Immigration and global mobility are key to the success of companies operating internationally. As events and shifting governmental priorities in the United States and around the world impact U.S. immigration rules and requirements, it is important to:

  • Understand the law and government policies and practices that can impact you, your business or your family
  • Know the consequences of noncompliance
  • Recognize your options for remaining mobile across borders
  • Take an insightful and strategic approach to global mobility that supports your business or personal goals

The immigration practice team at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP is made up of seasoned, knowledgeable and professional U.S. attorneys who have a deep connection to the immigration matters impacting businesses and individuals in the U.S., Canada and around the world. We offer comprehensive immigration services and support based on a deep and expansive knowledge of the strategies and solutions that work best to keep you mobile across borders.

For businesses, we offer streamlined and thoughtful support to help you maximize your success—whether that requires travel to the U.S. for a business visit, project work, an expatriate assignment or expansion into a new jurisdiction. We understand that pursuing your goals and dreams often takes you to places you never thought possible, and offer customized support as a true partner. Our immigration practice group will work hand in hand with your global mobility, human resources, legal and other stakeholders to design and implement an immigration strategy that:

  • Assists you with recognizing and taking advantage of opportunities
  • Proactively highlights risks and addresses concerns
  • Transparently communicates what you need to know to plan, action and reach your goals
  • Helps you look past your immediate needs to what’s coming next

For individuals and families
, we take a deeply personal approach to immigration, understanding that the motivations and pathways driving you to visit or move to the U.S. can be life changing. Our attorneys chose to practice in the field of immigration because we deeply value:

  • Helping others to seize and making the most of opportunities
  • Guiding you through complex processes that can improve your life and the lives of your family members
  • Leveraging the strengths of individuals—regardless of nationality—to build stronger and brighter futures

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BUSINESSES
For businesses, we offer streamlined and thoughtful support to help you maximize your success—whether that requires travel to the U.S. for a business visit, project work, an expatriate assignment or expansion into a new jurisdiction. We understand that pursuing your goals and dreams often takes you to places you never thought possible, and offer customized support as a true partner. Our immigration practice group will work hand in hand with your global mobility, human resources, legal and other stakeholders to design and implement an immigration strategy that:
  • Assists you with recognizing and taking advantage of opportunities
  • Proactively highlights risks and addresses concerns
  • Transparently communicates what you need to know to plan, action and
  • reach your goals
  • Helps you look past your immediate needs to what’s coming next

INDIVIDUALS and families

For individuals and families, we take a deeply personal approach to immigration, understanding that the motivations and pathways driving you to visit or move to the U.S. can be life changing. Our attorneys chose to practice in the field of immigration because we deeply value:
  • Helping others to seize and making the most of opportunities
  • Guiding you through complex processes that can improve your life and
  • the lives of your family members
  • Leveraging the strengths of individuals—regardless of nationality—to
  • build stronger and brighter futures

ATHLETES
For individual athletes, we support both nonimmigrant and permanent resident processes, related to your sports-related activities with one or more team(s), your extraordinary ability in your sport, or even your marriage to a U.S. citizen. Our assistance can make your transition from the international sports field or U.S. collegiate environment seamless, permitting you to obtain or maintain status for various tryout, training, pre-season, regular season and post-season activities in the United States.

Sports Teams
For Sports Teams, we provide a high-touch and streamlined process for visa applications that fits with your team’s draft schedule, permitting you to bring and retain athletes from around the world to build the best team possible.


Testimonials
I’m a Canadian small-medium sized business owner. In business for 23 years, and over time we grew with 80-100% of our business being US Based. We deliver training of software systems for leading retailers and banks. Ten years ago my team was denied entry to the USA as it was felt we were no longer covered under NAFTA.  Code red for us. Eileen Martin was instrumental in guiding us through the Visa process enabling us to be back in business within 2 weeks. Since then she has been there at every step supporting our ever changing needs due to growth. Eileen Martin is simply part of our team. The level of expertise and experience provided cannot be beat. The level of client care and commitment is unsurpassed by her, Beth Klarin and the Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman team. Immigration issues? This is your team.
-  Mark, SME business owner

