Immigration

     
       

Overview

Immigration law is fairly characterized as a labyrinth of hyper-technical, often ambiguous, ever-changing statutes and regulations. Baffling for foreign nationals and the petitioners who sponsor them, it requires deft interpretation of a wide variety of federal laws and regulations, familiarity with various policy considerations and careful prioritization of finite resources. Because U.S. immigration law is continually in flux, it creates uncertainty and insecurity among employers who depend on qualified foreign nationals for their hiring needs. As never before, navigating this regulatory quagmire requires an experienced hand.

Wilson Elser is uniquely qualified to help clients with immigration-related matters of virtually every sort and size. Whether your business seeks foreign professionals with advanced degrees or laborers for seasonal work, our practice attorneys offer accomplished, reliable and timely counsel. We know what steps are required, how they are best fulfilled and ways to avoid processing pitfalls. Moreover, we are able to draw on the vast resources of a national law firm with global reach, including our colleagues in related areas such as Employment & Labor and Commercial Contracts & Agreements. This kind of cross-practice collaboration frequently spawns resolutions to our clients’ most complicated immigration issues.

We offer assistance in immigration matters, including, but not limited to:

  • U.S. employers seeking to hire foreign professionals or skilled workers

  • U.S. or foreign affiliates that wish to transfer foreign personnel to existing or newly established branches in the United States on a temporary or permanent basis

  • Foreign business people who seek entry into the United States to invest in a new or existing U.S. business

  • U.S. employers seeking to sponsor Canadian and/or Mexican professionals under the North American Free Trade Agreement to obtain non-immigrant TN visas on an expedited basis at the border

  • U.S. employers who desire counseling in complying with the employment verification requirements of Form I-9

  • U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents who wish to petition to have alien relatives enter the United States for a limited period of time or to remain in the United States permanently

  • Aliens residing in the United States or abroad who desire to lawfully enter or remain in the United States permanently as immigrants

  • Aliens residing in the United States or abroad who desire to lawfully enter or remain in the United States as nonimmigrants for a limited period of time and limited purpose

  • Lawful permanent residents who wish to apply to become U.S. citizens through naturalization.

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