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Stephen H. Smalley

Shareholder Raleigh

Mr. Smalley is the Managing Director of Emigra Ogletree Worldwide, a partnership of two leading firms, Ogletree Deakins and Emigra. Emigra Ogletree Worldwide provides a single-source for global and U.S. immigration services. Emigra Ogletree Worldwide brings unique advantages to our clients while providing seamless and consistent immigration services throughout the world. As Managing Director, Mr. Smalley oversees the day to day management of the organization, including oversight of work visa preparation to more than 100 countries worldwide.

In addition to his role as Managing Director of Emigra Ogletree Worldwide, Mr. Smalley is a Shareholder with the law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart. Mr. Smalley’s global immigration practice emphasizes the representation of clients in the information technology, healthcare, life sciences, and hospitality fields; professional athletes; and other business professionals. He possesses extensive experience with temporary and permanent visas, administrative and appellate litigation, and has particular experience with overseas consular processing and the representation of clients in Asia. Mr. Smalley advises clients regarding immigration compliance, including I-9 audits and defense, discrimination, social Security no-match issues, and identity theft. He represents employers in government enforcement actions brought by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Department of Labor.

Mr. Smalley has been named to Business North Carolina's Legal Elite*. He has a Yellow Belt certification from Legal Lean Sigma. Mr. Smalley is a frequent lecturer and presenter, and has served as a speaker regarding international recruiting in the software and high technology fields, employer compliance, and I-9 and immigration compliance.

Prior to his position with Emigra Ogletree Worldwide and Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Smalley was an attorney with an immigration and nationality law firm in Washington, D.C., where he practiced in the area of business-related immigration law in partnership with the former Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Other previous experience includes handling civil litigation and trial matters.

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Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Law360 2015 Immigration Editorial Advisory Board

Published Works

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Our Insights

USCIS Reinstates Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

October 03, 2017

Ninth Circuit Partially Affirms Preliminary Injunction of the Travel Ban

June 14, 2017

USCIS and U.S. DOJ Signal Efforts to Tighten Control Over the H-1B Visa Program

April 05, 2017

House Passes Bill Enhancing Security of Visa Waiver Program in Wake of Paris Terror Attacks

December 09, 2015

Changes to Obligations for Filing H-1B Amendment Petitions Under Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC

August 24, 2015

Federal Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction to Block Executive Action on Immigration While Related Regulations Proceed

February 17, 2015

Softening of Cuba Sanctions Opens the Way for Some Travel and Trade

January 27, 2015

Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for FY 2015 Should Be Filed on March 31, 2014 to Be Received by USCIS on April 1, 2014

January 22, 2014

Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for FY 2015 Should Be Filed on March 31, 2014

December 02, 2013

DOMA and Immigration: Practical Implications of the Supreme Court’s Decision

July 15, 2013

DOMA Ruling: Practical Implications of the Supreme Court’s Decision

July 08, 2013

Supreme Court Decision on DOMA Should Provide Equal Access to Immigration Benefits

June 27, 2013

Be Vigilant! New Reports of USCIS Telephone Scam

June 20, 2013

Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for FY 2014 Should Be Filed on March 29, 2013

January 17, 2013

Expansion of the Interview Waiver Program at U.S. Embassies and Consulates in India

January 17, 2013

Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for FY 2014 Should Be Filed on March 29, 2013

December 14, 2012

Expansion of the Interview Waiver Program at U.S. Embassies and Consulates in India

December 06, 2012

DHS Announces Taiwan’s Admission into the Visa Waiver Program

November 01, 2012

Reminder: Diversity Visa (“Green Card”) Lottery Deadline

November 01, 2012

U.S. Consulates in India Implement New System Aimed at Rationalizing Nonimmigrant Visa Application Process

November 01, 2012

Stricter Scrutiny of Labor Certifications—Increase in Audits and Supervised Recruitment by the DOL

November 01, 2012

New U.S.-Russia Visa Agreement Facilitates Travel for Business and Tourism

November 01, 2012

State Immigration Law Updates: Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina

November 01, 2012

Staggered Implementation of North Carolina’s E-Verify Law to Commence in October 2012

September 21, 2012

U.S. Consulates in India to Implement New System Aimed at Rationalizing Nonimmigrant Visa Application Process

September 17, 2012

Media

Media Quotes

June 10, 2016 - Law360 - "5 Things Never To Say To An Immigration Client"
June 09, 2008 - Law360 - "Local Laws Complicate Compliance for National Cos"

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