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
Internet: Each Attorney's Internet Address takes the following form: first initial, last name (e.g.,
University Brandeis University, B.A., 1980
Law SchoolBenjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 1985
Admitted1985, Massachusetts; United States Supreme Court

• 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 theCardozo Law Review.


• Fifty-One Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2014 Guide, (05.23.2014)

• Quoted inAbsent Immigration Reform, Cos. Face Increased Enforcement,Law360 (01.10.2014)

• Mintz Levin's Immigration Practice Launches Innovative On-Line Tool To Process DS-160 Visa Applications, (10.30.2013)

• Seventy-Nine Mintz Levin Attorneys Named 2013 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (10.21.2013)

• Sixty-Three Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2014 Edition, (08.15.2013)

• Mintz Levin Attorney Susan J. Cohen Honored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, (07.25.2013)

• Eleven Mintz Levin Attorneys and Six Practice Areas Recommended by Legal 500 United States 2013, (06.18.2013)

• Forty-Eight Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2013 Guide, (05.24.2013)

• Quoted inAn H-1B Jobs Database the Tech Industry May Hate,Computerworld (05.08.2013)

• Quoted inImmigration Reform Bill Offers Employers a Mixed Bag,Law360 (04.18.2013)

• Quoted inSilicon Valley North? Canada 'Startup Visa Program Could Cost U.S. in War for Talent,Venture Beat (04.02.2013)

• Quoted inWhy Now Is the Right Time for Immigration Reform,National Journal (01.30.2013)

• Quoted inFor Employers, Devil Is in Details of Immigration Reform,Law360 (01.28.2013)

• Quoted inImmigration Proposal's Policy Compromises Stake out Middle Ground,CQ News (01.28.2013)

• Quoted inImmigration Reform: 'This Will Be the Year,' Bipartisan Senate 'Gang' Says,Christian Science Monitor (01.28.2013)

• Quoted inStakes High for Employers in Immigration Reform Push,Law360 (01.14.2013)

• Susan Cohen Listed in Who's Who Legal Under Corporate Immigration, (01.2013)

• Seventy-One Mintz Levin Attorneys Named 2012 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (10.22.2012)

• Quoted inAnother Circuit Rules against Asylum for Husbands of Forced-Abortion Victims,The National Law Journal (10.04.2012)

• Sixty Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 Edition, (08.24.2012)

• Quoted inAriz. Immigration Ruling May Save Cos. From State Law Hassles,Law360 (06.25.2012)

• Quoted inAILA Panel Weighs Pros, Cons to Employers of Extra Government Scrutiny Under E-Verify,BNA Daily Labor Repor (06.18.2012)

• Fifty-Two Mintz Levin Attorneys Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers, (10.21.2011)

• Forty-Three Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 Edition, (09.06.2011)

• Webinar: Export Licenses - What you need to know for compliance, (01.20.2011)

• Forty-Nine Mintz Levin Attorneys Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers, (10.19.2010)

• Thirty-Nine Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2011 Edition, (08.11.2010)

• Susan Cohen to Speak on Hot Topics in US Corporate Immigration Law at the European Law Firm Delegate Programme in Stockholm, Sweden, (05.28.2010)

• Susan Cohen Presenting on Immigration Overview for Key Locations at the Global Mobility Issues summit in Seattle, WA, (05.25.2010)

• ACQ Finance Magazine Names Mintz Levin 2009 Corporate Immigration Law Firm of the Year, (12.14.2009)

• Forty-Eight Mintz Levin Attorneys Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers, (10.27.2009)

• Thirty-One Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2010 Edition, (07.31.2009)

• Three Mintz Levin Attorneys to Lead Panel Discussions at 2009 BIO International Convention and BIO Human Resources Conference in Atlanta, (05.12.2009)

• Twenty-Nine Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2009 Edition, (01.21.2009)

• Forty-Six Mintz Levin Attorneys Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers, (10.29.2008)

• Susan J. Cohen speaks on proper use of B-1/B-2 visa at AILA Annual Conference in Vancouver, Canada, (06.25.2008)

• Susan J. Cohen speaks on I-9 compliance at MCLE's Employment Verification Procedures Seminar in Boston, MA, (05.28.2008)

• Susan J. Cohen participates in online E-Verify Program discussion, (05.21.2008)

• Susan J. Cohen and Susan M. Finegan Named to Boston Bar Association Task Force on Civil Right to Counsel, (09.17.2007)

• Twenty-Four Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2008 Edition, (09.05.2007)

• Chip Phinney, Susan Cohen and Susan Finegan to be Recognized for Pro Bono Efforts in the Wake of the New Bedford Immigration Raid, (06.01.2007)

Recognitions & Awards

• Recommended as a leading lawyer byThe Legal 500 United Statesfor Labor and Employment: Immigration (2013-2014)
• Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
Best Lawyers in America: Immigration Law (2007 - 2014)
• Named to the Short List for Corporate Immigration - USA byFinance 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,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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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.

What F-1 Students Need to Know About Work & Travel Before October 1
Bill Coffman,Susan J. Cohen, May 20, 2014
If you are an F-1 student with OPT employment eligibility and your H-1B filing has been accepted by USCIS, visa petitions will be adjudicated over the next few months, and approved petitions will have an October 1, 2014 start date. Whether you can travel and return to work before October 1 depends...

Embassy of India Changes Service Providers
Susan J. Cohen,Danielle Head, May 16, 2014
The Embassy of India in Washington, D.C. has named Cox & Kings Global Services Pvt. Ltd. (“CKGS”) as the new service provider for Indian Visas, Overseas Citizenship of India (“OCI”), Person of Indian Origin (“PIO”), Renunciation Certificates, and additional...

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