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Immigration

We respond quickly and comprehensively to immigration concerns for U.S. and global companies in all aspects of business immigration law – including applications for visas; permanent resident status; work authorization; naturalization; nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions; and advice and compliance assistance for employers with employment eligibility verification (form I-9) rules. We take pride in our responsiveness and are committed to effective and efficient communication with your human resources professionals to offer a streamlined experience from initial interviews, to case preparation, to filing and monitoring, until final approval. From Fortune 100 companies to the local start-up, our attorneys help clients navigate the evolving immigration landscape.

Our immigration attorneys stay current with the ever-changing policies of the governmental agencies involved in immigration, including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection Department of State and the Consulates worldwide, and the Department of Labor. We stand ready to work cohesively with these agencies and with in-house counsel whenever necessary.

Our business immigration services include:

Non-immigrant Visas 

  • H-1B Specialty Occupation
  • L-1A, L-1B, Blanket Petitions - Intracompany Transfers
  • O-1 - Extraordinary Ability Alien
  • P-1 - Artists, Athletes and Entertainers
  • J-1 - Exchange Visitors
    • J-1 Waivers in fields of the Arts, Academia and Medicine
  • R-1 - Religious Workers

Immigrant Visas

  • Employment based petitions
    • PERM Applications
    • Intracompany Transfers
    • Extraordinary Ability Aliens
    • Outstanding Professors and Researchers
    • National Interest Waivers
  • Family Based Applications

Citizenship

  • Naturalization
  • Citizenship determinations

Compliance

  • I-9 verification and compliance
  • Employer sanctions
  • LCA

In addition, our litigators represent clients in federal courts as well as representing clients during administrative agency hearings. Porter Wright has challenged the USCIS in federal court when an unfavorable decision was not supported by law. In Residential Finance vs. USCIS, the federal court upheld our client’s position and issued a ground breaking statement of law pertaining to the H-1B visa, a decision recognized by the American Immigration Lawyers Association as a significant achievement. Rob Cohen, our practice group leader, was awarded the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Immigration Litigation for his work on this case.

We are also active members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Our attorneys play key roles within the association and currently serve as chair of AILA’s USCIS Benefits Committee and participate in the annual ALIA Global Forum.

For our clients’ convenience, we offer direct access to our immigration case management portal so that we can work together seamlessly to avoid delays and track the status of your applications. To access our portal, please login.