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The Brouse McDowell Immigration Practice Group team has over 20 years of legal experience with an entire range of U.S. business and family immigration matters and over 20 years of direct business experience, in the health care, aerospace, transportation, chemical, and manufacturing industries. As such, the Immigration Practice Group combines comprehensive knowledge of immigration law with a keen understanding of operations, business needs, market trends, and economics in highly technical industries.

Practice chair, Jeffrey Moeller, has 20 years of Immigration law experience. He also maintains a corporate general counsel and employment/human resources practice, representing manufacturing companies, software companies and non-profit institutions among others. He understands both the technical aspects of engineering and manufacturing employees’ skill sets, and works with human resources managers every day, not just when
immigration counsel is needed.

Our Immigration Practice Group has extensive experience in counseling and advising clients in the following areas and matter types:

  • PERM labor certifications, green card applications (I-140 and I-485), employment authorizations (I-765), advance parole applications (I-131), and H-1B applications for universities, non-profit entities, hospitals, international manufacturers, and businesses of all sizes — small, medium and large
  • L-1A, L-1B, and O-1 temporary work visas
  • EB-1, EB-2, and multinational executive or manager green cards
  • Foreign Medical Graduate J-1 waivers of foreign residency requirements
  • J-1 visa waivers of foreign residency requirements, based on persecution, hardship, no objection, and interested government agency requests
  • Extensive experience with I-130, I-751, N-600, N-600K, fiancé visas, and other family-based petitions, including consular post representation
  • Naturalization/citizenship applications (N-400), including interview preparation
  • H-4 dependent applications (I-539) and employment authorizations (I-765)
  • Corporate formation and subsidiary formation with a view toward qualifying business owners or key technical personnel for appropriate visa categories
  • Start-to-finish E-visa business plans for large and small business owners and investors, including entity selection, formation, business plan drafting and support, and visa applications
  • Extensive experience in all types of employer-side immigration matters, including I-9, hiring practices investigations and troubleshooting visa difficulties for critical foreign employees
  • Successful and creative problem solving with respect to the immigration issues affecting scientific researchers, university faculty, engineers, software developers and programmers, physicians, nurses, highly skilled but non-degreed technical personnel, entrepreneurs, religious workers, athletes and musical groups
  • Testimony as expert witness as to standard of care in immigration legal malpractice cases
  • Drafting employment agreements, personnel policies and procedures to comply with immigration laws and regulations respecting the hiring, retention and termination of employees
  • Representation in difficult naturalization cases, including administrative appeals and federal court challenges to citizenship denials or revocations
  • Analysis of potential immigration consequences of criminal proceedings, in conjunction with criminal defense counsel
  • Assisting with mergers and acquisitions, and related due diligence inquiries, when acquiring businesses with temporary foreign workers

Memberships:
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, AILA