The Role of Technology in Immigration Law

SESO INC is innovating within legal-tech by automating the H-2A visa, an uncapped visa that allows employers to bring in foreign workers for seasonal, agricultural labor. This visa has grown 300% in the last few years and will continue to grow because of demographic trends and a strong U.S labor market. In addition to visa automation, SESO is building labor management software to help employers stay compliant with laws around managing non-immigrant visa workers. In the process of starting SESO INC, I met with dozens of immigration lawyers, non-immigrant visa employers, and entrepreneurs working in legal tech and immigration tech. I’ve discovered there is a strong belief among stakeholders that immigration law practices are changing at a dramatic pace. Established companies such as LawLogix and Intrax, as well as startups such as LegalPad, SESO, and Boundless are building technology to automate traditional legal tasks such as visa applications, green card applications, labor law compliance, etc. These changes will affect the way legal professionals interact with clients, bill clients, and manage their organizations.

I will research the role of technology in immigration law, interviewing entrepreneurs in legal/immigration tech as well as immigration lawyers.

Project Lead: Michael Guirguis

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