Our attorneys help employers address the many immigration-related issues they face when recruiting and retaining a skilled, legally compliant workforce.


Known for our proactive, consultative approach, we help clients navigate the complex laws and legal processes surrounding immigration, including issues related to:

  • Employment-based visas
  • Workplace enforcement and defense
  • Form I-9 compliance
  • DOL labor condition application compliance
  • Freedom of Information Act requests
  • Other immigration matters, including appeals of visa denials and waivers

Employment-Based Visas

We guide employers through the complicated processes necessary to obtain immigrant (permanent residence) and nonimmigrant (temporary) status for executives and managers, individuals of exceptional ability, business visitors, workers in specialty occupations, trainees and entrepreneurs, and others. Common visa types include:

  • TN: NAFTA professional
  • B1/B2: Temporary Business Visitor
  • L: Intra company transfer and New Office
  • H-1B: Foreign professionals in "specialty occupations"
  • E: Treaty Trader/Investor
  • O: Extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences

Workplace Enforcement and Defense and I-9 Compliance

When preventative measures are not an option, we counsel businesses targeted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for inspections and raids. We have repeated experience guiding employers through I-9 inspections, asserting our clients’ rights during worksite raids, and mitigating risk during investigations. Our efficient and reliable process for conducting I-9 audits has been tested and trusted by leading businesses in key sectors, including manufacturing, food and agriculture, temporary staffing, and publishing.

Our Attorneys:

  • Represent global and local companies in obtaining and retaining highly skilled workers and transferring key international personnel to the United States
  • Guide businesses through worksite visits and assist in appealing Notices of Intent to Fine
  • Conclude enforcement actions by the ICE and the DOL’s Labor Wage and Hour Division
  • Conduct Form I-9 audits and advise on immigration compliance for private equity groups with respect to mergers and acquisitions of their holdings
  • Protect businesses from employer sanctions under the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which prohibits employers from hiring, recruiting, or referring for a fee individuals known to be unauthorized to work in the United States
  • Advise on immigration matters, including naturalization, student placement and exchange programs, appeals of visa denials, and foreign worker employment issues, including termination, transfer, discrimination, and harassment
  • Track the ever-changing immigration laws so that we can maximize the effective representation of our clients and ensure that they receive updated and accurate advice

Contacts

Dennis K. Burke
Of Counsel
Tel 602.798.5484
burked@ballardspahr.com

Maya Salah
Associate
Tel 612.371.3213
salahm@ballardspahr.com