Practice/Industry Group Overview
Fisher & Phillips provides a single solution for all global immigration needs. Our immigration attorneys manage a full suite of immigration services for clients to allow their employees to work legally in any country. Clients receive complete end-to-end case management and customer service to ensure that global expatriate and non-local staff maintain proper immigration status throughout the duration of employment. Our attorneys utilize specialized software for case initiation, data-intake, case-tracking, and calendaring of expiration dates. This software benefits clients by allowing attorneys to track immigration processes for any country in the world. This case management system is readily accessible online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and helps to ensure that we are able to manage data in the most cost-effective, reliable, and efficient manner to better serve the needs of our clients.
Our attorneys keep abreast of daily developments in the world of immigration law, including Congressional legislation, policies enacted by agencies such as U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service, and global events affecting the migration of people.
In an age of increased immigration enforcement, our experienced immigration attorneys work with clients to ensure comprehensive compliance with federal immigration laws. This includes conducting precautionary audits of I-9 documentation, devising company-wide policies to ensure legal work authorization of workers, and providing advanced computer software to streamline I-9/E-Verify compliance.
The Global Immigration Practice has three sub-specialty areas:
U.S. Immigration Services
For more than 25 years, Fisher & Phillips has advised employers on all areas of U.S. business immigration law. Our clients benefit from a team of lawyers and paralegals who practice exclusively in the area of business immigration law. Specifically, these attorneys and other professionals assist employers in obtaining nonimmigrant visas for professionals, intra-company transferees, research scholars, traders and investors, trainees, and agricultural workers. This highly experienced team regularly assists employers seeking to sponsor employees for permanent residence, guiding them through the process from labor certification through adjustment of status or immigrant visa processing at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy. Clients also benefit from the team’s extensive experience with Priority Worker permanent residence petitions and National Interest Waiver cases. Our attorneys frequently advise clients on possible avenues to avoid the cost, time, and risks associated with labor certification.
Fisher & Phillips provides assistance to clients with respect to their global immigration needs. This includes obtaining visas for U.S. workers being transferred abroad, as well as assisting in the transfer of key personnel from one country to another anywhere in the world. Our services include developing strategies to ensure the success of each global transfer, proactively gathering and pre-processing application materials, overseeing the filing for host country approvals, coordinating consular processing of required visas, and providing a one-stop resource for the applicant and family throughout the procedure. The immigration group also advises corporate clients on developing comprehensive, standardized global Human Resources strategies.
U.S. Immigration Compliance/E-Verify
In this age of increased immigration enforcement, our attorneys meticulously review clients' practices for verifying the work authorization of employees. This includes precautionary I-9 audits, representing clients in audits by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, and defending claims of immigration-related discrimination. Clients have access to a comprehensive, web-based I-9 verification and E-Verify solution and related training. This solution increases overall efficiency of I-9 processes, and provides centralized visibility and management of corporate-wide I-9 risks.