Bringing Successful Businesses and Skilled Talents to the United States
Our Immigration Law Practice counsels companies and individuals in a variety of business and family immigration matters. The international background of our attorneys places them in a unique position to understand foreign clients’ needs. Our primary areas of focus include, but are not limited to:
- Business and Investor Visas
- Extraordinary and Exceptional Ability Visas
- H-1B Specialty Occupations and Trainee Visas
- Forming US branches for foreign companies and intra-company transferees
- Adjustment of Status/Removal of Conditions/Naturalization
- Dual Citizenship
- Visa Refusal
BUSINESS AND INVESTOR VISAS
We assist clients in both non-immigrant and immigrant (“green card”) business and investor petitions, such as B-1 for Business Visitors, E-1 and E-2 for Investors, Traders and their essential employees. We also represent clients who wish to become permanent residents by investing in the U.S. enterprises that are able to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for U.S. workers (EB-5).
EXTRAORDINARY AND EXCEPTIONAL ABILITY VISAS
We counsel artists, entertainers, athletes, fashion designers, photographers, chefs, actors, directors in evaluating and gathering the documentation (such as articles, awards, reference letters) regarding their extraordinary ability for purposes of obtaining non-immigrant O-1A/O-1B, P1A/P1B, P2, P3 visas. In addition, we assist our clients in preparing petitions for immigrant visas (green card) based upon clients’ extraordinary (EB-1) or exceptional (EB-2, Schedule A Group II) abilities.
H-1B SPECIALTY OCCUPATIONS AND TRAINEE VISAS
We represent employers in preparing H-1B applications for prospective foreign employees who have skills in specialty occupations, such as lawyers, doctors, accountants, managers, architects, engineers, and other professionals. In addition, we advise businesses that offer foreigners training programs that are not available outside the U.S (H-3 route), and we liaison with designated sponsors to craft the training programs that foster cultural exchange between the U.S. and foreign countries (J-1). We further counsel our individual clients on their potential eligibility for immigrant visas, such as visas for advanced degree professionals (EB-2) or visas for skilled workers (EB-3).
FORMING U.S. BRANCHES FOR FOREIGN COMPANIES AND INTRA-COMPANY TRANSFEREES (L1A/L1B)
Our clients are multinational companies who often need to send managers, executives (L1A) and employees with specialized knowledge (L1B) of such companies' services or products to their existing U.S. branch offices. We also represent small and medium sized foreign companies that wish to establish a branch office in the United States. We also advise L1A visa holders in connection with adjusting their status to a permanent resident (green card) through EB1-C classification.
ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS/REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS/NATURALIZATION
We represent clients in a wide array of family immigration matters, such as adjustment of status of foreign individuals who become permanent residents through marriage to U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. Additionally, we assist our clients in the subsequent process of removal of conditions on a green card and naturalization.
We counsel U.S. citizens with Italian ancestors who are eligible to acquire Italian citizenship by virtue of blood (“iure sanguinis”). We assist our clients in gathering the documentation to show the qualifying ties.
We help our clients who were issued a 214-B visa refusals (mainly F-1 students and B-2 visitors) for lack of ties with their home countries. We draft letters, memoranda, affidavits and gather extensive documentation that outline applicants’ financial and family ties to their home countries.