Companies operating globally need the best talent available, and the ability to relocate employees to meet business needs. Dykema’s immigration lawyers provide comprehensive employment-based U.S. immigration-related services, including temporary and permanent visa processing procedures, labor certification applications as well as family-based immigration sponsorship and naturalization assistance. Our experience also includes worksite enforcement, waivers, naturalization, regional center programs, investors, removal, asylum, database errors, WHTI, ESTA, SENTRI and NEXUS.
With our complex legal system, no issue arises in a vacuum. We partner with colleagues across our firm to ensure that our immigration advice is framed in the larger contexts of employer-employee relationships, general corporate compliance and employment best practices.
Dykema is committed to helping its clients compete globally by reducing immigrant visa backlogs, providing a path to legal permanent status for qualifying workers in the U.S. without status, improving due process protections for immigrants, and increasing legal avenues for skilled professionals to provide needed services in the U.S.
Our attorneys have earned a national reputation for excellence in immigration and international trade law, while advocating at local, state, and federal levels for comprehensive immigration reform, improvement of national border security infrastructure and procedures, consular processing and admission procedures for foreign nationals, and improvements in the provision of pro bono immigration services and detention standards.
Core strengths include counsel on:
Non-Immigrant and Temporary U.S. Visas
We represent clients who employ foreign nationals to fill temporary and permanent positions in the United States, prepare petitions and supporting documentation necessary for virtually every temporary U.S. work authorization, including L-1 visas for foreign national intra-company transferees; H-1B visas for specialty occupation workers; TN Visas for Canadian and Mexican workers, as well as visas for business visitors (B-1), treaty traders and investors (E-1 and E-2), Australian professional workers (E-3), students (F-1), temporary seasonal workers (H-2B), trainees (H-3), exchange visitors (J-1), fiancés of U.S. citizens (K-1), extraordinary ability aliens (O-1), cultural exchange visitors (Q-1), and religious workers (R-1). Dykema immigration professionals are experienced in helping foreign-based clients interested in establishing U.S. subsidiaries or affiliates select and obtain appropriate visas for foreign national start-up personnel.
Immigrants (Permanent Residence/"Green Card" and Naturalization/Citizenship)
Dykema attorneys assist clients with all issues pertaining to permanent residence and naturalization, including applications for First Preference Employment-Based Forms I-140; Second Preference Employment-Based National Interest Waivers (NIW); Second and Third Preference PERM labor certifications; Fifth Preference Immigrant Investors and Naturalization and U.S. Citizenship. We help with nonimmigrant visa and immigrant visa processing at American embassies throughout the world. Our team assists clients with Family-Based Immigrant Petitions including those related to foreign national fiancés. In addition, we have supported clients with the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program including investors and those who accept those investments.
- Assisted major seasonal hotel in obtaining Q-1 Cultural Exchange Visitor visas for Austrian chefs when H-2B visas were unavailable.
- Assisted client in obtaining permanent residence as an alien of extraordinary ability based on award of the Shingo Prize for excellence in lean materials manufacturing.
- Assisted client in recovering legal immigration status for several executives after immigration issues were ignored during sale of their company.
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- November 17, 2016
- Heather Frayre Authors LawInSports Article about Status of Foreign Athletes Aspiring to U.S. Coaching CareersSeptember 21, 2016
- August 17, 2016
- "Immigration advocates sue for border patrol transparency"Detroit Free PressNovember 30, 2016
- “Can a History of Extraordinary Athletic Ability Help Sports Coaches Work in the USA?”LawInSportSeptember 21, 2016
- “DACA Expansion Program Suspended Before Start – Texas District Court Judge Issues Temporary Injunction,” by Kathleen Campbell Walker, Immigration in Focus, El Paso TimesFebruary 17, 2015
- “Immigration Surge puts Strain on Legal System.” Kathleen Campbell Walker interviewed by KTSM Channel 9 NewsJune 10, 2014
- “How Undocumented Immigrants are Processed.” Kathleen Campbell Walker interviewed by KVIA Channel 7 NewsJune 9, 2014
- “7 Common I-9 Errors and How to Avoid Them,” by Kathleen Campbell Walker, National Restaurant AssociationMay 29, 2014
- "When Gray is Black: Defining the Line Between a Business Visit and Work for International Trade Related Visas," by Kathleen Campbell Walker, Expert Guide: International Trade 2014, Corporate LiveWireJanuary 15, 2014
- State Department Update, PLI’s 49th Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute, New York, New YorkDecember 7, 2016
- Traveling Executives – Getting into the U.S. on Time, AILA Fall Conference, Toronto, ONSeptember 23, 2016
- Learn from the Experts on E-1/E-2 Preparation, AILA's National Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NevadaJune 25, 2016
- Where do I stand? Cutting edge issues in adjustment of status and consular processing, AILA's Annual Advanced Immigration Law Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago, IllinoisMarch 14, 2016
- Worksite Compliance and Enforcement Issues, 14th Annual Advanced Immigration Law Conference, State Bar of Texas, Houston, TexasFebruary 20, 2016
- Blanket Ls, Regular Ls, and Es, Panel Leader, Latin America and Caribbean Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers AssociationNovember 6, 2015
- Can't We All Just Get Along -- Interagency Challenges, American Immigration Counsel, 2015 Annual Benefit: American Heritage Awards, National Harbor, MarylandJune 19, 2015
- Avoiding the Ultimate I-9 Penalty and the Illusion of an E-Verify Safe Harbor, National Restaurant Association Annual Show, Chicago, IllinoisMay 20, 2014
- Intergovernmental Panel, Chair, AILA's Annual Midwest Conference, Chicago, IllinoisMarch 14, 2014
- Entry-Exit Systems in North America, Canada and Mexico Institutes of the Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.February 5, 2014