Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s Immigration practice is dedicated to helping the most talented individuals and business establish themselves in the United States. Our team at the firm has an expertise in Corporate Immigration, Green Card Petitions, Family Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship cases and Asylum work. Our Immigration Partner leads our extremely talented team here at DBL with more than 30 years of experience. Our practice serves a diverse range of clients from multinational corporations to start-up companies. Our team has experience across a wide range of industries including: IT, biotech, security, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail, banking, healthcare, entertainment, food and beverage, construction, beauty, cyber security and countless other fields for companies around the world. In addition, we represent numerous universities, embassies, religious organizations, and other non-profit entities. We also handle asylum and government compliance matters. In a complex U.S. immigration environment, our team provides high quality, sophisticated and customer focused representation in the areas of corporate immigration, family immigration, citizenship, asylum and other related matters.
Areas of Immigration Practice:
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) makes basic distinctions between immigrant aliens and nonimmigrant aliens with regard to length of stay and permissible activities.
Nonimmigrant visas are for international travelers coming to the United States temporarily. The nonimmigrant alien may remain only until a predetermined date and may engage only in activities allowed for the assigned nonimmigrant classification under INA 101(a)(15). Nonimmigrant 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 nonimmigrant to work temporarily in the United States a prospective employer must file a nonimmigrant visa petition with USCIS.
Our firm specializes in filing the following Petitions:
- B- Visas: Tourist Visas
- E Visas: Treaty/Trader visas
- H 1B Visas: Specialty Occupation Visas
- I Visas: Foreign Press/ Media Visas
- L-1 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
A foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. Family based immigrant visas can be through marriage, children, or parents of a U.S. citizen. Our team are seasoned experts in filing Immigrant visa petitions with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.
Citizenship and Naturalization
While most people and countries use the terms “citizenship” and “nationality” interchangeably, U.S. law differentiates between the two [ as defined by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)]. Under current law all U.S. citizens are also U.S. nationals, but not all U.S. nationals are U.S. citizens.
Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national. Our team at DBL helps our clients achieve naturalization and then U.S. citizenship.
An asylee is an individual who is currently in the United States or at a port of entry who is found to be unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of nationality, or to seek protection in the United States due to a well-founded fear of persecution. Persecution or the fear thereof must be based on the alien’s race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
We are proud that our Partner Gerald LeMelle who leads our practice, is an expert in the field of Asylum. He is committed and works tirelessly to obtain the legal presence of these individuals who have escaped persecution.
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Our individual and corporate clients rely on our legal expertise to help navigate the complex systems of the U.S. immigration system, laws and regulations. It is critical to work with a team of established Immigration attorneys, experts and staff who you trust and know will handle your case to the best of their abilities. Our immigration team at Dunlap, Bennett & Ludwig is committed successfully handling the immigration needs of our corporate and individual clients.