Employment Law

Immigration

The world of global mobility and immigration is complex, and a wide variety of businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on foreign-born workers. Well-established multinational companies seek predictability in connection with their efforts to have senior executives and key employees enter the U.S. to support their business operations, client development activities, and employment. As foreign investors and high net-worth individuals explore business opportunities in the United States, they look for skilled legal partners to facilitate their involvement in those transactions.

When Preti Flaherty’s clients face challenging immigration issues, our Immigration Practice group provides them with responsive, practical guidance. From multinational corporations to tech start-ups, our immigration attorneys efficiently, meticulously, and effectively develop immigration solutions, coordinate visa applications, and facilitate global transfers.

Practical Guidance Supporting Client Goals

Our Immigration Practice Group goes beyond visa processing, providing advice and strategic counsel in the development of comprehensive corporate immigration strategies that support client goals. We advise our business clients on the best short- and long-term approaches based on their specific needs, including:

  • Employment-based sponsorships of employees through the H, L, E, O, TN, and J non-immigrant visa programs, along with consideration of those employees for potential immigrant visa (green card) sponsorship
  • Employment and family-based options for permanent residency, including labor certification, EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 employment-based immigrant visas (Form I-140s)
  • Applications for adjustment of status (Form I-485s)

Lead by an attorney with more than 20 years of experience, our Immigration Practice Group prides itself in thinking differently about our client’s challenges. Group members have successfully assisted clients in navigating all aspects of homeland security investigations, worked with foreign investors on compliance guidelines for setting up companies in the United States, and helped various clients identify and implement creative immigration strategies. Group members also work closely with Maine’s immigrant assistance programs, helping newly arrived immigrants improve their legal status and navigate citizenship matters.

Leveraging Connections to Solve Complex Problems

Immigration and naturalization law exists at the complex interchange of several key factors, including personal connections, strong intermediaries, and goal-focused representation. Our attorneys fiercely leverage their connections to find creatives solutions to complex problems. When necessary, we advocate for our clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Department of Labor, and at U.S. Consulates.

Working closely with the members of our Business Law group, our immigration attorneys also offer clients guidance and support to facilitate complex deals with potentially significant immigration consequences including, mergers, acquisitions, and corporate spin-offs. We are frequently engaged to analyze purchase and sale agreements, conduct due-diligence assessments in anticipation of potential transactions, and coordinate the process of filing the visa paperwork necessary to protect the status of foreign nationals on behalf of their new corporate employers.

As business relationships become increasingly global in scope, immigration projects are becoming increasingly complex and time sensitive. By leveraging the full-force of Preti Flaherty’s suite of services, our immigration attorneys enable our clients to manage that complexity.

Firm Highlights

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Maine’s Exemption Laws Are Changing

In March of this year, Representative Denise Tepler (D. Topsham) introduced “An Act To Increase the Value of Property Exempt from Attachment and Execution,” LD 737, which sought to dramatically change Maine’s exemption scheme. ...

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The Latest from OSHA on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 at Work

On the tails of updated guidance from other agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") released new pandemic-related guidance last month. This guidance was issued on June 10, 2021...

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Fifteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Fifteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...

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Escalation Clause: An escape from the price-spike trap

Anyone in real estate development would have to be living under a rock not to know about skyrocketing lumber and material prices in the “post”-pandemic world. Pre-pandemic, the average cost for 1,000 board feet...

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How to Avoid Misclassifying Your Employees Under the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act

What criteria are necessary to classify someone as an independent contractor and how can employers avoid misclassification and the repercussions that come with it? In this article, Preti Flaherty attorney and Mainebiz guest columnist John...

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Legislative Alert: Maine Legislature Adjourns!

The First Special Session of the 130 th Legislature finally adjourned on Monday night, July 19 th . As many of you may remember, the First Regular Session ended in March 30th when the...

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Preti Flaherty Attorneys Sig Schutz and Alex Harriman Assist with Amicus Brief in Defense of Maine's Anti-SLAPP Law

Serving as counsel for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and 14 other news media organizations, Preti Flaherty attorneys Sigmund Schutz and Alexandra Harriman filed with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court a...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys to our Boston, Massachusetts, office: Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes. Angelica joins the firm as an Associate in our Environmental Practice...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...