Immigration

Experienced Immigration Lawyers

 

Speak with an Attorney today. Call us at 617-752-2371 email team@tflawllc.com or visit our contact page to get started.

 

For the vast majority of unauthorized immigrants in the United States, there is no readily available pathway to legal status. Acquiring lawful permanent residence (a green card) is generally available only through four routes: employment, family ties, refugee or asylee processing, and the diversity lottery. For those who do not qualify for a green card, there may be options to obtain temporary visas for work or educational purposes. Each of these routes is subject to specific limitations and obstacles (e.g., number of visas available, eligibility requirements, and limits by country). Tempus Fugit Law LLC’s experienced attorneys have the knowledge to assist with these complexities. We deal with a wide-range of immigration cases from removal-defense, to family-based petitions and employment-based visa options and have the skills to know how best to approach your case.

We can help you solve and achieve your immigration dreams by:

 

• Thoroughly analyzing all the facts and details of your case
• Efficiently explaining all relevant and viable options
• Recommending the best solutions for obtaining legal status
• Aiding in the completion and submission of your applications
• Keeping you constantly updated with the status of your case
• Keeping abreast of current new laws that may affect you
• Effectively representing you in court or speaking on your behalf with the Department of Homeland Security and the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Boston Immigration Attorneys

 

Are you a young international student, entrepreneur, or founder of a tech start-up searching for immigration solutions to work legally in the U.S?

 

At Tempus Fugit, we aim to provide solutions to those “techies” and new business owners who come to the U.S as students, business visitors, or highly specialized workers, and now aim to remain in the U.S to start their own company. When it comes to determining whether or not your current start-up idea merits a pathway to a work visa or greencard, Tempus Fugit lawyers aim to guide you from point A to point Z. We combine the minds of our business attorneys with our immigration attorneys to help you lay the foundations for creating your business (business formation, choice of entity, shareholder agreements and operating agreements) and then advise you about your best options for employment-based visas.

 

Speak with an Attorney today. Call us at 617-752-2371 email team@tflawllc.com or visit our contact page to get started.

 

 

Here are a few examples of employment-based cases we work on:

Case Study 1: E-2 Non-Immigrant Visa Treaty Investor: E-Cigarette Franchise

 

Boston E-2 Visa Investor

Client, a foreign national from Australia, entered the U.S on an F-1 visa to complete a graduate program in Business Operations. After completing his coursework, he applied for Optical Practical Training to begin an internship at the headquarters of a growing E-Cigarette company. At the end of his internship program, he was given the opportunity to open his own franchise in Massachusetts. As his OPT was ending, he needed to find a visa that would allow him to establish a successful franchise. He came to Tempus Fugit seeking answers. We suggested he apply for an E-2 Non-Immigrant Visa for investors. This visa provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to add to the U.S job market. As a citizen of a country that is a party to the investor treaty with the U.S, the client only needed a business plan and investment capital to begin the process for his E-2 Visa. He was able to successfully demonstrate that his business would be successful, adding positively to the U.S economy, and that he could hire U.S workers. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services granted his E-2 visa. Now he works for himself, running his e-cigarette business and adding to the U.S job market.

 

 

Case Study 2: Employment Based Immigration: EB-3 Visa: The Tennis Club

 

Client, a Tennis Club in the Midwest, hired us to begin the process of bringing one of their managers from Mexico. Their employee had previously been working on a TN visa as a Mexican citizen. Because she needed a more permanent visa option, she decided to seek the help of an immigration lawyer. We suggested that the Tennis Club sponsor her for an employment based immigration visa in the third preference category. As a professional with a bachelor's degree, she met the qualifications for the EB-3. The company elected to go through the labor certification process to determine that there are no other U.S workers suitable for the job. After the labor certification was approved, the individual's qualifications were vetted. After that, she was able to consular process by attending an interview at the U.S embassy.

Boston EB-3 Visa

 

 

Case Study 3: O-1 Visa: The Wedding Singer

 

Boston MA O-1 Visa

Client was a well-known traditional Somalian singer popular in many countries in East Africa. He was hired to perform at a wedding in Boston, Massachusetts. As one who has achieved a level of recognition in the arts and entertainment industry, he was eligible to apply for an O-1 visa. O-1s are given to foreign nationals who have demonstrated extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, athletics, the arts, or in the motion picture or television industries to visit the U.S temporarily to work in the field. As a musician who has received many awards and maintained a level of success to demonstrate his fame, he was able to apply for temporary work to perform at the Boston summer wedding.

