The globalization of the U.S. economy, rapid changes in technology and competition to hire and retain the most talented employees continue to challenge U.S. businesses. The most successful companies recruit and hire employees from all over the world. The Miller Johnson Immigration practice has the experience and global resources to help businesses achieve their goals through strategic immigration planning.
Typically, immigration issues arise when hiring foreign nationals, or transferring foreign employees to the United States. Miller Johnson can help employers identify appropriate immigrant and non-immigrant visa categories for foreign employees and prepare persuasive documentation to gain visa approval from U.S. immigration officials. Miller Johnson also assists foreign nationals and their families to enter the United States, ensure foreign national employees maintain the appropriate status while in the United States and ensure the employer maintains the necessary documentation for all foreign employees. We are also able to assist employers with the defense of enforcement actions for charges of unlawful immigration practices and related employment discrimination.
The firm’s immigration practice specifically includes:
- Temporary worker non-immigrant visa petitions including E Visa Treaty Trader/Treaty Investor, H-1B Specialty Occupation Workers, L-1 Intra-company Transfers, O-1 Aliens of Extraordinary Ability, TNs for Canadian and Mexican professionals, B-1 Business Visitors, and J-1 Exchange Program Visas, among others
- Labor Certification Applications for Permanent Resident Status, including the filing of form ETA 9089 applications for employment verification with the DOL.
- Employment based permanent resident status petitions for multi-national executives and managers, outstanding researchers and professors, and aliens of extraordinary ability
- Health care professional visa options, including J-1 waivers for physicians
- Investor visas, including permanent resident status through investment in a startup business or through acquisition of a “troubled business”
- Merger and acquisition immigration issues
- Tax Planning and estate planning for foreign nationals during U.S. assignments
- Foreign Student visa matters, including employment authorization, changing status, and status reinstatement issues
- Visa extension applications and Change of Status applications
- Adjustment of Status Applications and waiver procedures to overcome grounds for exclusion due to health issues, criminal history, or immigration law violations
- Defending employers in enforcement proceedings, including I-9 compliance audits and H-1B public accessible documentation audits
- National Interest Waiver Applications for expediting Permanent Resident Status
- Naturalization Applications to obtain U.S. citizenship
- Obtaining the proper visa and work authorization for the assignment of U.S. Workers to overseas affiliates, including but not limited to operations in Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Mexico and the United Kingdom
- Employment Verification Compliance Handbook to prepare employers for participation with E-Verify™ and to assist with I-9 compliance