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Ellen Freeman

Pittsburgh
p +1 412.235.1480
f +1 412.235.4510
  • 6 PPG Place
    Suite 830
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Contact Information

With 18 years of practice in all facets of employment-based immigration, Ellen works with growing organizations to advise on U.S. immigration law, strategy, compliance and training. Her depth of experience fully supports clients moving through the complex steps of business growth and shifting employment strategy, including formation of corporate entities, establishment of U.S. operations and applications for temporary visas through permanent residence.

As partner-in-charge of the Pittsburgh office, Ellen extends her leadership and counsel as a business partner and problem solver for her clients in the areas of biotech, IT, health care and education. Her immigration experience includes global mobility, outbound immigration, IRCA, I-9, LCAs, employment-based petitions, PERM labor certification applications, immigrant visa petitions, consular processing and adjustment of status filings. Ellen excels at J-1 waivers for foreign medical graduates and priority worker preference petitions.

Highly active in immigration education and development at both the local and national levels, Ellen serves in various leadership roles with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and served as a member of the Welcoming Pittsburgh Advisory Council to the Mayor of Pittsburgh, an initiative aimed at attracting immigrants to the region.

As an avid supporter of the arts, Ellen regularly secures O-1 and P-1 visa status on behalf of musicians, conductors, actors and singers, as well as large entertainment groups for their tours in the U.S. On an international level, Ellen is a frequent writer and lecturer on all topics surrounding employment-based immigration.

Representative Matters

  • Advise corporate entities regarding the immigration impact of corporate reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • Assist start-up and foreign companies with the establishment of U.S. operations, corporate entity formation, regulatory compliance and recruitment of talent
  • Counsel human resources and legal departments on compliance issues pertaining to DHS, FDNS, DOL audits and ICE raids
  • Advise on global mobility and outbound immigration
  • Secure temporary work visas and permanent residence for foreign workers
  • Develop corporate communication and immigration strategy during corporate downsizing and layoffs
  • Secure Blanket L approval status for multinational corporations
  • Devise business immigration strategies for multinational, Fortune 500 and privately held companies
  • Assist hospitals, medical research organizations and academia with visas, Section 212 (e) J-1 waivers and permanent residence for medical doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists and researchers
  • Work closely with medical residents to ensure compliance with the terms of residency programs, as well as negotiate contract terms and select best professional offers upon completion of residency
  • Draft independent contractor, service provider and physician service agreements
  • Provide in-house training for personnel, human resources, benefits and compensation managers, including the development of training programs
  • Conduct LCA and I-9 employment-eligibility verification audits
  • Counsel U.S. permanent residents throughout and during their temporary assignment abroad, international relocation, complex family issues and citizenship process
  • Counsel spouses of international transferees at the onset as well as throughout international assignment in and outside of the U.S., including immigration assistance for domestic staff
  • Obtain approvals on Waivers of Inadmissibility for both nonimmigrant and immigrant visa purposes through the USCIS, as well as U.S. Consulates
  • Pursue temporary and permanent residence on behalf of tenure-track and research faculty members, researchers and support personnel
  • Counsel foreign student advisors on best practices of addressing immigration needs of foreign students and scholars
  • Assist offices of international students and scholars with complex immigration law issues
  • Advise incoming and graduating foreign national students on all aspects of immigration law and assist universities in placement of foreign students and scholars
  • Prepare "outstanding researcher or professor," "extraordinary ability" and "national interest waiver priority workers” preference petitions
  • Advise U.S. investors on the formation of EB-5 regional centers and requirements to attract foreign investment
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