Overview

Loan chairs Fredrikson’s Immigration Group and also leads its I⁠⁠­–⁠⁠9 audit and corporate immigration compliance and H⁠⁠­–⁠⁠2 temporary workers practice areas. 

Loan focuses on employment⁠­–⁠⁠based immigration, corporate immigration compliance and global mobility solutions for employers, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to mid⁠­–⁠⁠size companies, health systems, entrepreneurs/investors, and family⁠­–⁠⁠owned farms by developing practical immigration policy and strategies to meet their global mobility and immigration goals. This includes drafting corporate immigration policies; counseling on I⁠⁠­–⁠⁠9 / E⁠⁠⁠­–⁠⁠Verify policy and procedures; defending employers in civil and criminal worksite enforcement actions; and conducting immigration due diligence in mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Loan has extensive experience in advising clients in the agricultural, hospitality, food processing, life sciences, biotechnology, energy, healthcare (healthcare systems, hospitals and individual physicians), software and other high⁠­–⁠⁠tech sectors, financial services and manufacturing industries. She partners with her clients in finding creative work visa solutions to meet their labor force needs including the use of the H⁠­–⁠⁠1B for specialty occupations, L⁠⁠­–⁠⁠⁠⁠1 intra⁠­–⁠⁠company visas for multinational employees, E⁠⁠­–⁠⁠1⁠­–⁠⁠2 investor / trader visas, B1/H⁠­–⁠⁠3/J⁠­–⁠⁠1 trainee visas, and temporary H⁠⁠­–⁠⁠A agricultural and H⁠⁠­–⁠⁠B temporary nonagricultural visas.

Loan is also a frequent speaker at national conferences and has written extensively on immigration issues. She is a member of the Board of Advocates for Human Rights and is currently a member of the national American Immigration Lawyer’s Associations DOL Liaison Committee (she served as H⁠⁠­–⁠⁠⁠⁠2 Vice Chair from 2015⁠­–⁠⁠2019). She also serves on Fredrikson’s Inclusion & Diversity Committee.

Services

Experience

  • Drafts corporate immigration policy and compliance programs, including setting up immigration service models and processes for a Fortune 500 company.
  • Represents companies of varying sizes in I⁠­–⁠⁠9 audits before the Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigation on I⁠­–⁠⁠9 audits and compliance, employer sanctions, E⁠­–⁠⁠Verify and in ICE/DOL investigations.
  • Assists Fortune 500 company and small businesses on how to navigate the H⁠­–⁠⁠2B temporary non⁠­–⁠⁠agriculture visa program to meet their seasonal and/or peak load labor needs.
  • Advises and represents healthcare systems, hospitals and individual physicians on waivers (Conrad, Hardship and Interested Government Agencies), nonimmigrant visas and lawful permanent options for physicians and other health care workers.
  • Advises and strategizes with multi⁠­–⁠⁠national companies on global immigration options for international workforce.

Credentials

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1995
  • University of Houston, B.A., Political Science & History, 1992, summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2002
  • Texas, 1995
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2007

Languages

Recognition

  • Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration, 2023
  • Who's Who Legal: Thought LeadersCorporate Immigration 2020, 2022
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Minnesota – Immigration, 2022
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award, Minnesota Lawyer, 2021
  • Best Lawyers' Immigration Law Lawyer of the Year in Minneapolis, 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Immigration Law, 2020-present
  • Lawyers of Color, Nation's Best List, 2019
  • Hennepin County Bar Association's Excellence Award, 2019
  • The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, 2010, 2012, 2013
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2013
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2012, 2017-2019
  • Top 40 Under 40, The Business Journal, 2002