At long last, and after such a lengthy road, I am so very happy to attach the oath ceremony notice I received in the mail today…Needless to say, I am so very grateful to have found you both.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done for me and for helping me to fulfill this wonderful dream.
-  Otto

As a young professional, Eileen and Beth have been instrumental in my ability to start my career and pursue my goals. Throughout our relationship I have always felt like a valued client. With their help, I was able to successfully navigate the TN visa application process three times, leading to TN status for several employment opportunities in the U.S. We even weathered the appeal process of a TN denial together, and throughout that stressful experience they were extremely responsive and reassuring. I credit our success to their dedication and creative approach: they look for answers that may not be obvious when first considering a case -- and their thorough knowledge of immigration law means that they find them.
-  Heather, Professional Therapist

With a huge percentage of my business in the United States, you can imagine my stress when I was told the visa I had been using for three years was no longer valid! I turned to Andrew and Nisha in a panic, and they knocked it out of the park for me. They created a long-term strategy for making sure I had exactly the right visas long term so I’d never have to worry about working in the US again. They took me through the visa I needed right away, and two years later moved me to a longer-term visa that was an even better fit (but wouldn’t have been possible without the first one). I’ve referred multiple friends, colleagues and clients to them, and will continue to do so.
- Drew

Working with Beth was a great experience! Getting my E1 visa was very important to my career and livelihood and this process had the potential to be a very stressful, but it wasn't. Elizabeth was incredibly professional, attentive, available and supportive throughout the entire process. I'm so grateful to have had her on the job and would recommend her to anyone looking for an immigration lawyer!
-  Jessica, Events Manager and Promoter
 
My husband and I met overseas (he is from Dubai and I am from the U.S.) and we decided to elope in July of 2018. Post our marriage, we wanted to get legal advice on our next steps, so we contacted Beth Klarin at Lippes Mathias Wexler and Friedman. After considering our options, we knew that she was best decision we could make for our immigration needs. Our affordable, all-inclusive contract relieved the pressure of filling out the daunting paperwork, gave us the freedom to contact our legal team with any questions or needs, and provided the support of having a lawyer with us during our interview. Green card applications are a stressful ordeal because your lives hang on the result of the application. From our first meeting, to the day when she personally delivered the green card into our hands, Beth was highly responsive and informed, with a warm and comforting presence. We give the firm our highest recommendation and will be forever grateful to Beth and her team for establishing the base on which we are able to build our lives together in US.
Christine, U.S. Citizen Married to a Foreign National (now a U.S. Green Card holder)
 
I want to say thank you again for how much you were able to help. Crossing into the US in November went so smoothly and your assistance in helping with that was invaluable. I would not have been able to get to the program without you.

- Emily, B-2

Eileen guided us through many immigration situations over the years, always with a successful result.  She was patient, understanding and always responsive.  She would accompany my employees to the border and walk them through what they could expect.  The paperwork was complete and never questioned by the Border Officials. My company’s livelihood depended on crossing the border weekly with the correct visas and Eileen never once let us down.  She is well respected in the immigration community by both her clients and the officials alike. I have been working with Eileen for over 20 years and she is the only immigration lawyer I will ever work with.
Susan

Hi Nisha! 
I have CC’d a friend and colleague in this email. He is a fellow speaker that has interest in pursuing his E-1 visa. When he asked, I couldn’t wait to tell him about my outstanding experience with you and your team thus far.  Nisha’s team is the BEST.

- Recent Individual Client
 
My first review but felt it was truly warranted with these two outstanding women. I am referring to Eileen Martin and Beth Klarin, both esquires and both members of my legal team at Lippes Mathias handling my “Green Card” application. During my process I was kept abreast of all issues, documents required, meetings and the ongoing status of my application. Above all the respect and attention afforded me and my wife during this process made it a stress free experience and an absolute pleasure to work with both Eileen and Beth whom we now consider our friends. Thank you! 
-Baj