 

Speak with an Attorney today. Call us at 617-752-2371 email team@tflawllc.com or visit our contact page to get started.

 

We Specialize In:

 

 

Non-Immigrant Visas

 

B-1 Visa:

  • Short-term Visitor for Business (6 months)
 

B-2 Visa:

  • Short-Term Visitor for Pleasure
  • Short course of study, incidental
  • Recreational
 

F-1 Visa:

  • Student Visa: Academic studies, ranging from elementary through postdoctoral.
 

H1-B Visa:

  • Specialty Occupation
    • Requires minimum of Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent
    • Employer must initiate application
 

L-1 Visa:

  • Intra-company relationship: parent company, affiliate or subsidiary abroad
  • Requires qualification as manager, executive, or specialized employee.
 

O-1 Visa:

  • Requires extraordinary ability in science, business or the arts.
 

NAFTA-TN Visa:

  • Visas for citizens of Canada and Mexico who are professionals performing in certain occupations.
 

E-1, 2 Visa:

  • Visas for those seeking to develop or direct operations of an enterprise in which s/he has invested.
  • Or persons entering the U.S as a key employee in executive, supervisory or “essential worker” capacity
 

J-1 Visa:

  • Exchange Visitor Program
  • Administered by Dept. of State
 

K Visa:

  • Fiancé Visa
 

U- Visa:

  • Person may apply for this visa if they have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a victim of criminal activity who has been helpful to authorities.
 

T-Visa:

  • Person may apply for this visa if they have suffered as a victim of trafficking.
 
 

Immigrant Petitions

 

Green card:

  • If you have close family members in the United States, they may be able to petition for you to receive U.S lawful permanent residence, otherwise known as a “green card.” How quickly you can get the green card depends on the closeness of your relationship to the family member.
 

Naturalization:

Under U.S. immigration law, citizens of foreign countries can become U.S. citizens through the immigration process known as naturalization. The requirements for naturalization include:

  • Continuous residence
  • Physical presence in the United States
  • Ability to read, write, and speak English (in most cases)
  • Knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government
  • Good moral character
  • Belief in the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. government
 

Removal Defense:

If you are currently in immigration removal proceedings, you may qualify for the following applications for relief:

  • Asylum
  • Withholding of removal
  • Convention against torture
  • Temporary protected status
 

Waivers:

If you have been in the U.S for a certain period of time without lawful status, you may qualify for a waiver

  • I-212
  • I-601
  • I-601A
 
 

I-9 Services

 

The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 requires US employers to verify the employment eligibility and identity of their employees. The IRCA created criminal and civil sanctions for employers who fail to abide by its provisions. The Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) division works in tandem with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enforce the IRCA. The Form I-9 is the document by which the government monitors the legal status of a business’ employees.

Under the current administration, we are seeing an increase in work-site enforcement. ICE has begun making routine raids on workplaces demanding to see employees’ immigration documents and making arrests. As a penalty for employing individuals illegally, businesses are being penalized with hefty fines for non-compliance. Penalties for knowingly hiring or continuing to employ undocumented individuals, range from $375 to $16,000 per violation, with repeat offenders receiving penalties, at the higher end. Penalties for substantive violations, such as failing to produce a Form I-9, range from $110 to $1,100 per violation. In some cases, non-compliance may lead to criminal charges being filed for pattern or practice violations.

In anticipation of the increased enforcement procedures caused by the current administration, we recommend all employers review their I-9 files annually and have them inspected by an immigration attorney. We offer our extensive services in corporate compliance and policy development. Our standard I-9 compliance services include:

 
  • Risk assessment and avoidance
  • Internal and Third Party I-9 audits
  • Human Resources Procedure Training
  • Policy and Procedure Review
  • Assistance with Government Investigations
 

Please contact our office if we can be of any assistance in ensuring that all your company's I-9s are compliant with U.S. employment and immigration laws.

