- Jun. 24, 2020 Executive Order Challenges the Business Community
- Jun. 22, 2020/Jun. 23, 2020 Several Work Visas Suspended and Key Points From the Executive Order
- Apr. 23, 2020 “Presidential Proclamation Suspending the Entry of Certain Immigrants into the United States” – Downloadable Fact Sheet
- Mar. 23, 2020 Suspension of Routine Visa Services
- Mar. 20, 2020 USCIS Suspends Premium Processing
- Mar. 19, 2020 Routine US Visa Services in All Countries with a Level of 2, 3, or 4 Suspended
- Mar. 18, 2020 USCIS Suspends In-Person Services
- Mar. 16, 2020 All Non-detained Master Calendar Hearings Between 3/16-4/10 are Postponed
- Mar. 12, 2020 COVID-19: Guidance for SEVP Students
Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s Immigration practice is dedicated to providing legal representation to individuals, families and businesses with a wide range of U.S. Immigration law needs. Our team has expertise in corporate/business immigration, including non-immigrant and immigrant visa matters, family-based immigration, consular processing, adjustment of status or permanent residence, U.S Citizenship or naturalization, removal and relief, immigrant and non-immigrant waivers of inadmissibility, and appeals before the Board of Immigration of Appeals. We also handle asylum and government compliance matters in a complex and constantly changing U.S. immigration environment.
Our Immigration practice serves a diverse range of clients from multinational corporations to start-up companies. We have the experience across a wide range of industries including IT, biotech, security, cybersecurity, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail, banking, healthcare, entertainment, food and beverage, construction, beauty and many other fields concerning companies around the world. In addition, we represent numerous universities, embassies, religious organizations, and non-profit entities. Our team offers highly personalized legal services and customer-focused representation allowing us to craft unique and creative solutions to each client we represent.
Areas of Immigration Practice
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) makes basic distinctions between immigrant and non-immigrant classifications regarding the length of stay and permissible activities. Our team works on both non-immigrant and immigrant visas helping our clients achieve their goals.
Non-immigrant visas are for international travelers coming to the United States temporarily. The non-immigrant alien may remain only until a predetermined date and may engage only in activities allowed for the assigned non-immigrant classification under INA 101(a)(15). Non-immigrant visa classification is defined by immigration law and relates to the principal purpose of travel. In order for an individual and or company to come to the United States lawfully as a non-immigrant to work temporarily in the United States, a prospective employer must file a non-immigrant visa petition with USCIS.
The non-immigrant visas are designed for international travelers or foreign nationals wishing to enter the Unites States temporarily. This visa allows the individual to travel to the United States’ port of entry and request permission from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to enter the United States. Foreign nationals or international travelers come to the United States for a variety of reasons, those include tourism, business, medical treatment, and temporary work.
Immigrant visas are issued to foreign nationals who intend to live permanently in the United States and who have a relative who is a citizen of the United States or is a lawful resident. Immigrant visas can also be granted to a prospective employer and those who have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa.
We represent employers with U.S. immigration law legal needs. We work with employers who wish to sponsor skilled workers for non-immigrant visas, including H-1B, I, E, L, O, TN, Q, R and P visas.
Our firm specializes in filing the following employment-based petitions:
- B- Visas: Tourist Visas
- E Visas: Treaty/Trader visas (E-1, E2 & E3)
- H 1B Visas: Specialty Occupation Visas
- H-4 Visas: Dependent Visa for H-1 Family Holders
- I Visas: Foreign Press/ Media Visas
- L Visas: Intra-Company Transfer Visas
- O Visas: Extraordinary Ability Visas
- P Visas- Internationally recognized athletes and entertainers
- Q Visas: Visas for those participating in an international cultural exchange
- R Visas: Religious Worker Visas
- TN Visas: Visas for professionals from Canada and Mexico
- EAD – Employment Authorization Document
- Advance Parole
We work with our clients to assess their needs, both short and long term, to identify the best legal strategy to meet their unique challenges.
Investor Visas and Business Expansion
We represent businesses, investors and entrepreneurs looking to apply for visas to start or expand their business in the United States. We assess their goals, investment, and their timeline to develop a strategy that meet their unique circumstances.
The investor visas and business expansion include:
- E Visas: Treaty/Trader visas (E-1, E2)
- C5 Employment creation outside a targeted area
- T5 Employment creation in a targeted rural/high unemployment area
- R5 Investor Pilot Program not in a targeted area
- I5 Investor Pilot Program in a targeted area
We represent families with a variety of U.S. immigration law needs. We assist U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents sponsor their spouses, fiance’s, parents, and children to obtain permanent residence in the Unites States.
- K-1, K2/K- 3, K-4 Visa for Fiancé(e) and Children /Spouse and Children of the U.S. citizen
United States Citizenship
We represent those seeking to become United States citizens. Clients who are lawful Permanent Residents applying for naturalization before the USCIS.
- Naturalization applications
- Passport applications
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad
- Certificate of Citizenship
Our team helps United States citizens apply for U.S. Citizenship/Naturalization, United States passports, Certificates of Citizenship and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad including complicated cases involving parents or grandparents’ U.S. physical presence requirement, children born out of wedlock, and more.
Waivers & Admissibility
We represent foreign nationals who were previously barred (inadmissible) from the United States for different reasons, including health related grounds of inadmissibility, prior immigration violations, and more.
- Non-immigrant Waivers
- Immigration Waivers
- Travel Ban Waivers
We can assist with immigrant and non-immigrant waivers of inadmissibility filed with Embassies and Consulates around the world, through USCIS field offices around the United States, and through the immigration courts. Because of the complicated nature of waiver applications, we work with each client to develop a customized strategy for his or her case, taking into consideration their unique circumstances to prepare the strongest possible application.
We represent individuals who are seeking asylum in the United States through affirmative asylum processing with the USCIS.
USCIS Service Centers and the National Benefits Center process applications and petitions from the different jurisdictional regions of the U.S.:
- California Service Center
- Nebraska Service Center
- Texas Service Center
- Vermont Service Center
- National Benefits Center in Missouri
Depending on the number of applications or petitions files with a Service Center, the processing times of the different Service Centers may vary. The USCIS issues periodic processing time reports for each Service Center. Follow the link below to access the most recent processing time reports:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- USCIS Forms and Fees
- USCIS Field Offices
- USCIS Compilation of Laws, Regulations and Guides
Department of Labor / Employment Issues:
- Department of Labor
- Regional and Local Office Information
- O*NET Dictionary of Occupational Titles
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
Department of State / Consular Issues:
- U.S. Department of State
- Visa Services
- Visa Bulletin
- Visa Fees and Reciprocity Tables
- U.S. Embassy and Consulate Information
- Foreign Affairs Manual & Foreign Affairs Handbooks
- Foreign Entry Requirements for Traveling Overseas
- Foreign Embassies in Washington, D.C.