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Miller Canfield's dedicated immigration team provides comprehensive U.S. and outbound immigration services and solutions for any business. Our team understands global business and provides guidance on obtaining and moving personnel between facilities or around the world. Most services are completed on a flat legal fee basis, which allows clients to budget accordingly. We excel at obtaining and/or extending all types of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for individuals, such as:

  • H-1B for professionals
  • L-1A/L-1B for intra-company transferees
  • E-1/E-2 for treaty investors and traders
  • TN for Canadian and Mexican citizens
  • B-1/B-2 for business visitors and tourists
  • P for athletes and entertainers
  • O-1 for individuals with extraordinary ability
  • Employment-based permanent residents, aka "green cards"
  • U.S. citizenship for qualified individuals
  • EB-5 for immigrant investors
  • Global (outbound) immigration visas

Compliance Audits

Miller Canfield offers immigration audits to protect clients from the potential risks and liability of failing to comply with federal immigration regulations. These audits are important for any company that may be audited by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or is involved in a merger or acquisition transaction. Compliance services include conducting in-house immigration audits; I-9 completion, compliance and training; LCA file compliance; and assistance in the development of immigration-related compliance policies.

HR Training

As an additional client service, Miller Canfield conducts training for legal departments, human resources and management personnel. The training provides an overview of visa categories, addresses compliance issues and covers basic document recognition. Participants achieve a greater understanding of the immigration process, and clients subsequently can handle immigration issues more efficiently and effectively.

  • Corporate Restructuring 
    Advised and assisted automotive supplier during corporate restructuring to prepare and implement strategy to maintain work authorization and I-9 compliance for thousands of employees. 

    Advised large global engineering and technology firm on immigration consequences of corporate spin-off.
  • Hiring and Retaining Foreign Workers
    Created strategy and managed successful transfer of hundreds of foreign employees hired as consultants to direct hire for major financial services provider.
  • Global Mobility
    Performed management assessment and implementation of large-scale global mobility program on behalf of Tier 1 Automotive employer by managing relocation, tax and immigration and other legal considerations.
  • I-9 and E-Verify Compliance 
    Assisted large engineering services corporation with nationwide internal I-9 audit: prepared and conducted training for HR and management staff on best I-9 practices and implementation of E-Verify.

    Serve as lead counsel to major I-9 electronic software solutions provider.
  • Immigration Case Management
    Manage nonimmigrant, immigrant and global visa services needs for multiple large multinational corporations.
  • Employment Compliance 
    Develop immigration policy and employer handbook sections on sponsorship for immigration benefits to protect U.S. employers from exposure to liability for non-compliance.
  • Start-Up and Entrepreneurs 
    Support immigration aspects of obtaining work authorization and securing financing compliance for new business growth from foreign sources.

    Advised visa strategies for Asian Tier-1 automotive parts company to establish U.S. manufacturing facilities and successfully obtain work authorization and visas for executive, management and specialized support team to join U.S. operations.
  • Overturn Adverse Decisions
    Obtained numerous successful decisions on appeals and motions to reopen through filings with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Consular Services
    Facilitated expedited processing of treaty trader and investor company registration to ensure E visa employees approval timely to avoid delays in start-up operations in U.S.
  • Individual Immigration Matters
    Secure visas and admission to the U.S. for various dependent family members of foreign workers filing to join in the U.S.