Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP’s Business Immigration/Naturalization practice assists employers nationally and internationally with immigration matters.
We guide clients through the following processes:
- Temporary and permanent business visas
- I-9 workplace compliance
- Labor certifications
- Immigrant visas
- Consular representation
- Citizenship matters
Many of our business immigration clients are biotechnology, health care and technology companies. Accordingly, we handle a large volume of H-1B petitions and TN applications. Our clients are also multinational, enabling the preparation of L-1 petitions, E-1 and E-2 applications and pre-entry B-1 visa applications. We regularly prepare ETA-9089 Labor Certification applications, I-140 immigrant visa petitions, I-485 permanent residency applications and related advance parole and employment authorization applications and DS-230 immigrant visa applications.
The SGR Business Immigration Team has collectively represented more than 500 corporations over the past five years. Our role is to advise clients regarding anticipated legal requirements and to educate clients on issues they will frequently face. In this regard, we provide our clients with the latest business immigration developments in a readily understandable and useable form, so that they may quickly access key issues and make informed decisions. We convey any changes and trends in business immigration law to our clients by email in the form of client alerts.
Experience & Staffing
Our immigration team uses Immigration Tracker, a Microsoft Access database designed to help us manage immigration case tracking and process workflow. Our clients are able to view and create cases on the Internet. A web interface provides a secure, password-protected, and easy way for our clients to obtain detailed case status information, pull reports, and complete online questionnaires in real-time, from anywhere, at any time.
Our Business Immigration practice engages in all of the following activities in order to remain current on legal developments in our field: - Our attorneys and paralegals attend the annual American Immigration Lawyers Association Conference--a four-day intensive conference regarding recent changes and anticipated developments in all fields relating to immigration law.
Our attorneys and paralegals attend regular business meetings of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Atlanta Chapter, as well as presentations by the United States Department of Labor and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Our firm subscribes to a wide variety of immigration texts, including Interpreter Releases; Immigration Briefings; Immigration Law Service; Immigration Law Report; Department of State Visa Bulletin; American Immigration Lawyers Association Monthly Mailing; AILA-Atlanta Chapter Monthly Newsletter; Immigration Law Advisory; Immigration Law and Business; Immigration Procedures Handbook; Labor Certification Handbook; H-1B Handbook; Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook; Manual on Labor Certification and Procedure; Immigration Practice and Procedure Under the North American Free Trade Agreement; Immigration Employment Compliance Handbook; Dictionary of Occupational Titles; Occupational Outlook Handbook; The Visa Processing Guide for U.S. Consulates and Embassies; and numerous USCIS, DOL, and DOS handbooks and processing guides.
Our staff members have desktop access to the American Immigration Lawyers Association Infonet online informational resource, which provides breaking developments in immigration law. We also utilize IRISPRO research, which allows word search access to the full spectrum of immigration laws, treatises, regulations, and rulings.