Eliot Norman has focused his practice on immigration law and advising on inbound U.S. investment projects from Europe and Asia since 1986. He regularly advises technology, staffing, manufacturing, and multinational corporations on recruiting and retaining global talent. As a former federal prosecutor, he counsels on compliance with I-9 rules and Homeland Security enforcement measures.
He also enjoys helping movie producers move cast and crew around the world. His experience includes transfers of executives, manufacturers and specialists to U.S. operations and solving security and visa problems impacting business travel and visa issuance. He also advises on EB-5 projects to help companies raise capital and to help investors obtain Green Cards.
Eliot has lectured widely on immigration, foreign investment and background/security check issues for industry and bar groups in the U.S., including the European American Chamber of Commerce (Paris, France), the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the Software Industry & Information Association, the Association of Film Commissioners International and the French American Chambers of Commerce.
In addition, he is the author of numerous works on business and immigration issues, including growth opportunities for international companies under the U.S. Stimulus Act. Articles by him have appeared in the Washington Business Journal, the Virginia Manufacturers Association Magazine and Japanese Venture Capital Forum.
In addition, Eliot is an author of the chapter on employment and immigration law in “S’Implanter aux Etats Unis” (Invest in the United States), published in 2009 by Ubifrance, the French Government Economic Development Agency.
Government Service: Honors Program, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice; Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Eliot is licensed to practice in Maryland and Virginia. He is a member of the American and Virginia bar associations, as well as the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Governor Timothy M. Kaine appointed him in 2007 to serve on the Virginia Commission on Immigration.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School, cum laude.
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