Business & Family Immigration

Business Immigration
Black Helterline’s immigration lawyers specialize in working with businesses and foreign workers to secure the most appropriate nonimmigrant visa status for foreign employees. Our lawyers have successfully filed countless petitions for temporary work authorization and visas, including those for H-1B specialty occupations, L-1A and L-1B intracompany transferees, E-1 and E-2 treaty investors and traders, O-1 individuals of extraordinary ability, and TN status for citizens of Canada or Mexico who work in a variety of occupations.

In addition to working with our clients on nonimmigrant visa strategies, our lawyers also specialize in filing applications for permanent residence for foreign workers and their family members. We have special expertise in navigating the complicated foreign labor certification program (“PERM”) administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, which is a prerequisite to many types of employment-based permanent residence applications. We also have a history of myriad successful applications for permanent residence for non-PERM cases, including multinational managers and executives, outstanding researchers, and individuals of extraordinary ability.

The firm’s business immigration practice also involves counseling and assisting employers and foreign workers to avoid status violations, employer sanctions and discrimination claims. The firm is home to the immigration lawyers Portland businesses depend on.

Family Immigration
Our lawyers regularly handle family- and marriage- based immigration cases, naturalization applications, asylum applications, and the defense of foreign nationals in removal (deportation) proceedings. The immigration attorneys at Black Helterline have extensive experience litigating against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of Labor in federal, district, and appellate courts.

Black Helterline has one of the most experienced business and family immigration practices on the West Coast. Our Portland immigration attorneys assist foreign and domestic clients in transferring key human resources to and from the United States. Through our many years of experience in this area, our attorneys are sensitive to the special responsibility and trust involved in representing foreign clients. Along with legal expertise, the lawyers of Black Helterline possess cultural understanding and linguistic experience that makes our firm better counselors and advocates for our clients. Our firm’s language capabilities include Spanish, Vietnamese, French, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese.

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