   

EB-5 Program

   

Ten Things To Consider Before Hiring An Immigration Attorney

 
  1. Research the Lawyer
    You can save a lot of headache if you do a bit of research about your attorney before meeting with them. When selecting a good immigration attorney, you should first find out if the person is licensed to practice law. The attorney should be a good-standing member of their state bar association (a requirement to practicing law). It is also helpful to determine if your attorney is part of a well-known professional organization like, the American Immigration Lawyers' Association (AILA).

  2. Interview your short list
    After gathering a list of potential lawyers, take the time to set up a consultation. Ask them questions specifically related to your case. Immigration law is a broad specialty that encompasses many areas. Make sure your attorney has knowledge of the type of petition or relief you are seeking.

  3. Get references
    Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find a good lawyer. Reach out to your colleagues, family and friends to see if they know any immigration attorneys. Even if they haven't encountered immigration problems themselves, they may be able to connect you with someone they know who has retained the services of an immigration lawyer.

  4. Don’t Bargain Hunt
    Your time is precious. If you waste time searching for the cheapest lawyer, you could end up spending thousands of dollars on someone who doesn’t know what they are doing, only to end up going somewhere else to get the first attorney’s mess “cleaned-up.”

    Do your research as to what is the average cost of your process, and pick the attorney you feel most comfortable working with. This may or may not be the one who has the lowest prices.

  5. Negotiate fixed fees
    Most immigration attorneys have set prices for standard procedures such as filing for naturalization, attending an asylum interview, or responding to a request for evidence. If your case is pretty straightforward, try to get a feel for the average cost of your process by the lawyers in your area. Being well-equipped with your research before you go into a consultation, can save you time and money.

  6. Be Careful of Lawyers Who Solicit
    You may see immigration attorneys who hang around Immigration Court or USCIS looking to solicit business. This is a very unethical practice. Make sure to avoid attorneys who get their business this way.

  7. Meet with a Real Lawyer—not a “Notario” or “Visa Consultant”
    Only lawyers are allowed to practice law in the United States. Unfortunately, many people who think they know how to fill out immigration petitions, think they know the ends-and-outs of immigration law. There are individuals who are public notaries or lawyers in other countries, but have no ability to practice law here. Make sure the person you end up working with actually has a law degree.

  8. Ability to communicate
    Some lawyers speak strictly “legalese.” Make sure you find someone who takes the time to explain all the finite details with you in a language you can understand.

  9. Availability
    How accessible is your attorney? Can you find someone who will be available for a conference or will respond in a timely manner to your phone calls or emails? Make sure you evaluate their communication skills before you make your decision.

  10. Pick Someone You Can Trust
    After going through this check list of do’s and don’ts, focus on selecting someone you like, respect and trust. The outcome of your immigration case may change your life –for the better or worst. Focus on finding someone who is fully invested in resolving your problems.

 

 

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Our trusted attorneys have experience in obtaining permanent and/or temporary status with the following types of visa applications:

 

 

 

Immigration Visas:


EB-2 WORKERS WITH EXCEPTIONAL ABILITY IN THE SCIENCES, ARTS OR BUSINESS
EB-3 SKILLED WORKERS AND PROFESSIONALS
EB-1 FOREIGN NATIONALS OF EXTRAORDINARY ABILITY
EB-1 OUTSTANDING PROFESSORS AND RESEARCHERS
EB-1 MULTINATIONAL EXECUTIVES AND MANAGERS
EB-2 WORKERS WITH ADVANCED DEGREES
EB-4 SPECIAL IMMIGRANT VISAS FOR RELIGIOUS WORKERS
EB-5 INVESTORS

 

 

 

Non-Immigration Visas:

 

E-1 / E-2 TREATY TRADER AND INVESTOR VISAS
H-1B SPECIALTY OCCUPATION (PROFESSIONAL) VISAS
J-1 AND Q-1 EXCHANGE VISITOR VISAS
L-1 INTRA-COMPANY TRANSFER VISAS
O-1 EXTRAORDINARY ABILITY WORKER VISAS
P-1 ARTISTS AND ATHLETES VISAS
R-1 RELIGIOUS WORKER VISAS
TN STATUS UNDER THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
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