Inbound Visas and Permanent Residence
We handle the full range of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters, including the following:
H-1B Visas for temporary specialty workers:
Availability of this frequently used visa category is increasingly restricted, but with strategic thinking and advance planning, we work regularly with clients to obtain H-1B visas for their foreign national employees.
L-1A and L-1B Visas and Blanket L Petitions for intracompany transferees:
L-1 visas are a critical tool for multinational companies that transfer key personnel among affiliated entities. Our experience in this area is evidenced by our having recently filed approximately 500 L-1 visa extensions in a 12-week period on behalf of a single client, within budget and deadline constraints. We also have considerable experience filing L petitions under blanket programs and amending blanket petitions.
E-1 and E-2 Treaty Investor and Trader Visas:
For multinational companies that are majority-owned by nationals of countries with treaties with the United States, or listed on the stock exchange of those countries, the E visa may be the vehicle of choice for moving managers and essential personnel from those countries. Our team has worked on E visa registrations at most European consular posts and has processed many E visas at those posts.
O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visas for scientists, researchers, and others:
Advocacy, creativity, and organization are critical to the approval of these petitions, and we successfully file in this category on a regular basis.
There are several visa options to allow trainees to come to the United States, including the J-1, H-3, and B-1 (in lieu of H-3). These often-underutilized categories are important vehicles for companies with multinational facilities where workers require coordinated training at a centralized location in the United States. Consular processing of these visas is often complicated, requiring strong petitions, excellent relationships with embassy officials and a delicate balance between persistent follow-up and diplomatic advocacy.
TN-NAFTA Visas for Canadians and Mexicans:
We work on NAFTA visas on a regular basis and have excellent relationships with various border posts that review and adjudicate these applications.
H-2B Visas for temporary workers:
The H-2B visa is an excellent vehicle for individuals or groups that need to enter the United States to perform short-term specialized services. Our team handles H-2B visa applications regularly and is well-versed in each Department of Labor Regional Office’s procedure with respect to the temporary labor certification that is a prerequisite to these visa applications.
Consular processing of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas:
Obtaining visas at American consulates overseas is becoming increasingly difficult, time consuming and frustrating. Our experience, knowledge of local procedures, and resultant ability to anticipate problems before they arise are all important factors in our success in assisting clients with consular processing.
We can also help to secure permanent residence based on:
We have a national reputation for excellence in the preparation of successful PERM labor certifications. Attorneys on our team were deeply involved in comment-writing when the Department of Labor's PERM proposal first was issued. We are therefore intimately familiar with the nuances of the rule, and the Department of Labor guidelines and policies that have been issued since the PERM program was implemented. Our attorneys are regularly asked to speak and write on this topic by various bar groups.
Multinational managers and executives, extraordinary ability, outstanding researchers visas:
These “First Preference” immigrant visa petitions are a regular part of our practice. Moreover, we have an in-depth understanding of how each immigration service center views and adjudicates these cases.
National interest waiver:
Notwithstanding restrictions in this category in recent years, our team enjoys a high success rate for the applications that we file in this challenging area.