Immigration

For more than three decades, Robinson+Cole's Immigration Group has guided employers through the tangle of red tape to secure temporary and permanent visas for their global workforce. Our lawyers, experienced in all aspects of immigration law, represent Fortune 100 and Global 500 companies, as well as small businesses, new ventures, and nonprofit organizations, including hospitals and universities. The members of our group prepare petitions and applications for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, interact on a regular basis with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Department of Labor (DOL), the State Department, and various U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, and provide advice concerning compliance with IRCA/I-9 Forms and export control issues. With the resources of a full-service law firm, our lawyers are also able to provide guidance to our clients in other areas related to their global workforces, including employment law, and estate and tax planning.

Client service is our top priority. We are committed to a business model that provides clients with the following:

  • unparalleled responsiveness
  • direct access to lawyers
  • strategic planning advice consistent with business needs
  • a cutting-edge case management tracking system
  • secure online access to case status information
  • timely updates on relevant developments
    • Experience
      • Provided immigration training to human resources professionals, recruiters, executives and managers, business owners, and in-house counsel for a variety of clients and business organizations, including Fortune 100 and Global 500 companies, and one of the world's largest chemical and pharmaceutical companies.
      • Served as special counsel under the direction of the New Jersey Attorney General's office to the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (formerly known as the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission), an agency of the State of New Jersey which owns, or will acquire, an area in excess of 1,000 acres.

      • Serving as Preferred Immigration Counsel for all business units of United Technologies Corporation operating in the United States.
      • Enabled biotechnology companies, educational institutions, and hospitals in the retention of valuable key scientists, researchers, chemists, professors, and physicians by obtaining both temporary and permanent immigration status.
      • Assisted Global 500 company in maintaining the work authorization of foreign national employees of a company targeted to be acquired.
      • Representation of a New York City-based global management consulting firm to secure an approved L-1 Blanket petition. Converted the majority of its H-1B workforce to L-1B status at U.S. Consulates in India and China. This has allowed for more flexibility regarding staffing, compensation, and client service and no further concerns about H-1B dependency.
      • Representation of a Connecticut-based global technology company concerning one of its employees who was denied a pending PERM application. The U.S. Department of Labor indicated that the company did not list all of its requirements on the PERM application even though the requirements were listed in the ad and that this was prejudicial to U.S. workers. Robinson & Cole refiled the PERM application and successfully argued that the requirements were in fact listed on the application as an alternative and that this was appropriate. The case was reopened relatively quickly, and the employee received her permanent resident status.
      • Representation of a Danish-owned publicly traded company to bring Danish nationals to the U.S. as managers and specialized knowledge personnel. Robinson & Cole filed documentation to register the company with the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen as an E-2 Trader Investor. Also filed substantial documentation with the E-2 application regarding the company's real estate leases, corporate acquisitions, current employees and their immigration status, and the company's initial investment in the U.S.

      • Obtained waivers of the two-year home residency requirement through various state and CONRAD 30 programs for physicians, as well as other professionals in J-1 status through mechanisms such as the Interested Government Agency Waiver.
      • Counseled a Fortune 100 company with regard to DOL and USCIS requirements during the layoff of foreign national IT workers.
      • Counseled one of the 30 largest financial institutions in the United States with regard to post-acquisition I-9 compliance issues and provided guidance for self-audit.
      • Provided creative solutions in a slow economy for the retention of valued foreign national employees nearing the end of their authorized stays.
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    • News
      • August 15, 2017

        Fifty-Nine Robinson+Cole Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

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      • May 5, 2017

        Immigration Group Lawyers Publish Article for Mobility Magazine

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      • August 15, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

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      • August 18, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

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      • April 16, 2015

        Megan Naughton Joins Statewide Legal Services Board of Directors

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      • June 13, 2014

        Hartford Lawyers Promote AILA Immigration Contest

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      • November 20, 2013

        R&C Lawyers Write Article for Connecticut Law Tribune

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      • October 21, 2013

        Super Lawyers® Names 61 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2013 List

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      • August 27, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Provide Commentary in Law360

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      • April 10, 2013

        Megan Naughton Quoted in the Boston Globe

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      • December 13, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Earn Additional Honors for Pro Bono Work

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      • October 22, 2012

        Super Lawyers® Names 49 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2012 List and Recognizes 26 as Rising Stars

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      • April 5, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Elected to Board of Directors of the Village for Families & Children, Inc.

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      • March 5, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Immigration Attorneys Honored by Center for Children’s Advocacy

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      • November 12, 2008

        Robinson & Cole Announces New Partners

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