Cozen O’Connor: Bettridge, Scott

Scott Bettridge

Chair, Immigration Practice

Miami

(305) 704-5953

(305) 704-5955

Recent News:

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O'Connor Practice Areas and Nine Cozen O'Connor Attorneys in its 2019 Legal Guide

The Legal 500 United States named Cozen O’Connor’s Aviation, Construction, Immigration, Insurance, and Maritime practices and Cozen O'Connor attorneys Scott Bettridge, Raymond DeLuca, Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, Anne Mickey, and Jeffrey Mullen to its 2019 Legal Guide.

Scott currently serves as the chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration Practice and represents both corporate and individual clients in all aspects related to U.S. immigration law. Scott's corporate clients include major global organizations in the financial services, hospitality, fashion, media, IT, energy, agriculture, insurance, and health care sectors, along with organizations specializing in professional services and private club industries.

Specifically, he provides an array of immigration services, including nonimmigrant visas, permanent residence (green card), labor certification, and citizenship, along with I-9 review and compliance services, with a focus on global workforce mobility issues such as due diligence considerations and risk management assessments for mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, downsizings, and startups. Scott also represents individuals with entrepreneurial options as well as with family-based immigration matters. He also represents both regional centers and individual investors in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.

Scott has coordinated centralized representation of U.S. immigration matters for financial services, investment management, and insurance divisions of one of the world’s largest diversified financial services organizations. He has managed corporate restructuring and consolidation issues for the immigration practice of a major health care and health insurance provider. He has represented a wide array of individual professional athletes from major and minor league organizations in baseball, basketball, hockey, squash, and other sports on visa and citizenship matters. Scott assisted numerous small business owners across various industries with registration before the State Department under the E-visa program for treaty traders and treaty investors. He has implemented I-9 review and compliance programs for multiple national and international businesses and across a wide range of sectors. 

Scott is an active member of the Investor Markets Committee of Invest In the USA (IIUSA) as well as the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) where he previously served as a program committee and symposium coordinator for the New York Chapter Immigration Law Symposium. He also serves on the Law360 Immigration Editorial Advisory Board, is an allied member of eb5investors.com, and a past member of the University of Miami Citizens Board. Scott currently serves on the Gulliver Schools Board of Trustees and is the President of the Cutler Oaks Homeowner Association.

Scott received his law degree from John Marshall Law School and his bachelor’s from the University of Tennessee.

Not a Member of the Florida Bar. Admitted in Georgia only.

News

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O'Connor Practice Areas and Nine Cozen O'Connor Attorneys in its 2019 Legal Guide

June 14, 2019

The Legal 500 United States named Cozen O’Connor’s Aviation, Construction, Immigration, Insurance, and Maritime practices and Cozen O'Connor attorneys Scott Bettridge, Raymond DeLuca, Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, Anne Mickey, and Jeffrey Mullen to its 2019 Legal Guide.

What You Need to Know About the Proposed H-1B Visa Rule

January 09, 2019

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, was quoted in Human Resource Executive discussing the proposed H-1B visa rule.

What Canada's Marijuana Law Means For Travelers And Businesses

October 22, 2018

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, did a question and answer in Forbes discussing the recent impact on immigration with the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

Pot Topics: Canada legalizes cannabis; Colorado pot sales top 1B

October 21, 2018

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, was quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times discussing the recent impact on immigration with the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

Regulatory roundup

October 18, 2018

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, was quoted in Politico discussing the recent impact on immigration with the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

Will legal marijuana get thousands of people banned from entering the U.S. from Canada?

October 16, 2018

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, spoke with USA Today about the legalization of marijuana across Canada and the widespread fear that U.S. border guards will block Canadians working in the cannabis industry from traveling south into the United States.

4 Ways GCs Can Prepare For Potential Worksite Raids

January 23, 2018

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, discussed with Law360 performing an internal audit of your company to prepare for immigration enforcement.

DACA job permits will begin expiring soon

January 05, 2018

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, was on KPCC (NPR) radio discussing DACA job permits that expire in March.

Immigration Cop Wants to Quadruple Workplace Enforcement

October 17, 2017

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration Strategy & Policy Practice, discussed with Law360 the latest immigration enforcement at workplaces.

What Employers Can Do For DACA Employees

October 05, 2017

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration Strategy & Policy practice, discusses what employers can do for DACA employees in Refinery29.

Immigration Policy To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2017

July 14, 2017

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, discusses immigration policies to watch in Law360.

The Biggest Immigration Policy Developments In 2017 So Far

July 03, 2017

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, discusses the biggest immigration policy developments in 2017 in Law360.

EB-5 Visa Program Gets Brief Extension in Federal Budget

May 05, 2017

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, discusses the EB-5 visa program's extension in the Daily Business Review.

Law360 Immigration Editorial Advisory Board

February 27, 2017

Scott Bettridge, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, is named to Law360's Immigration Editorial Advisory Board.

U.S. Investment Visa May Jump to $1.35 Million

February 07, 2017

Scott Bettridge, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, discusses how the U.S. investment visa might increase in cost in Barrons.

Cozen O’Connor Continues Growth of Miami Office With Addition of Leading Immigration Group

January 09, 2017

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to welcome a team of three lawyers with extensive immigration experience to the firm’s Miami office.

Tougher EB-5 Rules Could Follow Election Season Gridlock

September 26, 2016

Scott Bettridge, chair of the Immigration practice, discusses how tougher EB-5 rules could follow after the presidential election in Law360.

