From securing visas to pursuing citizenship, Hinshaw can help at every step of the immigration process.
In today's global economy, businesses and investors must often look abroad to find top-quality personnel, pursue new opportunities, and remain competitive in a rapidly evolving marketplace. At the same time, immigration laws, and regulations surrounding the employment of foreign workers are also in constant flux, reflecting changes in domestic political and economic priorities.
Hinshaw delivers effective, knowledgeable employment-based immigration counsel to help our clients recruit, deploy, and retain critically needed, qualified employees in the United States and abroad. In our nationwide practice, we work with clients at every step, from determining specific business needs, identifying appropriate visas and obtaining employment authorizations, to pursuing permanent residency and citizenship.
We recognize that, in many cases, in-person counsel is necessary to prepare clients for visa interviews in the United States and abroad. When requested, we will travel anywhere in the U.S. to attend and assist during green-card interviews with agency officials.
We handle applications for and management of all types of U.S. visas, including:
- H-1B visas for professional workers in specialty occupations (e.g., programmers, physicians, engineers, and educators)
- H-2B visas for temporary and seasonal skilled workers and laborers (e.g., landscapers and agricultural employees)
- L-1 international transferee visas for managerial and specialized employees
We regularly work with U.S. and foreign embassies and consulates worldwide to help clients deploy religious (R-1 visa) and other workers to the United States, and, when appropriate, help organizations migrate their U.S. workers to other countries. As appropriate, we also help obtain the following visas, among others: E (treaty traders and investors), H-3 (trainees), J-1 (international exchange visitors), TN (Canadian and Mexican professionals), B-1 (business visitors), O (extraordinary professionals), and P (performers and athletes) visas. When necessary—for example, when a visa petition has been initially denied—we handle appeals to the Administrative Appeals Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCSIS).
Obtaining a visa is not the end of the process. Our attorneys advise clients on a range of day-to-day immigration issues, including Form I-9 compliance and avoidance of and defense against charges of discrimination based on national origin. We regularly deliver training and seminars on immigration-related matters and provide immigration due diligence support in the context of cross-border mergers, acquisitions and other transactions.
We also help clients respond to and prepare for audits and investigations conducted by U.S. federal immigration authorities, including the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as well as the latter agency's operational and support components such as USCIS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). When the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) sends "no-match letters," we help resolve discrepancies in employment-related reports.
Uniting families in the United States
For individual clients who would like to ensure that a fiancé, spouse, or other family members can reside in the U.S., Hinshaw can handle the entire process, including petitioning for permanent residency, preparing applications for U.S. work permits, to becoming a U.S. citizen. Through the B-2 visa, Hinshaw can also help bring foreign nationals into the U.S. for temporary visits with family or to tour the country.
In appropriate cases, Hinshaw can help present a case for asylum or temporary protected status, and address questions related to matters involving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
- Bill Schiller and Ian Wagreich are Featured Speakers in an Illinois State Bar Association Webinar on 2024 Immigration Law UpdatesJanuary 16, 2024
- Bill Schiller and Ian Wagreich to Present at “The Garage” – Northwestern University’s Program for EntrepreneursNovember 15, 2023
- Bill Schiller to Present at Kansas State University on U.S. Permanent Residency for International Faculty and ScholarsNovember 2, 2023
- Ian Wagreich to Chair and Present at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) 2023 Annual ConferenceJune 21–24, 2023
- David Alfini, Aimee Delaney, Adam Guetzow, and Ritika Narayanan to Present at the 2023 LeadingAge Illinois Annual Meeting and ExpoMarch 7 – 8, 2023
- Ian Wagreich Presents at the American Immigration Lawyers Association 75th Annual Conference on Immigration LawJune 17, 2022
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- Bill Schiller Named to DC-based Atlantic Council Experts' Coalition on Borders, Immigration, and Trade FacilitationOctober 23, 2023
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- Employer FAQs: Biden Administration Announces Plans to Replace COVID-19 Travel Bans With Vaccination and Testing RequirementsSeptember 23, 2021
- How Employers Can Prepare for the Upcoming H-1B Lottery
- The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 5 "Immigration Worker Protection Act"
- New Form I-9 Released: Ensure You Are in Compliance by September 18th
- Employer Beware: The Time to Use the New Form I-9 Is Now
- Assessing the Impact of President Obama's Immigration Actions on Employees and Employers
- Strong Medicine: Clinic Owner Found Personally Liable for $1.1 Million in Back Wages after Failing to Pay H-1B Non-Immigrant Physicians' Required Salary