Miguel A. Manna

Of Counsel || Raleigh

As a native of Venezuela, Miguel has experienced the benefits of immigration first hand. From an early age, Miguel travelled the world, living at times in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Panama and Ecuador before settling in the U.S. That early exposure sparked an interest in him about the laws and processes that govern global mobility … and open up a world of opportunity.

Today, Miguel represents clients of all sizes and across a wide variety of industries, including health care, higher education, technology, and banking and finance. Whether they are Global Fortune 500 companies or emerging start-ups based exclusively in the U.S., Miguel is focused on providing customized client services tailored to each client’s specific business needs and culture. He partners with legal, human resource and talent acquisition departments to develop and implement first class corporate immigration programs and to evaluate existing practices in light of emerging trends and changing governmental requirements.

Recognizing that talent has no borders, Miguel has dedicated his career to helping employers secure the workforce they need to succeed. He has extensive experience in both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, including:

  • Temporary work visas with a particular emphasis on specialty occupation workers (H-1B and E-3), intracompany transferees (L-1), aliens of extraordinary ability (O-1), treaty traders and investors (E-1/E-2), and NAFTA professional workers (TN); and
  • Employment-based green cards for multinational managers and individuals of extraordinary ability including professors and researchers (EB-1) and those that require the PERM labor certification process (EB-2 and EB-3).

Miguel is adept at developing strategies for and managing PERM labor certifications. He has successfully helped clients increase their approval rates and minimize their risk for requests for evidence, denials and audits by creating targeted visa sponsorship eligibility assessment programs. In addition, Miguel has hands-on experience helping clients manage the immigration implications of corporate acquisitions and restructuring, reductions in force and related employment matters such as I-9 compliance.

Miguel is a frequent presenter on matters related to employment-based immigration trends and developments. He has been quoted in publications of national circulation and has authored articles and legal memoranda that serve to break-down complex regulatory changes into digestible and useful information. Miguel also provides on-site, in-person trainings designed to address clients’ particular needs and challenges.

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Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association


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