Civic & Professional

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Texas State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member
  • AILA: MN/Dakotas Chapter Chair, 2005-2006
  • AILA: Global Migration Section, Member
  • AILA: DOL Liaison Committee, H-2 Vice Chair, 2016-2019
  • AILA: DOL Liaison Committee, 2015-2016
  • AILA: NationalUSCIS Policy Liaison Committee, 2006
  • AILA: NationalEssential Workers Committee, 2006
  • AILA: NationalNebraska Service Center Liaison Committee, 2007 and 2009
  • AILA: NationalBenefits Committee, 2010-2011
  • AILA: Office of Field Operations Liaison Committee, 2010-2011
  • American Immigration Council, Board of Directors
  • The Advocates for Human Rights, Refugee & Immigrant Program, Board of Directors, Steering Committee, 1999-present
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), 2008-present
  • MN Asian and Asian-Pacific Bar Association (MNAPABA), Co-Chair of Women’s Committee
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Fellow, 2016
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Professional Development Committee, 2010-2013
  • Society for Human Resource Management, 2010-present
  • International Women’s Forum, Member

Community

  • YWCATwin Cities and Advocates for Human Rights, Former Board Member
  • Advocates for Human Rights, Board Member, 2011-2022, Pro Bono Counsel, 2023
  • AILA National, H-2 Interest Group Co-Leader
  • Twin Cities’ Diversity in Practice, Professional Development Committee, 2009-2012

News & Insights

Publications & Presentations

Speaker, Roving and Third-Party Placement Workers: Obligations for Both Petitioner and Clients, AILA, November 17, 2022

Moderator, AILA MN/Dakotas, H-2B Webinar, Minneapolis MN, November 16, 2022

Co-Speaker, International Physicians: A Guide to Expanding Healthcare Access, AAPPR, Minneapolis MN, August 2022

Presenter, The Basics and Best Practices of I-9 Compliance, Minnesota CLE's 2022 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute Webcast, July 6, 2022

Co-Presenter, Opportunities for H-2B Visas for Seasonal/Short Term Positions: Beyond Hospitality and Leisure Occupations, AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law, June 17, 2022

Co-Presenter, Consults, Issue Spotting and Dual Representation, AILA Upper Midwest Conference, May 20, 2022

Co-Presenter, Become An IMG Superstar…Making Immigration Work in Your IMG Recruitments, 2022 AAPPR Annual Conference, April 25, 2022

Speaker/Attorney, Advocates for Human Rights Pro Bono Asylum Clinic, Minneapolis MN, March 24, 2022

Co-Presenter, Immigration: A Review of the Biden Administration’s First Year and 2022 Trends, Fredrikson & Byron Immigration Webinar, January 18, 2022

Co-Speaker, What Are We So Afraid Of?, AILA Ohio Chapter Conference, H-2A /H-2B Practice Webinar, December 3, 2021

Co-speaker, AILA, What on Earth is the Wage?  The State of Play on Prevailing Wages, Webinar, August 26, 2021

Co-Presenter, Immigration Under the Biden Administration for Healthcare Providers/Systems, Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar Series, March 10, 2021

Co-Presenter, What Do the 2020 Election Results Mean for U.S. Immigration?, Fredrikson & Byron Immigration Webinar, November 17, 2020

Co-Author, Charting a Pathway to Immigrant Status for PGY-2 Residents: A Primer on Immigration from the American College of Physicians, ACP Website, December 2019

Co-Presenter, The H-2B and H-2A Temporary Work Visa Programs: Updates and Trends for the 2020 Filing Season, Fredrikson & Byron Immigration Webinar, October 23, 2019

Co-Presenter, Play Offense: Be Prepared for I-9 Audit/Enforcement Trends and the SSA No Match Letters, Fredrikson & Byron Immigration Webinar, August 27, 2019

Co-Presenter, The New Normal for Business Immigration Under ‘Hire American,’ Fredrikson & Byron Immigration Seminar, May 8, 2019

Quoted in “Reform Needed for Lasting H-2B Shortage Relief, Attys Say,” Law360, March 5, 2019

Presenter, H-2A and H-2B Work Visas: Trends and Immigration Compliance, Northern Green, January 17, 2019

Quoted in “Attys Prepare Employers For Increased H-2B Visa Audits,” Law360, December 19, 2018

Co-Presenter, A 360 ViewHiring and Work Visa Strategies for Foreign Nationals, Human Resources Association of North Iowa (HRANI) Employment Law Conference, November 13, 2018

Co-Presenter, Immigration Issues for Employers Under the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, Fredrikson & Byron’s 34th Annual Employment & Labor Law Seminar, November 1, 2018

