Originally hailing from Minnesota, Eric Sustad focuses his practice on counseling talented individuals on their journey to the United States. Eric has extensive experience working with individuals and companies from the high-tech, financial, hospitality, biotech, and banking sectors, customizing immigration programs designed to suit their particular needs.
Eric’s friendly and engaging manner make him a highly-approachable lawyer and alleviate client anxieties about confusing and sometimes frustrating immigration processes. He anticipates his client’s needs and goals and works proactively to help them meet them. He understands the importance of responsive and clear communication. Eric’s prior background in journalism and hospitality gives him unique insight into the importance of personal relationships in business. Experienced in both large-firm practice and as a solo practitioner, he offers a bespoke approach to his client’s immigration issues.
He has long experience with family-based immigration as well, procuring green cards for spouses and other family members. His family-based immigration experience includes extensive work with Adjustment of Status applications, as well as Waivers of Inadmissibility. A proud ally of the LGBTQ community, Eric counseled some of the first couples in Minnesota to petition for immigration benefits after the state recognized same-sex marriage in August 2013. As part of his pro bono activities, Eric continues to work with individuals seeking asylum in the United States, as well as defending foreign nationals from removal proceedings in immigration court (EOIR).
Eric has spoken and published on immigration issues, lecturing at seminars in Minneapolis and Washington, DC. He has been admitted to practice in Minnesota since 2008 and a member of AILA since 2010. He speaks Spanish and French fluently, and Portuguese and Italian conversationally. Prior to graduate school, Eric’s academic background was in Linguistics, Journalism, and Piano Performance.
I am not a member of the District of Columbia Bar. I am a member of the Minnesota bar and my practice is limited to representation before federal agencies consistent with D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 49(c)(2).