SEC Case Pushes EB-5 Focus to Oversight, Compliance

May 23, 2016

Roy Carrasquillo, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate practice group, discusses the SEC case that is pushing EB-5 focus in the Daily Business Review.

The Trump Era Could Mean Big Changes For Biz Immigration

December 13, 2015

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, discusses what the Trump era could mean for business immigration in Law360.

Latest Reforms to EB-5 Program Are Nearly Complete

December 10, 2015

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Immigration practice, discusses the latest reforms of the EB-5 Program in the Daily Business Review.

Publications

E-2 Visas now Available for Israeli Nationals [Alert]

May 01, 2019

Scott Bettridge discuses the U.S. Department of State's announcement that a treaty investor agreement has finally been executed between Israel and the United States and effective May 1, 2019, Israeli citizens may now apply for the E-2 Visa classification at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Time to prepare, South Florida: I-9 worksite enforcement is on the rise [Miami Herald]

February 22, 2019

Scott Bettridge discussed the importance of local businesses in South Florida making immigration compliance a top priority.

Can Canadians Enter US For Cannabis-Related Business? [Law360]

November 16, 2018

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, wrote an article in Law360 about the impact on Canadians that are involved in a cannabis business entering the United States.

U.S. Travel Issues for Professionals Working in the Cannabis Industry [Alert]

September 25, 2018

Scott Bettridge warns Canadian professionals employed in the cannabis industry that travel to the United States may not lead to routine entry and should continue to exercise caution on any upcoming travels.

How employers can be ready if ICE knocks on the door [The Business Journals]

June 07, 2018

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, discussed in The Business Journals immigration enforcement in the Trump administration.

New I-94 Features Provide Visa Waiver Visitors Peace of Mind [The ABC's of Immigration Law Blog]

January 26, 2018

On January 5, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) kicked off two new "traveler compliance initiatives" aimed at assisting those travelers to the US on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). These newly added features to the I-94 website (https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home) under the "View...

Employers Should Begin Preparation for Opening of FY 2019 H-1B Cap [The ABC's of Immigration Law Blog]

January 25, 2018

The beginning of the calendar year is the perfect time for employers to begin planning for the FY2019 H-1B cap filing season, which will begin on Monday, April 2, 2018. Due to continued high demand, it is expected that the quota will be filled within the first 5 business days. The H-1B quotas for...

Stopgap Bill to End Government Shutdown passes Congress, extends EB-5 Program 3 weeks [The ABC's of Immigration Law Blog]

January 23, 2018

The federal government shutdown came to an end last night as the House and the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution (the “CR”) last night which extended the Federal budget until February 8, 2018.  The President signed the bill late last night.  This new short-term extension made no changes to any...

Important Update Regarding 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program [Immigration Alert]

October 18, 2017

Frances Rayer and Scott Bettridge discuss a recent update to the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program along with a change to application deadline dates.

Immigration Hot Topics Under the New Administration: How to Plan for Business Needs [Daily Business Review]

July 07, 2017

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, discusses hot topics under the new administration in the Daily Business Review.

Trump Issues Revised Order on Immigration [Immigration Alert]

March 09, 2017

Scott Bettridge and Michael Stevenson discuss President Trump’s March 6 executive order, with particular focus on prospective impact on individual travelers as well as companies with an international workforce with employees who routinely seek entrance to the United States.

Increased Immigration Enforcement Highlights Need for Employer Compliance [Immigration Alert]

February 24, 2017

Scott Bettridge and Michael Stevenson discuss the heightened enforcement of immigration laws under the Trump administration, including the recent increase in government audits of employers’ Forms I-9.

Three Key Immigration Developments in President Trump’s First Weeks [Immigration Alert]

February 14, 2017

Scott Bettridge, Michael Stevenson, and Marcy Stras discuss three key business immigration issues that have seen significant developments in the past few weeks.

President Trump Orders Far-Reaching Suspension of Entry: The Response and What to Expect Next [Immigration Alert]

January 31, 2017

Marcy Stras, Scott Bettridge, and Elena Park discuss President Trump's Executive Order affecting immigrant and nonimmigrant entry for nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

EB-5 Reform: What To Expect After SEC Jay Peak Enforcement [Law360]

June 09, 2016

Roy Carrasquillo, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate practice group, and Scott Bettridge, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, discuss EB-5 reform in Law360.

The Benefits Of Permanently Authorizing EB-5 [Law360]

January 11, 2016

Roy Carrasquillo, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate practice group, and Scott Bettridge, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, discuss the benefits of permanently authorizing EB-5 in Law360.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

Top Ten Legal Issues Keeping HR Up At Night

October 30, 2019 - Fort Worth, TX

Scott Bettridge will be speaking at the 2019 HRSouthwest Conference.

Past Events

Practical Employment Law Advice in Uncertain Times

February 26, 2019 - Addison, TX

Getting Started in Business: Immigration

October 24, 2018 - New York, NY

2018 Hot Labor and Employment Law Topics

October 23, 2018 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

EB-5 Immigration Investor Program Updates

April 19, 2018 - Atlanta, GA

2017 Labor and Employment Law Update - Chicago

October 05, 2017 - Chicago, IL

Labor and Employment Law Update

June 14, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

EB-5 Legislative Update

May 01, 2017 - Webinar

Industry Sectors

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1995
  • University of Tennessee, B.A., 1992

Awards & Honors

Legal 500 United States, Immigration 

  • Georgia
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • University of Miami Citizens Board
  • Invest In the USA (IIUSA), Allied Member
  • The Georgia Bar, Immigration Law Section
  • Gulliver Schools, Board of Trustees
  • Law360, Immigration Editorial Advisory Board