Co-Presenter, Immigration Issues for Employers Under the Buy American and Hire American (BAHA) Executive Order, Fredrikson & Byron’s Annual North Dakota Employment Law Seminars, October 18-19, 2018

Quoted in "More H-2B Visas for Seasonal Work Available This Summer," Society for Human Resource Management, June 1, 2018

Presenter, Anatomy of an I-9 Audit, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 21-22, 2018

Co-Presenter, What Now? What Next? Hiring Foreign Nationals in Uncertain Times, Fredrikson & Byron Immigration Seminar, May 9, 2018

Co-Presenter, Employer Immigration Update, Fredrikson & Byron’s 33rd Annual Employment & Labor Law Seminar, November 3, 2017

“The H-2B Work Visa: Tips for H-2B Filings in 2018 and Program Updates,” MNLA Biz, September 2017

Quoted in "Trepidation in the Heartland," Twin Cities Business, August 2017

Quoted in "H-2B Visas And The Making Of An 'Ultra Vires' Regulation," Law360, July 25, 2017

Quoted in "DHS Grants Additional 15,000 H-2B Visas," Society for Human Resource Management, July 19, 2017

Co-Presenter, Employment Immigration Update, Fredrikson & Byron Webinar, March 13, 2017

Co-Presenter, Turning Immigration into a Powerful Physician Recruitment Tool, Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar, February 8, 2017

Co-Presenter, The New Form I-9: Tips for Completion, Compliance and Audits, Fredrikson & Byron Webinar, January 24, 2017

Worksite Enforcement, Compliance and Employer Rights, Fredrikson & Byron’s Immigration Podcast, January 2017

Co-Presenter, Work Visa Options and Immigration Trends, Fredrikson & Byron’s 32nd Annual Employment & Labor Law Seminar, October 26, 2016

Speaker, Working With Foreign Nationals: Employment Sponsorship, Immigration Compliance and Community Integration, Fredrikson & Byron Immigration Seminar, Minneapolis, MN, September 22, 2016

Co-Author with Ashley J. Roth, “Employment-Based Visas: An Overview,” Immigration Practice Deskbook, 2015, 1st Edition, Edited by Nelson L Peralta

Speaker, Employment-Based Options for Beginners, AILA National Conference, Washington, D.C., 2015

Co-Presenter, Hiring and Work Visa Strategies for Foreign Nationals, Fredrikson & Byron’s Annual North Dakota Employment Law Seminars, October 15-16, 2015

Presenter, Navigating the Immigration Landscape: A Guide for Employers, Fredrikson & Byron Immigration Seminar, May 5, 2015

Co-Presenter, I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification and Compliance, Fredrikson & Byron’s Annual Employment Law Seminar, Fargo and Bismarck, ND, October 16-17, 2014

Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” Minnesota’s Journal of Human Resource Management’s Employee Benefits Planner, Third Quarter 2014

Quoted in “Fines for I-9 Errors on the Rise,” by Scott Wooldridge, benefitspro, June 10, 2014

Speaker, EB Immigration: Can You Get There From Here, AILA Upper Midwest Regional Conference, St. Paul MN, May 9, 2014

Speaker/Panel Member, Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs, AILA Chicago Chapter Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago IL, March 14, 2014

Speaker, H1Bs, AILA Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter, Minneapolis MN, February 20, 2014

Speaker, Preparing for the ICE Storms and Worker Shortages in 2014: Immigration Worksite (I-9) Investigations and  Immigration Compliance, North Dakota Agriculture Trade Show, Minot ND, January 29-30, 2014

Co-Author with Laura J. Danielson, “Don’t Wait for ICE to Knock on the Door: A Practical Guide to Preparing Employers for I-9 Compliance/Audits and Worksite Investigations (With Supplements: Sample Proposed I-9 Policy and Procedures, Form I-9 Verification Procedures-Guidelines For Employers, and Checklist For I-9 Audit And Correction Guidelines),” chapter in The Immigration Compliance Book 2009-2010 Edition, Editors: Angelo A. Paparelli, L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens, and Dan Siciliano. Copyrighted by ILW.COM

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