International Employment - USA

International Employment - USA

Published June 2020


Allen Ladd

Firm: Allen C. Ladd, P.C. - U.S. immigration law
Country: USA - South Carolina

Practice Area: Immigration

  • 14 Whitsett Street
    Greenville, SC 29601

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We advise individuals and multinational companies in US immigration matters, including investment, transfers, and self-employment.

We have limited our in-person consultations, but this has had little impact on our employment-based cases, as the majority of these have often been through audio and video conferencing.

We have assisted clients in adapting to recent challenges presented by the current US administration as well by the COVID-19 crisis. For example: US consulates and embassies have effectively shut down their visa operations; we have a presidential proclamation to restrict entry of permanent residents; the financial requirements for visa applicants have become increasingly difficult; and processing of in-country applications has been delayed. Overwrought requests for additional evidence (RFEs) for professional work visa cases (H-1B visa) and multinational visa cases (L-1) have become a serious problem for practitioners and the businesses we represent. In an effort to adapt, I have assisted individuals with requests for congressional assistance, and with planning which takes into account extended delays due to COVID-19.

We are not involved in employment disputes.

I am a member of several overseas chapters of my professional organization, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). We regularly exchange information through listservs and webinars, and informally through private correspondence.

I’ve observed several instances of processing delays – for example the processing time for an E-2 visa registration has ballooned to six months in at least one European country – and the suspension of formal expedited-review processing. The US forms themselves continue to “bloat” (I can think of no other word to describe it) because of overwrought requirements imposed by the current US administration. Not surprisingly, the agency (USCIS) is now facing financial difficulties – of its own making, as it enforces the often-misguided, restrictive policies of the current administration.

Nothing seems likely until after the November presidential and legislative elections.

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