CTSW’s immigration practice consists of work in three main areas, working with businesses and individuals on non-immigrant, immigrant, and agency-facing issues.
We advise human resources and talent management on securing work visas (including H-1B, TN, L-1, O-1 and others) so they can attract and retain talent from across borders. Today’s global economy means that companies must compete in an international talent pool, and our work makes them more successful in securing the talent they need.
Immigrant visas (“green cards”)
We also represent clients on immigrant visa strategies, including:
- PERM Labor Certifications, assisting U.S. employers with analyzing job requirements and preparing effective recruitment plans to maximize the success of each application
- EB-1 Visas (Employed-Based First Preference), with which foreign nationals demonstrate highly significant accomplishments in the fields of arts, sciences, education, business, or athletics. We advise clients on whether these applications should be made under the categories of Extraordinary Alien, Outstanding Researcher, or Multinational Manager/Executive.
Government agency-facing counsel
We advise corporate clients and their employees on navigating governmental procedures and policies, including:
- Consular issues, advising corporate clients and their employees on the documentation to bring to visa interviews and what to expect at the Consulate, including Petition Information Management Service (“PIMS”) and administrative delays.
- Border and port-of-entry concerns, preparing clients on the documentation they need to have in possession, and on responding to questions posed by Customs and Border Protection agents.
- Government investigations and audits: we advise and train our corporate clients’ HR professionals to establish best practices for record-keeping and compliance so they are prepared for unannounced site visits and audits by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE); U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS); Wage & Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor.