Business Immigration & Compliance
Today’s global economy creates significant competition for the most talented workforce available. Now more than ever, key employees and their families are transferred to the lucrative U.S. market to perform a variety of business activities. U.S. employers of all sizes and sectors risk civil and criminal fines and other penalties if they do not comply with immigration laws at the federal, state, and local government levels, including stringent U.S. export control laws.
We do not simply process immigration visas for our business clients. We assist clients by advising on structuring the establishment of new business entities in the U.S., providing merger and acquisition due diligence support to identify and address immigration compliance issues in the transaction, and counseling U.S. Government contractors on E-Verify requirements under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).
Our experience with U.S. export control laws means clients and their immigration counsel rely on us for advice on compliance with both export control laws and U.S. anti-discrimination laws in the recruiting and hiring stages, as well as advising on “deemed export” licensing issues, a growing concern of any organization involved with the transfer of technology to foreign national employees in the U.S. or foreign subsidiaries and affiliate companies.
Our firm’s Business Immigration & Compliance practice concentrates on representing and advising U.S. and foreign businesses, foreign investors, non-profits, universities and the professionals they employ. Our firm, acting directly and as co-counsel with immigration counsel, has assisted clients in a variety of immigration matters including employment-based visas for professionals, investors, researchers, professional athletes, and their dependents. Our clients most often use the following visa categories:
- L-1 – Intracompany transfers, used to establish operations in the U.S. or transfer to a related U.S. entity
- H-1B – Professional/specialty workers, used by companies to meet hiring requirements to fill positions with qualified foreign nationals possessing unique skills and expertise
- E – Traders and investors from designated countries, used by companies and individuals whose business involves international trade with the U.S. or those investing in or managing a U.S. business
- TN – Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), used to hire professionals from Canada and Mexico
- O – Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics
- P – Entertainers and athletes, used for those who may not meet the “extraordinary ability” requirement of an O visa
- B-1 – Business visitor, used to conduct specific business activities in the U.S. such as negotiating a contract, conducting due diligence, meeting with business associates, or attending scientific, educational, professional or business conferences
- J – Interns and Trainees, used by companies wishing to bring foreign nationals to the U.S. for up to 18 months for practical learning and training purposes