Business Immigration & Compliance

We provide integrated legal solutions to complex problems that permit our clients to achieve U.S. immigration objectives. Working with our attorneys in multiple practice groups including Corporate, Labor & Employment, International, Real Estate, Tax, and Wealth Planning, we represent companies in their immigration matters.

Our experience ranges from foreign investors and business owners; international and domestic start-ups, small- to medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and public companies who employ individuals that need U.S. visa options to grow and expand their business; families who wish to live in the U.S. temporarily and/ permanently; and persons who wish to acquire U.S. citizenship.

We provide end-to-end or consultation services for the following areas:

  • Nonimmigrant visa processing including: B-1/B-2 visitors for business and pleasure; F-1 students; E-1 treaty traders for goods and services, E-2 treaty investors; E-3 for Australian nationals; H-1B specialty occupation; H1B1 for Chilean or Singaporean nationals; J-1 Waiver Processes; L-1 intracompany transferees; L-1 blanket petitions; O-1 extraordinary ability, P-1 athletes and entertainers, R-1 religious workers, and TN USMCA visa
  • Immigrant visa processing including: PERM Labor Certification; EB-1(A) extraordinary ability, EB-1(B) outstanding foreign researchers or professors, EB-1(C) managers and executives transferred from multinational corporations, EB-2 professionals holding an advanced degree with a U.S. job, EB-2 National Interest Waiver, EB-3 professional workers, EB-5 immigrant investors, Schedule A Matters, PERM Special Handling
  • Strategic planning concerning immigration consequences of formation, disposition, and reorganization of U.S. businesses
  • Worksite enforcement including I-9 and LCA Audits
  • Consular processing for nonimmigrant and immigrant visas
  • Family-based immigration matters
  • Complex naturalization and derivative citizenship matters
  • Renunciation of Green Card and Citizenship

Kelly D. Cobb

Kelly D. Cobb

Partner, Houston
713.752.4286

Erica Benites Giese

Erica Benites Giese

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7791

Holly Hughes

Holly Hughes

Associate, Houston
713.752.4328

Sang M. Shin

Sang M. Shin

Partner, Houston
713.752.4408

Yenmi Tang

Yenmi Tang

Associate, Houston
713.752.4333

Catharine Yen

Catharine Yen

Senior Counsel, Houston
713.752.4429

June 13, 2024
Webinars

Christian Triantaphyllis to Present “India and USA Cross Border Investments” Webinar

Jackson Walker partner Christian A. Triantaphyllis, along with Kunal Mehra (Managing Partner and Co-Founder) and Saurrav Sood (Practice Leader) from SW India, will present a webinar discussing the key tax and regulatory landscapes in India and the United States on Wednesday, June 26, 2024.

2024 Chambers Ranking in Texas for Business Immigration & Compliance practice

June 6, 2024
Spotlight

Business Immigration & Compliance Partners Kelly Cobb and Sang Shin Recognized in Chambers USA Guide

Jackson Walker proudly announces the first-time ranking of the Business Immigration & Compliance practice in the Chambers USA Guide for 2024. In addition, Kelly Cobb and Sang Shin were recognized among the top attorneys in Texas in this area.

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June 6, 2024
Spotlight

Chambers and Partners Releases 2024 USA Guide Featuring 67 Jackson Walker Attorneys and 23 Ranked Departments

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has selected 67 attorneys and 23 departments for inclusion in the 2024 edition of the Global and USA guides. Attorneys were ranked across 27 departments, with 3 attorneys listed among multiple areas, 8 ranked nationwide in their respective areas, and 15 recognized for the first time.

April 29, 2024
Attorney News

Erica Benites Giese Honors Judge Xavier Rodriguez at Portrait Unveiling Ceremony

At the presentation of the official portrait of U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez on April 12, Jackson Walker partner Erica Benites Giese delivered remarks on behalf of the San Antonio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Kelly Cobb

April 22, 2024
Attorney News

Who’s Who Legal Features Kelly Cobb in Corporate Immigration Report

Kelly Cobb was named among the highest-ranked lawyers in Who’s Who Legal’s Corporate Immigration – USA report. Notably, fewer than 50% of practitioners are listed as “Recommended” in the WWL: Corporate Immigration Report.

