Cullen and Dykman LLP’s immigration group, composed of a team of experienced practitioners and paralegals, represents clients on a wide range of immigration and nationality issues. The group handles all aspects of immigration matters as they pertain to corporations, processes immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions and gives day-to-day practical and legal advice on a host of immigration issues.
Nonimmigrant Visa Petitions
The Cullen and Dykman LLP immigration group is well-experienced in the filing and processing of nonimmigrant petitions on behalf of corporations looking to employ foreign workers. On an annual basis, the group files and processes hundreds of nonimmigrant visa petitions for its clientele. The group has tremendous experience in handling all phases of the H-1B visa process, including the filing and submission of Labor Condition Applications to the U.S. Department of Labor, drafting all necessary United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) forms and working with human resources departments and petition beneficiaries to ensure a smooth application process from start to finish.
Immigrant Visa Petitions/Lawful Permanent Residence
The Cullen and Dykman LLP immigration group has significant experience in filing labor certification applications, applications for permanent residence and applications to adjust status for our clients interested in sponsoring employees for permanent residence. Our attorneys and paralegals are very familiar with every employment-based permanent residence option available to foreign employees including applications for permanent residence requiring a labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor, Outstanding Professor or Researcher applications for permanent residence (no labor certification required), applications for permanent residence for Aliens of Extraordinary Ability (no labor certification required) and Special Handling, a permanent residence option only available to college and university professors and researchers with some teaching duties.
Student Immigration Issues
The Cullen and Dykman LLP immigration group is regularly involved with the multitude of issues involved with student visas with each of the Firm’s higher education clients. Almost daily, our attorneys are in contact with campus International Student Advisors to handle varied issues with respect to student visas, including eligibility for F visa status, employment by students in F visa status and availability of optional practical training (OPT). The group is heavily involved with assisting the Firm’s higher education clients with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), the USCIS’ web-based student tracking program that was pushed to the forefront as part of the USA PATRIOT Act that was enacted following the September 11th attacks.
Immigration-Related Employment Issues
In addition to processing nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions on behalf of its clients interested in employing foreign workers, the Cullen and Dykman LLP immigration group is regularly involved with filing Applications for Employment Authorization, advising clients on appropriate verification and reverification procedures involved with the INS’ Form I-9 and counseling clients on basic anti-discrimination requirements that must be adhered to in the general hiring process. Finally, the immigration group frequently advises and assists clients with immigration-related taxation issues including proper withholding from nonimmigrant employees, interpreting Tax Treaties in existence between the United States and foreign countries and assisting with applications for Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN).
Professional Education and Development
It is undeniable that the immigration and naturalization field looks entirely different today than it did on September 10, 2001. The Cullen and Dykman LLP immigration group is vigilant in keeping abreast of the latest developments in this dynamic and evolving field of law. Our lawyers are active members in professional organizations such as the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and speak and write about numerous topics related to the immigration field. In addition, the firm subscribes to numerous reporters, treatises and bulletins that keep the immigration group apprised of the developments and changes which will have an impact on the intentions and practices of its clients.
Full Service and a Centralized Process
The Cullen and Dykman LLP immigration group prides itself on the full service that it provides to its clients in order to meet their immigration and naturalization needs. The attorneys and paralegals in the group engage in day-to-day contact with and are readily available to the firm’s clients’ human resources personnel to answer all immigration-related questions, provide information on the latest immigration regulations and statutes and to provide advice on the number of immigration issues facing corporations with foreign employees.