34 million dollars to settle charges that it mis-used the U.S. visa system in hiring and deploying foreign technology workers in the United States. The New York Times reports that this is the largest ever…


Posted on October 30, 2013 at 1:34pm

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At 9:30pm on March 20, 2011, Marcus Sortijas said…

Hi John,


Thanks for the comment!  Really made me feel welcome here at TechHui.  I'm particularly interested in your writing about the StartUp Visa. 

Slowly, I'm beginning to realize that world governments are competing for the top talent.  It's not just companies anymore.


The Ontario provincial government in Canada offers to reimburse 50% of staff salaries.  The Singapore offers an incredible 4-for-1 matching scheme: for every $1 in venture capital an entrepreneur raises, the government will give them $4. More directly, the UK beat the US to offering a startup visa.


NBC Nightly News did a report on this topic: Why Silicon Valley immigrant entrepreneurs are heading home


Look forward to reading your future posts on this topic.







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