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Immigration

For a multinational technology company, developed pre-hire screening questions and process to better identify job applicants who might be subject to export controls/deemed export restrictions.  By drawing on the firm's experience in export compliance and employment law, we were able to quickly create a process that satisfied all areas, without compromising the effectiveness of the pre-hire screen.

For a self-driving technology company, we successfully demonstrated to USCIS that H-1B1 time does not count towards the 6-year cumulative limit on H and L time under the Act.  The Act on its face creates a 6-year total limit on time spent in “H or L status under the Act”.  We were able to demonstrate persuasively that the H-1B1 visa is not “H…status under the Act” because the H-1B1 was created by a treaty rather than by the legislative process. This was a significant victory since conventional wisdom and a straightforward reading of the rule would lead most observers to assume that H-1B1 should be included in the calculation of “H or L status under the Act.”

For a design-driven software studio, we successfully demonstrated to USCIS that its new policy on calculating the three-year period of employment for L-1 visa applications was applicable only to petitions to change or extend status, rather than initial L-1 filings. Not only did USCIS ultimately agree with our position but the consular officials also reviewed and agreed, despite initial reservations. 

Representation of global leader in engineering, planning and consulting in connection with its immigration needs.  When we first began assisting the client, it had an urgent need to transfer hundreds of immigration matters to us without losing track of deadlines, due dates, or other milestones. Although reliable information for tracking purposes was not available, we were able to very rapidly assess each matter and record the key data into our systems, while answering many client questions, assisting employees throughout the migration, and working on multiple urgent matters against tight deadlines. Our creative staffing model enabled us simultaneously to (a) have our attorney be immediately available to the client for all questions and concerns, (b) quickly assess and record key data for all files, (c) make this key data available to the client in real time through our cloud-based platform, and (d) effectively respond to all time-sensitive matters during the transition without missing a single deadline or action item.  For the same client, we have implemented our state-of-the-art case management technology that allows us to customize our reporting and case tracking systems on the fly.  For example, we can provide different client personnel different levels of access to information and create reports to facilitate compliance and management of Public Access Files required by the U.S. Department of Labor. 

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