The Green Card process was complicated and intimidating to me and my wife as we began our journey of opening up a restaurant and then getting married. We wanted to go through the process as quickly and easily as possible. Not knowing how to proceed, we contacted Eileen Martin and Elizabeth Klarin at Lippes Mathias Law Firm.  They were highly recommended from another great attorney. These two outstanding lawyers immediately set up an appointment and started the extensive process of filing the application.  Many times, we needed assistance with several of the forms. Elizabeth and Eileen were always there to answer even the simplest of questions. They made us feel at ease with the process and it ran smoothly and quickly as we had hoped.
My wife and I are now living our dream together thanks to these two warm and professional people. If you want to go through the Green Card process or other immigration procedures, please give them a call, we highly recommend them.  Thank you so much for taking care of us!
-MJH
 
“Eileen Martin is a very reliable corporate immigration lawyer. Eileen has worked with many of our leaders to successfully apply and receive a E 1 business visa. We have found  Eileen to be  knowledgeable, accessible and personally invested in the success and prompt approval this complicated process. I have recommended Eileen to several of my fellow CEO’s and all have been quite satisfied with the results."
-David Lahey, MBA

"I am very grateful for the guidance and assistance that Beth gave to me in my search to obtain a US work Visa.  Even though I was born and raised in Canada, she identified that I was already an American citizen due to my father’s U.S. citizenship and time spent in the U.S., and set me on a path to successfully obtain my US passport within 4 months!   She is knowledgeable, accessible, and kind.  Best of all, she shared in the celebration when the process was complete and provided instructions to follow up so I could apply for my first social security card.  Now I can do the things I really want to do: apply to the University of Hawai’i and continue making beautiful surf boards! "
-Leslie 
Case Studies

Case Study #1

Finding the Best U.S. Immigration Option


For some clients, there are multiple options on how to obtain status to work and/or live in the U.S. Deciding on which of their options is the best option involves a careful, close look at various factors. We work through these factors strategically to make a recommendation that both meets the client’s short and long-term needs, and is in line with his or her priorities.
 
As an example, we recently met with a Canadian individual who had been maintaining L-1A status for approximately 25 years, and was now seeking our counsel in renewing his L-1A status. 
 
As background, the L-1A does have a maximum time limit of seven (7) years.  However, an individual can obtain an L-1A past the seven year mark if they can demonstrate that they qualify for “commuter” L-1 status—that is, that they have spent less than six months out of the year in the U.S.  The “commuter” L-1 can be approved for two (2) years at a time.
 
When reviewing the client’s background, discussing his Canadian and U.S. businesses, and his short-term and long-term goals regarding the U.S., we advised him that we would actually recommend not renewing the L-1, even though he continued to qualify. Rather, we recommended that he, through his Canadian company, obtain an E-1 (treaty trader) visa through the U.S. Consulate in Toronto, Canada. 
 
He continued to qualify for the L-1A, and would likely qualify for an E-2 (treaty investor) visa as well, but in reviewing the details of his case, the E-1 seemed to be the best option for him. One of the key benefits of the E-1 visa is a potential five year approval vs. a two year L-1A “commuter” approval.  Over a five year period, this would save him both legal fees and government filing fees; his L-1 government filing fees alone would have been US$460/application every two years, vs. E-1 government filing fees of US$250/application every five years). 
 
The client followed our recommended strategy and was approved for an E-1 visa for a five year period through the U.S. Consulate in Toronto.  He can now put his U.S. immigration concerns aside for a this time period and focus on running his Canadian business, without needing to devote financial and other resources towards his U.S. immigration matters in the interim. 
 
When reviewing cases, we advise clients on all options and provide the pros and cons of each—including cost, timing, convenience, adjudication trends, etc. to find the best fit for the client, regardless of whether a previously-employed strategy has worked. 

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Case Study #2

B-1 (in lieu of H-3) for Multinational Non-Profit Sending Workers to the U.S. for Temporary Training

Last month, our corporate client, a multinational nonprofit, contacted us and shared that they were in the process of expanding their presence in Belgium. They had a group of individuals (6) that had been recently hired by their Belgium entity to support the expansion. However, those individuals needed to enter the U.S. in approximately a month to complete necessary training at the company’s U.S. location for six (6) weeks so that they could properly and effectively complete their new job duties in Belgium. The training would consist of a mix of classroom environment and practical simulations to gain hands-on experience, while having their work reviewed by the experienced trainers in the U.S.

