Provide comprehensive business immigration legal services – from initial consultation, to long-term strategic planning, to execution. Represent broad range of companies, from family businesses to Fortune 500 in obtaining temporary work visas and employment-based permanent residence for employees. Provide expertise in temporary visas (H-1B, L-1, E-2, E-3, O-1, TN, and B-1 visa), as well as employment-based permanent residence (all EB-1 categories, PERM-based categories, and National Interest Waivers). Extensive experience with obtaining “Outstanding Researcher” designation for employees in the biosciences and technology fields.
- Developed a comprehensive immigration strategy and counseled a multinational energy firm about relocating its entire research and development operating division to the United States from abroad.
- Obtained numerous O-1 visas and green cards on the basis of Extraordinary Ability or Outstanding Researcher designation on behalf of: professors, microbiologists, semiconductor engineers, biostatisticians, physicians, epidemiologists, computer architecture engineers, materials scientists, environmental scientists, performing artists, business persons, and in one instance, a barista.
- Regularly handles H-1B and L-1 visa matters, and counsels employers on strategic and practical considerations of the same. Experienced identifying government adjudication patterns and proactively preparing filings to conform to government expectations, as well as overcoming challenging requests for additional evidence.
Counsel employers in I-9 and E-Verify employment eligibility issues, including internal audits, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice investigations, general compliance issues, and immigration-related discrimination matters. Manage national-scale audits, provide risk assessments, and targeted advice for corrective action in connection with the same.
- Developed policy and training materials for multiple Fortune 500 companies, including comprehensive I-9 E-Verify compliance protocols, audit and correction procedures, and training presentations. Curtis has also conducted several large multi-state/national internal I-9 audits on behalf of employers.
- Achieved a zero-fine “Warning Notice” on behalf of an employer in connection with an I-9 investigation initiated by the Department of Homeland Security, involving a workforce of more than 60% unauthorized workers.
Advise multinational companies regarding a broad range of international legal issues, including global workforce mobility, compliance with foreign labor and employment laws, extraterritorial application of U.S. employment laws, and other ancillary issues faced by companies with operations overseas. Manage international projects involving local counsel from all over the world, synthesizing complex, multi-jurisdictional information into simple, concise, and practical guidance for clients. Advise clients regarding international workforce mobility projects, and oversee execution of work permit/visa strategies in various international jurisdictions.
- Prepared comprehensive legal overviews addressing employment, immigration, and payroll laws for jurisdictions all over the world, including: Brunei, East Timor, Gabon, Greenland, Guyana, Ivory Coast, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, and Vietnam.
- Managed outbound immigration matters and work permit matters to jurisdictions outside of the United States, including Australia, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Turkey.
Defend clients in federal employment discrimination claims, including actions alleging discrimination, retaliation, and harassment (Title VII, ADEA, ADAAA, EPA, and IRCA). Prepare and advise concerning sufficiency of employment and severance contracts. Provide clients with risk assessments and guidance concerning policy implementation and enforcement, disciplinary action, termination, and potential employment-related torts.
- Obtained multiple “no cause” findings from the EEOC and Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Unfair-Immigration Related Employment Practices in connection with employment and immigration discrimination claims.