Kim Kiel Thompson: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Kim Kiel Thompson

Atlanta,  GA  U.S.A.
Phone(404) 231-1400

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Practice Areas

  • Business Immigration
  • Citizenship and Naturalization
  • Employment Immigration
  • Employment Visas
  • Immigration Compliance
  • Immigration Discrimination
  • Immigration Law
  • Permanent Residence
University Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, B.S., 1981; Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, M.A., International Relations, 1984
Law SchoolUniversity of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL, J.D., cum laude, 1989
Admitted1989, Georgia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; Georgia Supreme Court; Georgia Court of Appeals

Professional Activities

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
Member, The Japan-America Society of Georgia

LanguagesFrench; German; Spanish

Kim Thompson is a partner in the Atlanta office. She serves as chair of the firm's Global Immigration Practice Group.

Kim's practice focuses on immigration and nationality law; she began practicing in this area in 1990.

Her practice includes extensive visa work, handling both temporary and permanent visa cases, as well as advice regarding compliance with the Form I-9, including government audits of I-9 forms and discrimination and document abuse provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Kim is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the ABA-affiliated association for attorneys practicing immigration law.

She is a frequent lecturer and presenter on immigration topics and she also advises employers regarding best practices in immigration-related employment issues.

Kim is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She has been selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers every year since 2005 and, in 2005, was named one of the Top 50 Female Georgia Super Lawyers. She was also selected for inclusion in The Legal 500 - Immigration in 2015.

Kim has also been listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2009 and in The Best Lawyers in America since 2010.

In 2012 she was named one of Georgia Trend magazine's Legal Elite” for her work in immigration law.


Immigration On A Very Fast Track: The Race For H-1B Visas
February 27, 2013

E-Verify Rule Hits More In July
April 1, 2012

Upholding E-Verify In Arizona
May 27, 2011

Is Your Company Next? 10 Tips to Help Prepare for an ICE I-9 Audit
July 5, 2010

The New ICE Age: Are You Ready for an I-9 Audit?
April 6, 2010

Permanent Residence: First Preference Priority Worker Category Provides an Opportunity to Jump to the Head of the Green Card Line
February 2, 2010

Understanding the New 2009 Revised I-9 Form and E-Verify
June 1, 2009


What Does Immigration Reform Really Mean for Your Recruitment and Hiring Strategies?
January 24, 2014

Immigration Law: What the Impact is to Business - St. Simon's Island, GA
June 8, 2011

Put Immigration at the top of your To-Do List
ICE Audit, I-9 Forms and E-Verify Houston, TX

Dealing with The Aftermath of Georgia's Perfect Political Storm
Atlanta, GA

Immigration Hot Topics: Compliance, Enforcement and Legalization
Atlanta, GA

Saudi Arabia - Visa Applications and Procedures
Atlanta, GA

Anatomy of an I-9 Audit - Be Ready For a Visit from ICE
Atlanta, GA

Using Electronics Effectively in Affirmative Action and Worksite Immigration Compliance
Las Vegas, NV

I-9 Compliance: How to Complete I-9 Forms, Prevent Discrimination and Get Ready for an Audit
Orlando, FL

Federal Contractor E-Verify
Atlanta, GA


Druid Hills Civil Association
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
Culture Connect
Latin American Association
Atlanta Humane Society


Eighty-Four Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2016
August 17, 2015

Fisher & Phillips Ranked Among the Top in The Legal 500
June 3, 2015

Forty-Four Attorneys Ranked Among Top in Chambers USA 2015
May 19, 2015

Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Named to 2015 Georgia Super Lawyers List
February 20, 2015

Kim has been selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers every year since 2005 and, in 2005, was named one of the Top 50 Female Georgia Super Lawyers. She has also been listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2009 and in The Best Lawyers in America since 2010. In 2012 she was named one of Georgia Trend magazine's “Legal Elite” for her work in immigration law.

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Despite Disney Dust-Up, H-1B Visa Program Rarely Misused!
June 8, 2015

3 Tips To Avoid Screwing Up Your H-1B Application
March 2, 2015

Experts Predict Record-Breaking H-1B Visa Demand
February 20, 2015

Obama Executive Action Promotes 'Small Fixes' to High-Skilled Immigration
November 24, 2014

Immigration Actions Could Raise Employer Compliance Issues
November 24, 2014

Obama Immigration Plan Called Vague, Frustrating
November 21, 2014

Obama Plan Grants Work Authorization to Nearly 5 Million
November 21, 2014

Fixing Farm Labor Woes Worth The Extra Effort [Opinion]
November 19, 2014

Proposed E-Verify Requirement In Immigration Bill Would Affect California
February 4, 2013

Immigration Challenges: Not Going Away and Getting More Complicated
November 3, 2011

State Immigration Laws Lead to Uncertainty
August 31, 2011

Newsletter Articles

Get A Passing Grade When Employing H-1B Teachers
October 1, 2011

Immigration Enforcement Continues To Target Employers, Part 2
February 1, 2011

Immigration Enforcement Continues To Target Employers, Part 1
January 1, 2011

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome
July 1, 2010

New Immigration Enforcement Effort Is On The Way
September 1, 2009

Five Things You Need To Know About Immigration Law - Right Now
September 1, 2009

State Employment-Related Immigration Laws: When The I-9 Form Isn't Enough
May 1, 2009

Immigration 2009 - What Every Employer Needs to Know
February 1, 2009

Reported CasesRepresentative Work; Specializing in permanent residence cases for Aliens of Extraordinary Ability and Outstanding Researchers (including scientists, Olympic athletes, and internationally-recognized academics) and University and College faculty (special handling cases). Specializing in representation of employers in connection with U.S. governmental agency discrimination charges, audits and investigations (including H-1B and H-2B U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division audits/investigations, H-1B audits by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Form I-9 compliance audits by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

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President Obama Announces Executive Action on Immigration
Kim Kiel Thompson, March 11, 2015
Last night, President Obama announced his plan for a partial fix of what many believe is a broken U.S. immigration system. This Executive Action will offer over four million undocumented individuals relief from deportation and provide them the opportunity to apply for temporary work authorization...

Automatic Extension & I-9 Form Verification For Temporary Protected Status in the U.S.
Kim Kiel Thompson, January 6, 2015
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is available in the United States for individuals from foreign states where the U.S. Attorney General (AG) has determined that conditions in that country would result in a threat to the personal safety of individuals if they returned home (e.g., armed conflict,...

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Kim Kiel Thompson

1075 Peachtree Street, NE
AtlantaGA 30309


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