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Immigration Law

Immigration law is a complex area of federal laws, regulations and policies which govern the procedures for entering and remaining in the United States.  The immigration laws define and create the processes which must be followed for permission to travel to the United States on a temporary basis for tourism, work, study or other reasons, as well as for seeking permanent resident or United States citizenship status.  The attorneys at Leonard, Sciolla, Hutchison, Leonard & Tinari, LLP have experience in handling a diverse array of immigration matters.

How Our Immigration Attorneys Can Help You

The immigration process can provide rewarding benefits to immigrants and non-immigrant visitors alike.  However, if the laws and procedures are not correctly followed, this can result in serious personal consequences to individuals and businesses making application under United States immigration law.  Our immigration practice provides support to both individuals and businesses in the following areas:

Individuals:

The firm represents individuals in a variety of immigrant and non-immigrant visa applications and proceedings.  Immigrant visa applications are applications that seek a path to permanent residency and/or United States citizenship in order to allow the applicant to remain in the United States on a permanent basis.  Non-immigrant visa applications are applications under which an applicant seeks permission to enter the United States on a temporary basis to accomplish a particular purpose (ex. tourism, education, business transaction), with the intent of returning to his or her home country.

The firm represents individuals for a variety of such visa applications, including the following:

  • Immigrant visa petitions
  • Fiancé/Spouse (K1/K3) visas
  • Applications for Permanent Resident Status (family or employment based)
  • Applications for Citizenship/Naturalization (family or employment based)
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications/renewals
  • Visa Waiver Program
  • Student visas
  • Employment-based visas (EB, H1-B and O visas)
  • Religious worker visas
  • Tourist visas
  • Business travel visas
  • Applications for change or extension of visa status

Businesses:

Businesses should obtain assistance in navigating the immigration process when they seek to employ a non-U.S. citizen worker on either a temporary or permanent basis.  Employment-based visa requirements may necessitate the involvement of other governmental agencies and regulatory bodies before the application can reach a successful conclusion.  Many employment-based visas, for instance, will require a Foreign Labor Certification from the United States Department of Labor to certify that the employer is unable to fill the position in which it seeks to place a foreign national from the available work force of United States citizens.  Compliance requirements do not end with the approval of the visa application and hiring of the foreign national.  For example, employers must maintain complete and current I-9 Forms and supporting documentation regarding an employee’s authorization to legally work in the United States.

Finally, businesses are also wise to obtain guidance regarding the requirements of any commitment they are making to the foreign national employee, be it for a temporary position or with an eye toward a permanent position and eventual sponsorship for permanent resident status.

The firm represents businesses on a number of immigration matters, including the following:

  • Foreign Labor/PERM Certification applications
  • Employment-based visas (EB, H1-B and O visas)
  • Investor/Employment creator based visas
  • Intra-company transfer visas
  • Business Travel visas
  • I-9 audits and compliance
  • Applications for change or extension of visa status

Contact Us

If you have questions or are in need of representation on an immigration matter, contact Leonard, Sciolla, Hutchison, Leonard & Tinari, LLP today by calling 215-567-1530.

Attorneys who practice Immigration Law: John J. Leonard, Esquire and Paul H. Schultz, Esquire

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