Susan J. Cohen: Lawyer with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Susan J. Cohen


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Practice Areas

  • Immigration
  • Corporate Policies, I-9 Compliance & E-Verify Compliance
  • Employer-Sponsored Visas & Green Cards
  • Permanent Resident Status
  • Obtaining US Citizenship
  • Accomplished Individuals & Families
  • Temporary Visas
  • EB-5 Investment Visas
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Energy & Clean Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Life Sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofits
  • Professional Services
  • Real Estate
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Sports, Arts & Entertainment
  • Technology, Communications & Media
Contact InfoTelephone: 617.348.4468
Fax: 617-542-2241
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University Brandeis University, B.A., 1980
Law SchoolBenjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 1985
Admitted1985, Massachusetts; United States Supreme Court

Professional & Community Involvement
•Co-chair, Immigration Subcommittee, ABA International Law and Practice Section
•President, Board of Directors, Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project
•Past chair, Immigration Committee, Boston Bar Association International Section


Susan is the founder and Chair of the firm's Immigration Practice, which is composed of nine attorneys and 15 immigration specialists and assistants who service the immigration needs both of Mintz Levin's existing corporate and individual clients, and of new clients who choose the firm precisely for its knowledge in the field of immigration and nationality law. Mintz Levin also is committed to handling political asylum cases, most of which are taken on a pro bono basis.

Susan is actively involved in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has chaired and co-chaired a wide range of national AILA committees, including the National Planning Committee for AILA's Annual Immigration Law Conference. She also serves on the review board for AILA periodicals. Susan serves as the ABA's liaison to the Department of Labor on immigration-related issues. She is a frequent panelist at AILA, ABA, and other immigration-related conferences, and a contributor to AILA, ABA, and other immigration-related publications.

Susan was involved in contributing to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations implementing the Immigration Act of 1990, the Department of Labor regulations implementing changes to the H-1B visa category as a result of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998, and the Department of Labor PERM labor certification regulations issued in 2004.

Susan has won awards for her political asylum work from the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project, the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, and Mintz Levin.

During law school, she served on the Cardozo Law Review.

Awards & Recognitions
•Recipient of the Irish International Immigrant Center's Solas Award (2014)
•Recommended as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 United States for Labor and Employment: Immigration (2013-2014)
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
Best Lawyers in America: Immigration Law (2007 - 2015)
•Named to the Short List for Corporate Immigration - USA by Finance Monthly (2014)
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: Circle of Excellence Award (2013)
International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers (2002 - 2014)
Chambers Global Guide: Immigration: Business
Chambers USA: Nationwide - Immigration (2013 - 2014)
Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Immigration (2004, 2008 - 2013)
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: Women of Justice Award (2008)

• Author, President Obama Announces Executive Action on Immigration, Immigration Alert ( 11.21.2014 )
• Co-author, Recent Changes in US Immigration Processes and Technology, Immigration Advisory ( 11.18.2014 )
• Co-author, It's Time to Register for the 2016 Diversity Lottery!, Immigration Advisory ( 09.30.2014 )
• Author, Continued Delays for Visa Issuance Around the World, Immigration Alert ( 08.01.2014 )
• Author, USCIS Proposes Changes to Allow Some H-4 Spouses to Work, Immigration Advisory ( 05.14.2014 )
• Author, Embassy of India Changes Service Providers, Immigration Alert ( 05.13.2014 )
• Co-author, Work and Travel Guidance for F-1 Students with Pending H-1B “Change of Status” Applications and “Cap-Gap” Employment Authorization, Immigration Advisory ( 05.08.2014 )
• Author, H-1B Cap Hit for Fiscal Year 2015, Immigration Alert ( 04.07.2014 )
• Author, April 1 Deadline for Filing H-1B Visa Petitions Approaches, Immigration Alert ( 02.11.2014 )
• Co-author, It's Time to Prepare H-1B Visa Petitions for Fiscal Year 2015, Immigration Alert ( 01.08.2014 )
• Author, The Start-up Chile Visa Program: Chile's Gain is Our Loss, Venture Beat ( 12.20.2013 )
• Co-author, USCIS & DOL Announce Procedures, Reopening of Websites after Government Shutdown, Immigration Alert ( 10.21.2013 )
• Author, End to Government Shutdown Heralds Resumption of US Immigration Processing, Immigration Alert ( 10.17.2013 )
• Author, Government Shutdown 2013: How Your Immigration Services Will Be Affected, Immigration Alert ( 09.30.2013 )
• Co-author, It's Time to Register for the 2015 Diversity Lottery!, Immigration Alert ( 09.23.2013 )
• Author, USCIS Telephone Scam Targets Applicants and Petitioners, Immigration Alert ( 09.16.2013 )
• Co-author, Cap Gap Expiration Quickly Approaching: Be Mindful That Some Employees' Work Authorization May End on October 1, 2013, Immigration Alert ( 09.13.2013 )
• Co-author, What Windsor Means for Same-Sex Married Couples Seeking U.S. Immigration Benefits, Immigration Alert ( 07.03.2013 )
• Author, Senate Passes Sweeping Immigration Bill, Immigration Alert ( 06.27.2013 )
• Co-author, Expand Paths for Legal Immigration, Boston Globe ( 04.21.2013 )
• Author, Important Changes to Form I-94, Immigration Alert ( 03.28.2013 )
• Co-author, Is U.S. Immigration Policy Holding Back Economic Growth?, The Exchange ( 11.01.2012 )
• Co-author, SEVP Implementation of the Accreditation Act, Immigration Alert ( 07.02.2012 )
• Impact of Advancement of the Employment-Based Second Preference Numbers for China and India, Immigration Alert ( 06.20.2011 )
• Co-author, Until There's Real Immigration Reform, Here's What Employers Should Do, Workforce Management ( 03.2009 )
• Author, Immigration Law Client Strategies: Leading Lawyers on Working with Clients to Overcome Challenges in a Rapidly-Changing Field (Inside the Minds), Aspartore ( 02.2008 )

