Thompson & Knight attorneys work hard to determine unique, pragmatic, and creative solutions to immigration issues and to find client advantage in ever-changing immigration laws and administrative rulings. We have advised clients in immigration law for more than 25 years, helping employers - large and small, traditional and high-tech - to fulfill their needs in recruiting and hiring qualified foreign nationals. Our immigration practice focuses on assisting investors, employers, and their foreign employees with obtaining work authorization and lawful permanent resident status. After carefully reviewing the facts and circumstances of each individual case, we assist our clients formulate a customized immigration plan.
While many large firms provide their clients with the traditional cross-functionality of diverse practice areas, Thompson & Knight has developed a formula for success that is specially designed for the unique needs of our immigration clients - a symbiotic relationship between immigration and employment law. Because our immigration law practice is a part of our employment and labor law practice group, our lawyers are able to provide comprehensive advice by aligning immigration strategies with employment law requirements.
Thompson & Knight is justifiably proud of the solid relationship we have developed with the federal and state agencies with which we work. We understand the subtle idiosyncrasies of the Department of Labor, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Department of State. But most importantly, we spend the time and energy necessary to develop a good working relationship with our clients while fulfilling the needs of their employees.
Following 9/11, the federal government has taken numerous steps to protect its borders and ensure that foreign nationals and U.S. employers meet their regulatory obligations, including enhanced enforcement of existing rules. In particular, employers must create and maintain various records in connection with certain types of nonimmigrant visa petitions. Thompson & Knight guides its clients in achieving regulatory compliance and facilitates the immigration process for foreign national employees. In addition, because federal immigration law places heavy burdens on employers to ensure that all employees are legally authorized to work in the United States and at the same time penalizes employers who overzealously attempt to screen out illegal aliens, we advise clients on issues involving the proper completion and retention of Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification.
Through these and similar services, Thompson & Knight's clients benefit from a full-service practice that meets their complete immigration needs: legal compliance with the strict laws governing employer conduct, employee satisfaction with the immigration process, and fulfillment of corporate goals.