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Immigration Planning and Compliance


Overview

Carlton Fields provides comprehensive immigration law services to clients that include large U.S.- and foreign-owned corporations, startups, entrepreneurs, private universities and academies, artists, and athletes. As U.S. immigration policies develop and change, our forward-looking guidance and training helps our clients operate in an often-challenging climate.

Compliance Counseling and Training

Our team drafts corporate immigration policies, and provides training and training materials to clients’ HR, compliance, and legal departments. We handle all issues related to:

  • completion and maintenance of I-9 employment verification forms;
  • E-Verify use, including desk reviews by the monitoring and compliance verification unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • preparation for ICE audits or raids, including those that occur at hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities; restaurants; and hotels;
  • H-1B public access files (PAFs);
  • Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) visits to employer sites that employ foreign nationals on temporary work visas;
  • audits and reviews of student records pursuant to the student and exchange visitor information system (SEVIS) for universities/academia; and
  • SEVIS audits for flight academies that train pilots.

Work Visa Processing

We counsel clients on the full range of visas that enable foreign nationals to work in the United States, and help clients to process all related paperwork. Our services include:

  • counseling on non-immigrant work visa options;
  • permanent employment-based visas/labor certification;
  • visas for artists, athletes, and entertainers;
  • visas for investors and entrepreneurs, and
  • family-based visas.

Green Card – Immigrant Visa Processing

We counsel clients on employment-based routes to obtaining U.S. residence (a green card). Our work includes defending against terrorism- and security-related bars to admission and processing all necessary green card paperwork (including green cards processed through the EB-5 investor program).

EB-5 Investor Program

We advise on and process EB-5 petitions for direct and indirect investors, and regional centers and developers.

U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization

We counsel clients on the naturalization process based on residency or a family relationship, and process the necessary paperwork for naturalization, derivative citizenship, or renunciation of citizenship as well as abandonment of U.S. permanent residency (including for personal, tax, or health reasons).

 

All Insights

Policy and Practice Changes Impact the O-1 Visa

Policy and Practice Changes Impact the O-1 Visa

November 7, 2018

During the Trump administration’s 22 months in office, no new laws or regulations have been passed governing the O-1 nonimmigrant visa for foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, education, business, or athletics.

Employers Must Plan Ahead to Mitigate H-1B Visa Processing Delays

Employers Must Plan Ahead to Mitigate H-1B Visa Processing Delays

March 31, 2018

The Trump Administration has passed no new immigration legislation or regulation. However, the administration’s stated focus on protecting the American worker, as articulated in its 2017 Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, has affected H-1B visa processing times to the detriment of employers seeking to either bring their best overseas talent to the United States, or to recruit qualified foreign nationals to work here.

Considerations for Foreign Travelers to the U.S. Under the New Administration

Considerations for Foreign Travelers to the U.S. Under the New Administration

March 8, 2017

Travel to the United States, with its new immigration enforcement-minded administration, will require foreign travelers to be even more aware of the rules governing border protection, and take advantage of the travel programs still available to ease the inspections when entering the United States.

Alternative Visa Programs for Foreigners Traveling to U.S.

Alternative Visa Programs for Foreigners Traveling to U.S.

February 21, 2017

This year, traveling to the United States, with its new immigration enforcement-minded administration, requires foreign travelers to be aware of the rules governing border protection, and take advantage of the many travel programs still available to ease the inspections process at entry into the United States while President Donald Trump's travel ban is suspended and under review by the U.S. federal courts.

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