As more businesses require skilled professional and technical employees from throughout the world, experience is required to navigate the procedures relating to U.S. immigration laws. Attorneys within our Labor & Employment Practice Group have a proven track record in advising clients and obtaining visas in the most complex and time sensitive situations.
We believe that advance planning is critical to successful outcomes in immigration sponsorship and to avoiding issues related to compliance matters. As such, our attorneys routinely counsel clients on the long-range effects of today’s immigration-related decisions and develop practical strategies to overcome roadblocks for employee mobility. We understand the need to promptly obtain required authorizations and approvals to meet our clients’ goals and ensure the smooth transition of international personnel. At the same time, we offer foreign workers the information and guidance they need to comfortably make the transition to the U.S.
We are able to assist multi-national corporations seeking to employ or transfer international personnel to the U.S., help local and international organizations obtain the necessary visas for foreign professionals and specialty workers, and advise on recordkeeping and termination issues relating to foreign nationals. We represent companies and individuals in USCIS district offices and regional centers, the U.S. Department of Labor's alien certification units and U.S. embassies worldwide. Our attorneys often appear in U.S. Immigration Court, and we regularly defend employers against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) audits.
Immigration matters handled by our attorneys on predominately a fixed fee basis include:
• Conducting I-9 compliance and immigration compliance audits.
• Training employers on best practices regarding I-9 compliance and E-Verify employment verification requirements.
• Assessing and mitigating potential liability in due diligence matters.
• Representing companies against charges of employing undocumented workers or failing to comply with I-9 requirements.
• Advising employers on responses to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Notices of Inspection.
• Preparing petitions for the alphabet of non-immigrant visas.
• Preparation of immigrant visa (green card) petitions, applications for adjustment of status, and derivative applications.
• Preparing applications for naturalization.
• Consulting on and assisting with consular processing.
• Planning and directing recruitment to satisfy the requirements for labor certifications for the permanent employment of aliens.
• Creating health professional shortage areas (HPSA) formalities for Conrad 30 physician placements
• Preparing waivers for non-immigrant and immigrant visa applications, including hardship waiver.
• Defending individuals in removal proceedings in Immigration Court.