On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced a series of executive actions to reform the “broken” immigration system after Congress failed to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill this year. These initiatives have not been implemented, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is not accepting any requests or applications at this time. We have been informed that over the next few months, USCIS will issue detailed explanations, instructions, regulations and forms as necessary. While USCIS is not currently accepting requests or applications, anyone who believes that he or she may be eligible for one of the immigration initiatives should prepare by gathering documents that establish his or her: (1) Identity; (2) Relationship to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident; and (3) Continuous residence in the United States over the last five years or more.More
The accelerating pace of economic globalization demands and fosters a borderless labor market. Businesses of every size retain employees in locations around the world and need employees who are internationally mobile. A company based in the United States may have engineers in India, marketers in Paris, and sales staff in Canada. This ability to operate transnationally is fundamental to the growth of businesses and to the career advancement of individual workers.
But in this era of heightened security risks and geopolitical turmoil, cross-border movement is not simple. Immigration is a heavily regulated activity and subject to time-consuming evaluation by federal and international officials. Cozen O’Connor’s immigration attorneys are focused on identifying strategies that protect clients and enable the timely pursuit of business opportunities wherever they arise.
Cozen O’Connor advises multinational corporations, domestic companies, nonprofit institutions, investors, and individuals about visas, permanent residency, work permits, intra-company transfers, hiring of foreign nationals, citizenship requirements, regulatory compliance, and other immigration matters. Whether arranging a green card for a senior executive, obtaining visas for the families of foreign nationals stationed in the U.S., or assessing a company’s I-9 compliance program, Cozen O’Connor’s immigration attorneys are known for their efficiency and practicality. Our immigration team works closely with our colleagues in corporate law, labor and employment, family law, tax, and litigation to provide truly comprehensive advice and workable solutions.
Our immigration lawyers understand the frustration businesses and individuals often experience when dealing with immigration matters. The laws are opaque, the bureaucracy is unwieldy, and there is an element of arbitrariness that can be unsettling. We cut through the confusion by communicating clearly and frequently with clients, explaining the relevant laws and regulations in plain terms, and providing translation resources to foreign nationals. Cozen O’Connor’s immigration team also leverages its professional relationships with officials in key government agencies to achieve positive outcomes as quickly as possible.
Arrange for nonimmigrant visas:
TN-1 Canadian Worker Visa; H-1B Specialty Occupation Visa; H-1B Computer Related Occupations Visa; H-2 Temporary Worker Visa; H-3 Trainee Visa; J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa; L-1 Intracompany Transfer Visa; O-1 Extraordinary Ability in the Arts Visa; E-1/E-2 Treaty Traders and Investors
Arrange for immigrant visas:
Employment Based First Preference (EB-1-1) (Aliens of Extraordinary Ability); Employment Based First Preference (EB-1-2) (Outstanding Researchers and Professors); Multinational Executives and Managers (EB-1-2-3); Employment Based Second Preference (EB-2); Employment Based Third Preference (EB-3); Employment Based Fifth Preference (EB-5)
Represent clients in immigration matters before the Department of Labor, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration Board of Appeals, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review
Advocate for immigration clients in federal and state courts
File discrimination claims under the Immigration Reform and Control Act
Invoke clients’ employment rights under Treaties of Friendship Commerce and Navigation
Counsel clients on employment verification compliance, including I-9 audits
Design and implement remedial programs to ensure immigration regulation compliance
Analyze the immigration aspects of corporate decisions, including mergers and acquisitions