 LMWF SOLUTION:
After confirming that the training was not available in Belgium, that the individuals would remain employees of the Belgium entity and would not be remunerated by the U.S. company, and that any productive work would be incidental to the training, we offered our solution: The six (6) individuals could enter the U.S. in B-1 (in lieu of H-3) status under the Visa Waiver Program.

 Since these individuals were citizens of Belgium, they could utilize the Visa Waiver Program (if they had ESTA Authorization). As background, the Visa Waiver Program allows individuals of certain countries to enter the U.S. without first obtaining a U.S. visa abroad. Foreign nationals entering the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program can be admitted for up to ninety days and are allowed to engage in B-1 Business Visitor Activities. Being able to utilize the Visa Waiver Program for this purpose results in a significant advantage to the company – foregoing the time and expense associated with obtaining U.S. visas abroad.

 Over a four week period, our office diligently worked with the company and the employees to prepare B-1 (in lieu of H-3) packets for each foreign employee. Our packet included a support letter from the Belgium entity confirming the need for the training in the U.S. and providing details about the training program; a detailed Training Plan from the company outlining the topics to be covered and delivery method; and a detailed cover letter from our office confirming their ability to enter the U.S. in B-1 (in lieu of H-3) status under the Visa Waiver Program.
 
We also provided the applicants with a detailed instructional letter summarizing their eligibility and outlining supporting documents they should bring with them to the U.S. in support of their application for admission. Prior to their travel date, we also completed a prep call with them to ensure that they had a understanding of what to expect when they encountered U.S. immigration, make sure the individuals understood how they were eligible, and go over any questions or concerns they had.

 All six (6) applicants successfully entered the U.S. recently and are currently completing their training in the U.S.
 
By reaching out to our office and being proactive, this multinational company ensured ongoing compliance with U.S. immigration laws and placed their employees in a position of confidence when entering the U.S. In addition, they strategically managed their business need to have the new employees complete their training in the U.S. while remaining financially cognizant of the expense involved.

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Case Study #3

Finding the Best U.S. Immigration Option

For some clients, there are multiple options on how to obtain status to work and/or live in the U.S. Deciding on which of their options is the best option involves a careful, close look at various factors. We work through these factors strategically to make a recommendation that both meets the client’s short and long-term needs, and is in line with his or her priorities.
 
As an example, we recently met with a Canadian individual who had been maintaining L-1A status for approximately 25 years, and was now seeking our counsel in renewing his L-1A status. 
 
As background, the L-1A does have a maximum time limit of seven (7) years.  However, an individual can obtain an L-1A past the seven year mark if they can demonstrate that they qualify for “commuter” L-1 status—that is, that they have spent less than six months out of the year in the U.S.  The “commuter” L-1 can be approved for two (2) years at a time.
 
When reviewing the client’s background, discussing his Canadian and U.S. businesses, and his short-term and long-term goals regarding the U.S., we advised him that we would actually recommend not renewing the L-1, even though he continued to qualify. Rather, we recommended that he, through his Canadian company, obtain an E-1 (treaty trader) visa through the U.S. Consulate in Toronto, Canada. 
 
He continued to qualify for the L-1A, and would likely qualify for an E-2 (treaty investor) visa as well, but in reviewing the details of his case, the E-1 seemed to be the best option for him. One of the key benefits of the E-1 visa is a potential five year approval vs. a two year L-1A “commuter” approval.  Over a five year period, this would save him both legal fees and government filing fees; his L-1 government filing fees alone would have been US$460/application every two years, vs. E-1 government filing fees of US$250/application every five years). 
 
The client followed our recommended strategy and was approved for an E-1 visa for a five year period through the U.S. Consulate in Toronto.  He can now put his U.S. immigration concerns aside for a this time period and focus on running his Canadian business, without needing to devote financial and other resources towards his U.S. immigration matters in the interim. 
 
When reviewing cases, we advise clients on all options and provide the pros and cons of each—including cost, timing, convenience, adjudication trends, etc. to find the best fit for the client, regardless of whether a previously-employed strategy has worked. 



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