Immigration



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Growth and opportunity are driving factors behind today’s global landscape. The prevalence of crossing borders to gain a competitive edge, sustain profitability or realize personal goals has resulted in a critical need for immigration counsel. Whether it is a multi-national corporation, a start-up company or an individual seeking a successful, rewarding career, Arnstein & Lehr recognizes the unique prospects offered in the U.S. and abroad and provides comprehensive immigration services.

Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of the legal, political and business context in which immigration concerns arise. We work closely with businesses and individuals as they contend with complex regulations, evolving statutes and legislation and increased government scrutiny. The Immigration Practice Group applies its more than 26 years of experience to analyze and resolve immigration-related issues, while remaining mindful of emerging developments that may affect a client’s interests.

Our reputation is based on more than the thousands of cases we have handled. We are noted authors and lecturers whose counsel and perspective are sought after by legal peers, educational institutions and community organizations. Arnstein & Lehr has multi-lingual attorneys that are fluent in multiple languages and regularly travel to visit clients throughout the U.S.

EMPLOYER-BASED IMMIGRATION

Corporate Compliance
Under the watchful eye of the U.S. government, businesses must take appropriate measures to ensure proper employee authorization and verification. Establishing the suitable internal checks and balances is time-sensitive, and if not done properly, can expose businesses to substantial liability. Arnstein & Lehr protects its corporate clients by reviewing I-9 forms, preparing the necessary documents for any audits and developing an effective strategy to comply with all worksite enforcement actions. In addition, we provide employers legal guidance on anti-discrimination provisions contained in the I-9 compliance regulations.

In addition, Arnstein & Lehr assists clients in drafting PERM labor certification applications which require a higher level of involvement from employers and well-supported applications. Clients benefit from our particular insight into the complex recruitment and filing procedures implemented by the PERM Labor Certification system.

We are also sensitive to the immigration issues related to transactional matters and help clients work through the ramifications of mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions.

Non-Immigrant Visas
For those employers seeking worker status for a specific period of time and purpose, our lawyers provide exceptional support and instruction in the following categories:

  • Intra-company transfers and multi-national workers (L-1A and L-1B)
  • Professional and skilled workers (H-1B and H-2B)
  • Traders & investors (E-1 and E-2)
  • Temporary workers (H-2A and H-2B)
  • Trainees (J-1 and H-3)
  • NAFTA (B-1/TN)
  • Extraordinary ability aliens, includes athletes, artists and performers (O-1 and O-2, P-1 and P-2)
  • Temporary religious worker (R-1)
  • Consular processing

Immigrant Visas
These types of visas are designated for foreign nationals seeking to live and work in the U.S. for an indefinite period of time based on a pending job offer from a U.S. employer or their qualifications. Arnstein & Lehr assists foreign nationals with processing applications and substantiating qualifications to help clients achieve legal status for any of the following visas:

  • Extraordinary ability aliens (EB-1)
  • Exceptional ability aliens (EB-2)
  • Multi-national executives and managers
  • Investors ($500,000 or $1 million in a commercial enterprise)
  • PERM green card and naturalization

EB-5 Regional Centers
Arnstein & Lehr represents real estate developers, venture capitalists and investors in serving as corporate, securities counsel for multi-faceted industries in applications for regional center designations with USCIS and in EB-5 offerings.