Practice and Industry Groups

Matthew Kolodziej

Counsel New York City

Matthew Kolodziej has over ten years of experience helping companies and individuals obtain visas for investors (EB-5, E-2), skilled workers (H-1B, E-3, TN), and inter-company transferees (L). He advises clients on gaining permanent residence (a “green card”) based on labor certification (PERM), outstanding research, and extraordinary ability. He has assisted leading technology companies, media organizations, hospitals, financial institutions, think tanks, and non-profits with their international employee mobility needs and has litigated before the immigration agencies, the immigration courts, and the federal courts of appeals. Prior to joining Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart he was a Legislative Fellow with the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Washington, DC, where he provided legal and policy analysis of immigration reform legislation proposed by the 113th Congress. He is fluent in Spanish and French.


  • Obtained green cards for technology professionals through labor certification.
  • Obtained L-1 inter-company transferee visas for specialized employees and managers of a major international data storage company.
  • Obtained H-1B, TN, and E-3 non-immigrant visas for skilled workers.
  • Obtained immigrant visas for outstanding researchers and individuals of extraordinary ability.
  • Litigated on behalf of immigrants before the immigration courts, the immigration agencies, and the courts of appeals.
  • Won an appeal of a denial of a motion to reopen before the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit involving a high-skilled immigrant employee.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

Published Works


Our Insights

New Guidance Imposes Finding of Misrepresentation for Conduct Inconsistent With Visa Within 90 Days of Entry

September 27, 2017

Administration Considers Major Reductions in J-1 Cultural Exchange Program

September 01, 2017

U.S. Suspends Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance in Russia

August 23, 2017

Trump Begins “Extreme” Visa Vetting, New Questionnaire Requests 15 Years of Information and Social Media Info

June 10, 2017

State Department Orders U.S. Embassies to Apply Extra Scrutiny Before Issuing Visas to Certain “Population Sets”

April 05, 2017

Mind the Gap: Automatic Work Authorization Extensions Help Foreign National Employees Stay Productive Following EAD Expiration

March 29, 2017

BREAKING: Hawaii District Court Applies the Brakes to Second Version of President Trump’s Immigration Travel Ban

March 16, 2017

How to Respond When ACA Electronic Reporting Triggers Notification of an Incorrect TIN

September 26, 2016

U.S. Business Visitors Using the Visa Waiver Program May Soon Be Asked for Social Media Information

September 15, 2016

DUI Arrest Could Now Lead to Visa Revocation for Employees in U.S. Even Without a Conviction

August 23, 2016

Changes to Insurance Requirements for J-1 Visa Exchange Programs

May 20, 2015

New Policy May Provide Hope to Employers Frustrated by Historically High Denial Rates for High-Skilled Specialized Employee Transfers

March 31, 2015

State Department to Resume J-1 Visa Program Sponsor Site Visits

March 10, 2015

The Immigration State of the Union: Obama Declares “We’ve Got a System to Fix”

January 22, 2015

Bipartisan I-Squared Act Introduced to Reform Business Immigration System

January 22, 2015

Does the President Have the Power to Defer Deportation of Undocumented Immigrants?

November 17, 2014

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Courts Can Review the Consular Denial of a Visa Based on Marriage to a U.S. Citizen

November 14, 2014

I-94 Errors: How to Address Missing or Incorrect I-94 Cards

October 07, 2014

U.S. Diversity Visa Opens October 1, 2014, May Help Workers Obtain Residency More Quickly

September 30, 2014


Media Quotes

February 2015 - Inc. Magazine - "The Most Entrepreneurial Group in America Wasn't Born in America"
October 10, 2014 - - "This Immigration Scandal Drove a State Official to Suicide"
September 08, 2014 - - "Waits for Legal Immigration Can Be Very Long"