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. Ranked as a nationwide top tier firm by The Legal 500 US 2019, clients note that Dykema’s Immigration team is “a one-stop shop of incredibly knowledgeable attorneys."

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. 

Experience Matters

  • 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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