Curtis Y. Chow

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Curtis Y. Chow is a member of the Immigration, Cross-Border, and Employment Practice Groups of Ogletree Deakins, representing employers in all aspects of U.S. immigration law and compliance, as well as international employment matters.  Based in the Columbia, South Carolina office, Curtis represents clients across the United States and internationally in a broad range of industries, including technology, retail, manufacturing, automotive, air transportation, biotechnology/biopharmaceuticals, education, entertainment, and professional services.

Curtis’ practice focuses on global workforce mobility matters, including work permit, visa, residency, and compliance issues.  He regularly assists employers in planning and executing strategies to employ foreign nationals in the United States, as well as to transfer employees between multinational operations abroad. In relation to U.S. immigration matters, Curtis frequently handles temporary work visa matters (including H-1B, L-1, E-2, O-1, and TN visas amongst others), as well as employment-based permanent residence matters (including permanent residence based upon Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researcher, Multinational Manager/Executive, National Interest Waiver, and PERM-based permanent resident categories).  With regard to global mobility matters, Curtis frequently assists multinational companies with assigning employees to various international jurisdictions, and advises clients on a broad range of legal issues, including work permits, compliance with foreign labor and employment laws, and other related issues faced by companies with operations overseas.

In addition to his mobility and immigration practice, Curtis possesses a broad range of experience in immigration compliance matters, regularly counseling employers in I-9 and E-Verify issues, including internal audits, government investigation, general compliance issues, and immigration related discrimination issues.  In addition to assisting employers with proactive compliance measures, Curtis also defends companies in federal employment discrimination claims, including actions alleging discrimination, retaliation, and harassment.

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Business Immigration:

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.

Immigration Compliance:

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.


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.


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.


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Professional Activities

  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Immigration Committee and Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Columbia Opportunity Resource


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