In an increasingly globalized economy with international workforces, Wiggin and Dana's Immigration and Nationality Law and Compliance Practice Group works with employers to navigate complex immigration and naturalization laws, to best utilize their greatest resource: their people. For over 35 years, we have been assisting regional, national, and international businesses; educational institutions; and community organizations with facilitating the movement and relocation of employees, new hires, and their families to the U.S., as well as assisting with the international transfer of U.S. employees. We provide comprehensive services in business-based U.S. immigration and nationality law, employer compliance, and global work visas.
The firm's immigration team works closely with in-house counsel, human resources personnel, executives, and managers to enable them to provide their employees with the benefit of immigration sponsorship. We recognize the practical business importance of this process to employers, as well as its personal importance to employees, and we try to ease the stress caused by a system that leaves much to the discretion of reviewing officers and government processing timelines. For a given employer, we create a customized immigration strategy for its employees, to address both short-term and long-term goals. Each client receives our careful attention to ensure that all employees maintain uninterrupted lawful status, while all employers are well-versed on, and prepared to adhere to, all compliance matters, visa intent issues, and general visa criteria.
We understand that "immigration" counsel is not restricted to visas and application forms. Our firm is skilled in advising on related issues that often arise, including employment-based immigration strategy, taking into account mergers, acquisitions, and other changes in structure; dual representation of employers and employees; the transition through various visa statuses; termination of employees; tax concerns; export controls; and I-9 compliance.
Our immigration team has demonstrated success in all the stages of immigration listed below:
- Securing non-immigrant visas for employees working temporarily in the U.S.
- Obtaining permanent residence status for foreign employees through labor certifications and/or priority worker petitions for multinational executives and managers, outstanding researchers, and individuals of extraordinary ability.
- Guiding U.S. permanent residents who wish to naturalize and become U.S. citizens.
- Assisting organizations with the international transfer of U.S. employees.
We also are available to work with individuals who wish to submit family-based petitions.
Wiggin and Dana is dedicated to providing clients with innovative, efficient, and cost-effective immigration solutions.