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Physician

Immigration

Physician Immigration is one of our specialty practice areas. We have handled Conrad State 30 (previously State 20)  J-1 Waiver cases since Congress first enacted the Conrad J-1 waiver program in 1994. Our firm files State 30 waivers across the country. In addition, we have obtained J-1 waivers through the federal government’s HHS and Appalachian Regional Commission programs.

We also prepare and file, H-1B, National Interest Waiver (NIW) and PERM Labor Certification cases for Permanent Residency for physicians. Our physician immigration employer clients include several large hospitalist companies and hospitals, medical centers and physician groups located throughout the United States.



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Employment

Visas

Our firm obtains employment visas of all types. These include:

  • H-1B status for professionals under the “specialty occupation” category
  • L-1 intracompany transferee status for companies with parent, subsidiary or affiliate organizations abroad
  • TN status for nationals of Canada and Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • PERM labor certification for permanent residency for employees
  • H-2B visas for temporary, non-agricultural workers
  • H-3 and J-1 training and exchange visitor visas
  • O-1 visas for foreign nationals with “outstanding ability”
  • P-1 visas for professional athletes
  • R-1 visas and special immigrant permanent residency for ministers/priests and other religious workers
  • The firm also counsels employers and employees with regard to B-1 business visitor visas and entry on the Visa Waiver Program

Typical professional occupational classifications include:

  • managers and executives
  • physicians
  • software engineers, programmer analysts, aerospace engineers, system analysts, electrical and structural engineers
  • accountants
  • ministers, priests, monks, nuns and other religious workers
  • lawyers
  • teachers, professors and researchers
  • architects
  • Various construction and other trades, technical, service and hospitality positions can be included in either H-2B status, or in some cases, TN status. Some may also qualify for PERM labor certification for permanent residency.

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Investor Visas

EB-5 and E-2

Our attorneys have extensive experience with the EB-5 Alien Entrepreneur visa process dating back to 1993, soon after Congress passed legislation enacting the EB-5 program. Permanent residency is available to a foreign national who invests at least $500,000 in a U.S. business and thereby creates at least 10 jobs for U.S. workers. The required amount of investment is $1,000,000 if the location of the investment is not a “targeted employment area.”

We offer EB-5 representation to investors who wish to start their own businesses, who wish to take over a troubled U.S. business, or to foreign nationals who invest in a project within the geographic scope of a USCIS-approved “Regional Center.” We represent Green Card Fund, LLC, one such Regional Center that has several EB-5 projects in Arizona including schools, a hospital, a hotel and senior living centers. See www.greencardfund.com.

E-2 investor visas are available to foreign nationals of certain treaty countries. The E-2 is not a permanent residency visa, but it can be renewed multiple times and requires less of an investment.


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Employer I-9 and

E-Verify Compliance

We provide employers with I-9 employment verification and E-Verify best practices compliance counseling. The firm provides training tailored to our employer clients’ corporate structure and needs. I-9 trainings are often presented to a client’s HR staff and include:

  • protocols for proper I-9 form completion
  • tips for handling difficult or unusual work authorization documentation
  • recommended procedures for storing I-9 documentation
  • systems for alerting employees of status expiration and “tickling” I-9 forms that require reverification

The firm also offers informal audits of an employer’s I-9 forms, with the option of reviewing a representative sample of I-9s to detect patterns of non-compliance and training issues. We represent employers who have been served with DHS subpoenas and are being audited by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents. The firm also represents employers in the administrative court process in the event an ICE audit evolves into litigation.


Individual

Individual and Family

Immigration

Our law firm can assist you in becoming a U.S. citizen and in sponsoring your family members for legal permanent residence or “green cards.” These services include:

  • Application for Naturalization to U.S. Citizen, upon meeting the requirements to become a U.S. citizen
  • Application for Certificate of Citizenship, for U.S. citizenship acquired at birth or upon naturalization of a parent
  • Petition for Alien Relative, to bring your immediate family member to the U.S.
  • Application to Adjust Status or “green card” application
  • Consular processing and submission of application to the National Visa Center
  • Removal of Conditions, for conditional permanent residents
  • Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
  • Re-entry Permits, to allow a permanent resident to remain outside the U.S. for one or more years
  • Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes

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