Speaking Engagements
• Speaker, Cutting Edge Immigration Strategies, US Chamber of Commerce (05.01.2014)
• Panelist, Steps for Implementing the New Form I-9, Mintz Levin, Boston, MA (04.09.2013)
• Speaker, Expatriating Employees to the US: Understanding US Immigration Law, The Japan HR Society, Tokyo, Japan (03.15.2013)
• Speaker, U.S. Immigration Options for Entrepreneurs, Start-Ups, and Established Companies, MIT Open Network Lab, Tokyo, Japan (03.14.2013)
• Speaker, Recent Developments in U.S. Immigration Law and Policy, MIT Alumni Club, Tokyo, Japan (03.13.2013)
• Chair, How to Navigate the US Visa Maze, Starting Operations in the US: How to Do It Right, Mintz Levin and Israel Advanced Technology Industries, Israel Liaison Office (03.27.2012)
• Speaker, Regulatory Aspects of Investments, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Distribution in the US by Indian Companies, US and India: Key Legal Aspects of Cross Border Business Conference, American Bar Association Section of International Law, Mumbai, Indian (01.20.2012)
• Speaker, Hot Topics in US Immigration Law: What Should Employers Expect in 2012?, Mintz Levin, New York, NY (11.15.2011)
• Speaker, Hot Topics in US Immigration Law: What Should Employers Expect in 2012?, Mintz Levin, Boston, MA (11.01.2011)
• Speaker, Creative Strategies for Prevailing Wage Determination (LCA/PERM), American Immigration Lawyers Association, Webinar (08.18.2011)
• Panelist, Practical Advice for Employment Growth while Complying with State & Federal Immigration Enforcement Initiatives, Practical Advice for Employment Growth while Complying with State & Federal Immigration Enforcement, Mintz Levin, Webinar (04.28.2011)
• Speaker, Dean's Speaker Series for Students, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY (03.28.2011)
• Speaker, Export Licenses: What You Need to Know for Compliance, Mintz Levin, Webinar (01.20.2011)
• Panelist, Fundamentals of Employment Law, 9th Annual Fundamentals of Employment Law, Sterling Educational Services, Inc., Boston, MA (11.17.2010)
• Moderator, Local Economics Meets Global Migration: A Global Review of Recent Restrictive Immigration Measures and Their Impact on Global Mobility, ABA Section on International Law Fall Meeting, American Bar Association (11.05.2010)
• Speaker, The Horses are Running - Prevailing Wage Issues, AILA 2010 PERM Conference: A Day at the Races, American Immigration Lawyers Association, New Orleans, LA (10.22.2010)
• Speaker, Maximizing Immigration Success: Cutting-Edge Strategies and Solutions to Recruit and Retain the Most Talented Workforce, Maximizing Immigration Success: Cutting-Edge Strategies and Solutions to Recruit and Retain the Most, Boston, MA (06.10.2010)
• Speaker, Hot Topics in US Corporate Immigration Law, Hot Topics in US Corporate Immigration Law (05.28.2010)
• Speaker, Successful Visa Strategies for Launching into the U.S., Relocating Israeli Employees to the U.S.: Tax and Visa Considerations, Israel-America Chamber of Commerce (11.24.2009)
• Speaker, New England Israel Life Science Summit, Boston, MA (10.26.2009)
• Speaker, Cutting Edge Immigration Solutions and Best Practices: How to Land and Retain Foreign Talent and Keep Your Company Out of Trouble in the Bargain, Cutting Edge Immigration Solutions and Best Practices: How to Land and Retain Foreign Talent and Kee, BIO Human Resources 2009 Conference, Atlanta, GA (05.18.2009)


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Driver’s Licenses for DACA Beneficiaries
Barbara Chin,William L. Coffman,Susan J. Cohen,Angel Feng,Michele D. Frangella, October 17, 2014
According to The Huffington Post, the State of Arizona and the US Federal Government are once again tussling over domain with regard to benefits based on immigration status. This round it’s driver’s licenses and DACA beneficiaries.

It’s Time to Register for the 2016 Diversity Lottery!
William L. Coffman,Susan J. Cohen, October 3, 2014
On October 1, 2014, the U.S. Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2016 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2016), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a path for foreign nationals to become permanent residents of the United...

USCIS Regulations Slowly Catching up/Catching on to Current Immigration Realities
Susan J. Cohen, May 20, 2014
In recent days, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has published several proposed rules in the Federal Register, which, if adopted, will bring welcome and much needed regulatory changes.

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