Miles & Stockbridge’s dedicated immigration team features three lawyers named “Lawyer of the Year” in Immigration Law by Best Lawyers in America®. We focus on business immigration, helping U.S. employers hire and retain highly skilled foreign employees, including managers and executives, engineers, IT professionals, financial and accounting professionals, and other professionals in business, medicine and technology, who strengthen their workforce and enable them to stay competitive.
We advise businesses on managing their Form I-9 and H-1B record programs to enable compliance and prepare for government audits. We also represent companies involved in worksite enforcement actions, which have increased dramatically in recent years. Our immigration lawyers are nationally recognized for their experience and are in high demand as faculty for seminars on the changes in immigration law and the workplace.
We provide necessary legal services for all types of visas, immigrant (permanent) and nonimmigrant (temporary), and assist permanent residents in becoming naturalized U.S. citizens. While our practice focuses on employment-based immigration services, we also provide family based immigration services for relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
As immigration lawyers, we must be astute business people: We invest time in understanding our clients’ business objectives and craft immigration strategies that reflect and advance those objectives. We go beyond the quick and easy legal fix for pressing immigration concerns to find thoughtful solutions that satisfy our clients’ immediate legal needs without compromising their long-term business goals. That might mean seeking a temporary visa that is harder to obtain initially, in order to streamline the process of obtaining permanent residence status later. Or it could mean counseling clients on how to structure visa petitions to anticipate future changes in job duties or relocation, thus reducing the need for amendments and facilitating green cards for long-term employees.
We help business clients navigate through the labyrinth of government agencies involved with immigration services and enforcement, including agencies within the Departments of Homeland Security, Labor, State, and Justice. Miles & Stockbridge’s strong emphasis on client service is particularly important when it comes to our immigration practice—an area of law that is both complex and intimidating. Our focus on client service distinguishes us from boutique immigration law firms that take an “assembly line” approach to these cases, essentially requiring massive amounts of data entry by clients and strictly limiting attorney–client contact. At Miles & Stockbridge, we recognize that winning petition approval is only part of the job, especially in a time of heightened scrutiny of foreign nationals entering the United States.
We provide comprehensive follow-up and work to resolve any difficulties that could impede the successful completion of the visa process. We prepare non-citizen employees for consular interviews and port-of-entry inspections with visa applications and location-specific instructions on procedures and timing, as well as advice regarding which documents to have ready and what sort of questions to expect. After entry into the United States, we assist with obtaining spousal employment authorization, available in some cases and often a crucial element in attracting foreign professionals to work in the United States.
We have worked in nearly every state in the country, representing businesses and foreign nationals from around the world and providing expedited and comprehensive services at every stage. As part of a full-service law firm, our lawyers draw on Miles & Stockbridge’s experience in numerous other areas of law that may be required by our clients. Through our membership in TerraLex®, a worldwide network of independent law firms, and our contacts with law firms around the world, we can also provide clients with access to local counsel to handle out-bound immigration issues for expatriate employees.