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Immigration

Overview

As an integral part of International Business and the Employment Group, the attorneys in the immigration practice are well versed in all aspects of business-related U.S. immigration and visa law. Our immigration attorneys have more than 40 years collective experience representing international and domestic companies, universities and nonprofit organizations before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, the Department of Labor and the Department of Justice.

Our immigration clients include multinational, foreign and domestic corporations based throughout the world in a wide variety of industry sectors including manufacturing, telecommunications, biomedical, health care, software development, ecommerce, retail and financial services.

We work closely with clients to obtain temporary work visas, permanent residence (green cards), and U.S. citizenship for employees and family members. We advise companies on I-9 employment verification and compliance laws, as well as the immigration consequences of corporate mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

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We work closely with clients to understand their businesses, goals and structures in order to obtain temporary work visas, U.S. permanent residence status and U.S. citizenship for their key personnel, while effectively and efficiently navigating the constantly changing immigration laws and procedures. We can respond rapidly, effectively and creatively to a broad array of immigration issues or problems.

We also counsel a number of private and public companies regarding the immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions on their employees in nonimmigrant status or pursuing permanent residency. For companies which are heavily engaged in mergers and acquisition activity, this is a critical aspect which is often overlooked, but which is vitally important to preserving the status of foreign employees.

Working with a dedicated and experienced paralegal staff, our immigration attorneys have successfully handled a variety of matters such as:


Temporary Work Visas

  • L-1A and L-1B executive, manager and specialized knowledge intracompany transferee visas
  • Blanket L petitions
  • E-1 and E-2 treaty trader and treaty investor corporate registrations and visas for executive, manager and essential skilled employees for companies from countries such as Germany, France, the U.K., Sweden, Denmark, Mexico, Canada and Japan
  • E-3 Australian temporary work visas
  • H-1B temporary professional work visas, for businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, hospitals and medical providers
  • H1-B1 temporary professional work visas under the U.S./Chilean trade agreement and the U.S./Singapore trade agreement
  • TN temporary NAFTA professionals from Canada and Mexico
  • O extraordinary alien visas for professors, researchers, scientists, entertainers and athletes
  • P athletes or entertainers coming with a group
  • H-3 employee training visas
  • J-1 exchange aliens coming for training or business exchange
  • B-1 business visitors coming for meetings, training or employment, when employed by foreign entity
  • R-1 religious worker visas

Permanent Residence Cases

  • EB-1 immigrant petitions/applications for intracompany managers and executives
  • EB-1 immigrant petitions/applications for outstanding researchers and professors at companies, nonprofits and universities
  • EB-1 immigrant petitions/applications for extraordinary aliens in business, science, education and the arts (both sponsored and self-sponsored)
  • EB-2 immigrant petitions/applications for advanced degreed professionals in the U.S. national interest (both sponsored and self-sponsored), including physicians
  • EB-2 immigrant petitions/applications for advanced degreed professionals through labor certification (both pre- and post-PERM)
  • EB-3 professional and skilled workers through labor certification (both pre- and post-PERM)
  • EB-2 and 3 professional registered nurses (RNs) and physical therapists (PTs) through Schedule A Blanket labor certification
  • EB-4 religious workers and ministers
  • EB-5 immigrant investors
  • DV Diversity Lottery winners
  • Family immigrant visas through marriage, as fiancés/fiancées (K-1 or K-3), parents and other family categories

Other Matters

  • U.S. citizenship (naturalization), including for spouses of U.S. citizens and spouses of U.S. citizens employed abroad
  • Preservation of residence for citizenship purposes for employees of U.S. companies assigned abroad
  • Reentry permits to preserve U.S. permanent resident status
  • Waivers of the two-year (J-1) home country requirement
  • Appeals to the U.S. CIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
  • Representation regarding I-9 (employment verification documentation) audits, unauthorized employment investigations and immigration discrimination cases before the DOJ Office of Special Counsel

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