April 4, 2024
Speaking Engagements

Kelly Cobb and Scott Fiddler to Join Panel Discussing Updates in Immigration, Employment, and Tax

Jackson Walker Houston partners Kelly D. Cobb and G. Scott Fiddler are set to participate in a panel discussion titled “Empower your Business: Navigating Updates in Immigration, Employment, and Tax” on Wednesday, April 24, at the Jackson Walker Houston office.

2024 Texas Rising Stars announcement graphic

March 21, 2024
Attorney News

Jackson Walker Congratulates 2024 Texas Rising Stars

Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes only 5% of Texas attorneys who either are 40 years of age or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less as “Rising Stars.”

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March 18, 2024
Speaking Engagements

Sang Shin to Present at Annual Aberdeen-Houston Gateway

Jackson Walker partner Sang M. Shin will participate in the 12th annual Aberdeen-Houston Gateway conference, hosted by Granite PR. The event will take place on March 19 at the Norwood Hall Hotel in Aberdeen, Scotland.

February 15, 2024
Mentions

William Hornberger Featured in fDi Intelligence’s Analysis of US Relocation Trends

Jackson Walker partner William H. Hornberger was featured in fDi Intelligence’s publication, “Texas and Florida biggest winners from US relocations,” issued on January 29, 2024. The article highlights the significant appeal of Texas, which has managed to successfully allure close to a fifth of all U.S. company relocations over the past five years, reflecting companies’ strategic decisions of establishing operations in favorable business landscapes.

More Business Immigration & Compliance News

EB-5 Foreign Investment Visas

Jackson Walker’s EB-5 foreign investment and real estate team has the breadth of experience to advise clients on investments offering the opportunity to immigrate to the United States. The group’s multidisciplinary approach combines highly-skilled business immigration advisors with a nationally-recognized real estate team and corporate/securities counsel to achieve clients’ immigration objectives through investment transactions. The services provided to clients seeking the EB-5 process are organized around four major practice areas:

  • EB-5 Immigrant Visas filed through your own company
  • EB-5 Immigrant Visas filed through a Regional Center
  • Development of Regional Centers and EB-5 projects
  • Regional Center and EB-5 project compliance advice

L-1A And L-1B Intra-Company Transferee Work Visas

L-1 intra-company transferees are foreign workers who have been employed outside the U.S. by an affiliate, subsidiary, branch or parent of a U.S. company for at least one continuous year within the three years preceding the filing of a petition (or for at least one continuous year within the three years preceding admission to the U.S. if filing the petition while the foreign worker is in the U.S.), in a capacity that qualifies as executive, managerial, functional manager (L-1A), or specialized knowledge (L-1B), and who will perform services for the U.S. company in one of these categories as well.

EB-1(C) Multinational Manager or Executive Visas

The Multinational Manger or Executive (or EB-1C) category is designed for employees who:

  • have been offered a regular full-time position in a managerial or executive capacity with a U.S. employer who has been doing business in the United States for at least one year, and
  • have worked for a qualifying employer abroad in a managerial or executive capacity for one of the three years prior to entering the United States in nonimmigrant status.

Our investment immigration team is able to assist clients in determining if they qualify for this program, and walk them through the process from beginning to end.

EB-1(A) Extraordinary Ability Immigrants

The EB-1(A) category provides immigrant visa processing for individuals of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics. “Extraordinary ability” is defined as a level of expertise indicating that the individual is one of a small percentage who have risen to the very top of a field of endeavor.

EB-1(A) applicants do not need a U.S. employer, and they are exempt from the normal labor certification process. In order to qualify, the individual may file an immigrant visa petition himself or herself. The alien must seek entry into the U.S. to continue work in the area of extraordinary ability, and the alien’s entry will substantially benefit prospectively the United States.

Jackson Walker’s investment immigration team is equipped to assist clients in all aspects of compiling, documenting, and filing their evidence of qualifications, including documentation of national and international acclaim, or recognition in their field of expertise.

  • L-1 and EB-1(C) multinational manager petitions – Submission of petitions for managers and executives including functional managers.
  • E-1 Treaty Trader Applications – Submission of multiple E-1 applications including start-up operations to facilitate the expansion of businesses in involved in cross-border trade of goods and services.
  • E-2 Treaty Investor Applications – Submission of multiple E-2 applications including start-up operations and to facilitate the growth and further development of investment in the U.S.O-1 Extraordinary Ability petition – Submission of petitions for individuals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics.

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