Practice and Industry Groups

Andrew W. Merrills

Shareholder Raleigh

Andrew Merrills is the Practice Group Lead for the firm's immigration group. He concentrates his practice in the areas of U.S. and worldwide business visas and employment-based immigration for multi-national corporations. He works with companies to obtain temporary and permanent work visas on behalf of graduates, new hires, and transferring employees. He also advises companies on employee documentation requirements, employer compliance and sanctions issues. Mr. Merrills performs investigations related to visa compliance related issues such as J-1, H-1B, and H-2B employer compliance. He possesses extensive experience in setting up appropriate employee hiring and permanent residency process strategies. He is a frequent lecturer on business immigration law topics before trade associations, industry groups and professional organizations. He has authored numerous immigration newsletters and various articles in professional publications.  Mr. Merrills was recognized as a Band 1, Leading Individual, Labor & Employment: Immigration in the Chambers USA*, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2007 through 2013 editions of The Client’s Guide.


Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association

Our Insights

The Impact of the President’s Executive Action Upon U.S. Employers

November 21, 2014

California’s New Anti-Retaliation Protections for Foreign Workers Effective January 2014

January 22, 2014

Heavy Demand Results in Untimely Retrogression for EB-2 India

January 22, 2014

Virginia’s Mandatory E-Verify Requirement Effective December 2013

January 22, 2014

Will the New E-Verify Security Enhancement Help or Hurt?

January 22, 2014

Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for FY 2015 Should Be Filed on March 31, 2014 to Be Received by USCIS on April 1, 2014

January 22, 2014

Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for FY 2015 Should Be Filed on March 31, 2014

December 02, 2013

DOJ and NLRB Agree to Cooperate in Investigating Labor and Immigration Law Violations

September 23, 2013

Justice Department Cautions Against Re-Verification of I-9 Documents by General Contractor

September 23, 2013

Justice Department Settles Two Immigration-Related Discrimination Claims

September 23, 2013

USCIS Seeking to Revise Form I-9 (Again)

September 23, 2013

L-1 Intracompany Transferees May Face New Challenges

September 23, 2013

DHS Report Signals New Challenges for L-1 Intracompany Transferees

September 03, 2013

Recent OCAHO Decision Reminds Employers to Complete Accurate and Timely I-9 Forms

July 15, 2013

Staggered Implementation of Georgia and North Carolina E-Verify Laws Completed on July 1

July 15, 2013

DOMA and Immigration: Practical Implications of the Supreme Court’s Decision

July 15, 2013

Significant Advancement of EB-2 India Cut-off Date

July 15, 2013

Sweeping Immigration Reform Bill Passes Senate

July 15, 2013

Senate Passes Comprehensive Immigration Reform

June 28, 2013

Supreme Court Decision on DOMA Should Provide Equal Access to Immigration Benefits

June 27, 2013

DHS Orders Verification of Foreign Student Visas in Wake of Boston Marathon Bombing

May 28, 2013

FY 2014 H-1B Cap Reached, Selection Lottery Conducted

April 30, 2013

Automated Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record to be Introduced in April 2013

April 30, 2013

Revised Form I-9 Effective March 8, 2013

April 30, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013—Update

April 29, 2013

Automated Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record to be Introduced in April 2013

April 09, 2013

FY 2014 H-1B Cap Reached, Selection Lottery Conducted

April 09, 2013

Immigration Reform—How Will Proposed Legislation Impact Employers?

April 05, 2013

Reminder: H-1B Fiscal Year 2014 Filing Season—Get Ready for April 1

March 11, 2013

DACA Program Raises Questions for Employers in the I-9 Process

March 11, 2013

Post-Election Immigration Reform - What’s At Issue?

March 11, 2013

Sequestration Likely to Affect Immigration Services

March 07, 2013

High-Skilled Immigration Reform Measure Promises Beneficial Changes

February 08, 2013

Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens May Soon Apply for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers in the United States

January 17, 2013

Post-Election Immigration Reform

January 17, 2013

USCIS Implements New Immigrant Fee Starting February 1, 2013

January 17, 2013

Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for FY 2014 Should Be Filed on March 29, 2013

January 17, 2013

Expansion of the Interview Waiver Program at U.S. Embassies and Consulates in India

January 17, 2013

Post-Election Immigration Reform—What’s At Issue?

January 01, 2013

DHS Announces Taiwan’s Admission into the Visa Waiver Program

November 01, 2012

New U.S.-Russia Visa Agreement Facilitates Travel for Business and Tourism

November 01, 2012

Reminder: Diversity Visa (“Green Card”) Lottery Deadline

November 01, 2012

State Immigration Law Updates: Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina

November 01, 2012

Stricter Scrutiny of Labor Certifications—Increase in Audits and Supervised Recruitment by the DOL

November 01, 2012

U.S. Consulates in India Implement New System Aimed at Rationalizing Nonimmigrant Visa Application Process

November 01, 2012

“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” Initiative Effective as of August 15, 2012

September 14, 2012

DOL Proposes Changes to Labor Condition Application and Related Forms

September 13, 2012

Employers Should Continue to Use Current Form I-9 After August 31, 2012

September 12, 2012

New Legislation Proposed to Help STEM Graduates Obtain Green Cards

July 09, 2012

Latest Round of ICE I-9 Inspection Notices Issued

July 09, 2012

FY 2013 H-1B Cap Reached

July 09, 2012

House of Representatives Passes the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act (H.R. 3012)

December 19, 2011

Discrimination Enforcement on the Rise

December 19, 2011

Fiscal Year 2012 H-1B Cap Exhausted

December 19, 2011

January 2012 Visa Bulletin: Continued Forward Movement in EB-2 India and China Priority Dates

December 19, 2011

Social Security No-Match Letters Halted

December 19, 2011

House of Representatives Passes the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act (H.R. 3012)

December 01, 2011

Update on H-1B Cap Count for Fiscal Year 2012

November 30, 2011

DOL Processing Times for Prevailing Wage Requests for PERM – Delays Continue

October 25, 2011

H-1B Cap Count: “Master’s Cap” Reached and New H-1B Visa Availability Almost Exhausted for Fiscal Year 2012

October 25, 2011

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Media

Media Quotes

May 27, 2015 - Law360 - "Q&A With Ogletree Deakins' Andrew Merrills"
July 31, 2012 - Inside Counsel - "Cheat Sheet: A Quick Guide To The American Stalemate On Immigration Policy"
July 31, 2012 - Inside Counsel - "How the immigration Policy Stalemate is Hurting Businesses and the Economy"

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