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James G. Aldrich Member

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Michigan


University of Detroit, J.D.

Michigan State University, B.A.

James G. Aldrich leads the Firm's Immigration Team in the Labor and Employment Department at Dykema. He has significant international business and immigration experience including advising on the immigration-related aspects of investment opportunities in the U.S., corporate formation and the employment of foreign nationals in the United States. He develops long-term plans to coordinate the business goals of clients with available immigration benefits, and assists clients in the preparation of visa petitions and supporting documentation.

He has been recognized for his experience in handling the complex issues related to business immigration, consular processing, admissibility and immigration security issues. In addition to his reputation for excellence in the field of immigration and nationality law, he has also advocated for reforming our immigration system, improving border security and procedures, consular processing and admission procedures for foreign nationals. His practice primarily focuses on business and family-based immigration, consular processing, employer sanctions/worksite enforcement, immigration audits, security checks, waivers, admissibility, investors and regional centers, and citizenship and naturalization. His clients include major global manufacturing and energy companies, nursing home operators, landscaping companies, automotive suppliers, chemical and technology firms, ski resorts, dental service providers, construction companies, real estate and finance firms, hospitality and hospitality service companies, agricultural businesses, educational institutions, food service franchisees, investors and entrepreneurs, performing artists, families, and individuals.


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.

Represented employers in I-9 audits conducted by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement resulting in no fines or penalties.

Assisted client in recovering legal immigration status for several executives after immigration issues were ignored during sale of their company.

Assisted multiple seasonal hotels in responding to Department of Labor Wage and Hour audits resulting in no fines or other penalties.

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Memberships & Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan, Member
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member

Community/Civic Activities

  • Recognized for over 10 years of service on Bloomfield Township Zoning Board of Appeals

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Immigration Law, 2021. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States for Labor and Employment – Immigration (2017-2019)