Cozen O’Connor: Rayer, Frances P

Frances Rayer



(215) 665-3704

(215) 665-2013

Frances will be speaking at an upcoming event:

2019 Labor and Employment Law Update

Philadelphia, PA 06/20/2019

Join Cozen O'Connor attorneys as they discuss labor and employment legal issues that in-house counsel, management, and HR professionals are facing in 2019.

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Frances P. Rayer is experienced in the immigration field, where she represents institutional clients and multinational corporations who are seeking to employ foreign nationals in the United States on either a temporary or permanent basis.

The majority of Fran’s practice focuses on the area of employment-based immigration for institutional clients, multinational corporations, and universities. Her clients come from a wide variety of industries, including technology, telecommunications, health care, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, engineering, and education. She assists clients in acquiring employment-based visas for key employees so they will be authorized for employment in the United States. She advises companies on employee documentation requirements and I-9 and E-Verify compliance issues.

She has experience representing clients before the Department of Labor, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration Board of Appeals, and the EOIR. She speaks frequently on immigration-related and employer compliance issues under the immigration laws. Frances was a member of the court-appointed Liaison Committee, where she represented Chinese refugees seeking asylum in the United States having arrived aboard the Golden Venture.

Fran has been selected by her peers for inclusion on The Best Lawyers in America® list since 2005 and was named 2017 "Lawyer of the Year." She is also listed in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® magazine.


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TPS Extended For Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador [Alert]

March 06, 2019

Velika Nespor and Frances Rayer discuss USCIS's automatic extension of TPS status until January 2, 2020.

DHS to Increase Premium Processing Fees October 1, 2018 [Immigration Alert]

September 10, 2018

Frances Rayer discusses DHS's increase in fees for premium processing of certain employment-based immigrant benefit requests.

USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions [Immigration Alert]

August 29, 2018

Frances Rayer discusses that the temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions will continue and be expanded; beginning September 11, 2018, and continuing through February 19, 2019.

USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Cases [Immigration Alert]

March 22, 2018

Frances Rayer discusses the USCIS's temporary suspension of premium processing for all H-1B cap-subject petitions. This suspension of premium processing only affects H-1B cap-subject petitions.

April 2018 Visa Bulletin Has Been Released – EB-1 India and China Will Retrogress [Immigration Alert]

March 16, 2018

Fran Rayer discusses significant changes in the visa availability for Indian and Chinese nationals in the employment-based first-preference category (EB1).

USCIS Confirms No Procedural Changes for H-1B FY2019 Cap Season [Immigration Alert]

January 29, 2018

Fran Rayer discusses the H-1B quotas for FY2019 and what employers should be doing now in anticipation of the start of H-1B cap filing season.

Employment-Based Adjustment Applicants Will Be Interviewed Prior to Green Card Approval [Immigration Alert]

October 27, 2017

Fran Rayer discusses that I-140-based adjustment of status applicants will be required to appear for an in-person interview at a local USCIS office and how this could impact final adjudication of the I-485 permanent residence application.

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.

Premium Processing Reinstated for All H-1B Cases [Immigration Alert]

October 04, 2017

Frances P. Rayer discusses the USCIS announcement that premium processing has been reinstated for all H-1B petitions and that effective October 3, 2017, employers may request to upgrade pending H-1B petitions to premium processing.

USCIS Reinstates Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Subject Petitions [The ABC's of Immigration Law Blog]

September 19, 2017

USCIS announced on Monday, September 18, 2017, that it will immediately accept premium processing requests of all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap.  H-1B cap petitions filed in April 2017, requesting a start date of October 1, 2017, can now be upgraded to premium...

2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program Announced [Immigration Alert]

September 18, 2017

Fran Rayer discusses the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program (sometimes referred to as a green card) that enables foreign nationals to apply for permanent residence in the United States without employer or family sponsorship.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

2019 Labor and Employment Law Update

June 20, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

Join Cozen O'Connor attorneys as they discuss labor and employment legal issues that in-house counsel, management, and HR professionals are facing in 2019.

Past Events

2018 Labor and Employment Law Update

June 13, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

Labor and Employment Law Update

June 14, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA


  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1989
  • St. Joseph's University, M.S., summa cum laude, 1981
  • Gwynedd Mercy College, B.S., magna cum laude, 1979

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America 2006-2019

  • Pennsylvania