In a global economy, conducting business means that your people will pass through more than a few time zones to get the job done. They may work on another continent at one of your worldwide locations, or they may be a native of another nation working for you here in the United States. When your business goes global, you need attorneys who are experienced in the practice of global immigration law.

We handle a broad range of issues, including inbound immigration for international employees seeking to work or live in the U.S. and global immigration for domestic or international employees looking to work or live abroad. Our clients include U.S. and multinational corporations, and our attorneys practice before offices of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) throughout the country. We also represent our clients at embassies and consulates around the world, and we are in direct contact with representatives of other governments on immigration-related matters.

Inbound Immigration

Emigrating to the U.S. involves the preparation of a host of important documents. To expedite the process, our attorneys ensure that all documentation is properly prepared and filed in a timely manner. We specifically:

  • Assist clients in securing temporary and permanent visas for employees, their spouses, their children or other immediate relatives
  • Work with clients who wish to secure U.S. citizenship
  • Ensure that businesses are complying with all federal immigration and labor laws connected to the employment of foreign nationals in the United States
  • Keep our finger on the pulse of the changing regulatory climate so that our clients are fully prepared to deal with new issues that affect their international employees
  • Obtain visas to facilitate international transfers
  • Offer a comprehensive, accurate picture of tax implications and liability issues when companies transfer personnel internationally
  • Guide human resources managers as they conduct international recruiting efforts
  • Represent foreign nationals who face exclusion or deportation proceedings
  • Offer representation and counsel to individuals seeking asylum in the United States

Outbound/Global Immigration

Conducting business outside the U.S. involves much more than having employees pack a suitcase, a laptop and a passport. Companies that compete on the world stage realize that they face a host of legal hurdles when they want to recruit at an international location or move their people from here to there.

  • Analyzing international work authorization procedures to ensure that companies are in compliance with local regulations
  • Constant monitoring of changes in those procedures and on-site training programs
  • Preparation and filing of applications for business visitor visas, temporary work permits, residence permits, entry clearances, entry visas, passports and permanent residence
  • Strategic planning for designing immigration program

Value-Added Services

  • A secure website with client-specific content. Clients may access a host of immigration forms, immigration-related data and an online case tracking system that is password-protected
  • A document exchange that allows our clients to manipulate, copy-edit and proof important documents electronically via e-mail. This shortens the process of preparing such documents, thereby reducing overall processing time
  • Constant updates on legal issues related to immigration through Cohen & Grigsby’s online updates and newsletters