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Business Immigration

Global workforce mobility is a crucial business issue for international organizations and a key risk area given the legal and operational difficulties that can arise should immigration compliance requirements not be adhered to.

We have a well-established global business immigration practice comprising lawyers from our international offices as well as a network of trusted best-in-class external counsel accustomed to working to robust service standards. We offer comprehensive, practical and creative solutions to assist clients with the movement of their global workforce wherever they do business.

Why choose us

We are one of very few full-service global law firms with a respected and established multijurisdictional immigration practice.  From ad hoc advice to full-scale project management, our combined expertise allows us to provide practical, swift, commercial and decisive advice with active recommendations in each case, not just legal analysis. We excel in helping clients resolve the most problematic and complex of immigration issues and using sensible and efficient working methods, competitive fixed fees and value added services, we are able to be provide cost-effective solutions.

We advise on relevant best practices, industry trends and legal developments to help clients avoid technical pitfalls, delays in transferring key staff and the repercussions of noncompliance, which can include tough financial penalties and criminal prosecution.

We have extensive experience in advising a diverse client base. Our multidisciplinary approach, bringing together lawyers with employment, corporate and tax law expertise, also enables us to advise clients on other relevant legal issues related to movement of key staff around the world.

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  • Providing counsel and defending against government audits by the US Department of Labor, DHS and the US Department of Justice in matters relating to H-1B dependency, Form I-9 compliance, employer sanctions and immigration-related discrimination.
  • Providing EB-5 services to investors as well as developers seeking EB-5 capital. Our close affiliations with government bodies, including USCIS and Congress, allow us to participate in and work to support progressive EB-5 legislation and resulted in expediting an EB-5 regional center’s registration and reversing the registration denial of another regional center.
  • Assisting individuals with extensive visa processing delays under the US Department of State’s “administrative processing” system
  • Advising start-up companies on corporate structuring and investment options to maximize immigration strategy
  • Obtaining National Interest Waiver green cards for an investor and an engineer left with no other visa options
  • Representing a multinational India-based IT consulting company in processing more than 300 H-1B nonimmigrant visas for US facilities in one year
  • Representing large aerospace organizations in processing H-1B and H-2B nonimmigrant petitions
  • Representing numerous non-US airlines with processing organizational blanket L-1 visa petitions and subsequent consular applications for transfer of personnel to US facilities.
  • Representing several computer peripheral product manufacturers in processing various non-immigrant work visas including E, H, L an, TN, and the US residency applications for their employees.
  • Representing multinational pharmaceutical companies in obtaining nonimmigrant and immigrant visas based on occupation and profession.
  • Representing a Fortune 500 apparel manufacturer on processing visas for non-US designers and unique talent including O-1 visas for aliens of extraordinary ability.


  • Advising a world leader in advertising and marketing services on the transfer of key executives, the management of its UK sponsor licence and compliance training as well as global visa requirements for the participants of its elite graduate programme.
  • Advising a global architectural and design practice on the transfer of key staff and the management of its UK sponsor licence as well as the project management of the immigration and employment aspects of expanding its operations in various jurisdictions including China, the US, Vietnam, India, Brazil, Argentina and the UAEMiddle East.
  • Advising a financial institution on the complex immigration implications of merging its Japan and UK operations with another entity. This was new territory for UK Border Agency (UKBA)the Home Office policy officials and led to the team guiding UKBA it on how best to proceed as well as highlighting the team’s expertise in the overlap between business immigration, employment law and corporate structures.
  • Advising numerous global organizations on UK Tier 2 sponsorships licence management issues including liaising with Home Office UKBA officials on complex licence applications and visas for their mobile workforce, preparation for and attendance at UKBA Home Office compliance audits visits (both planned and unannounced) and successfully defending the imposition of civil penalties or licence suspensions. We have an excellent track-record in resolving problematic and time critical immigration issues.
  • Advising one of the UK’s largest wealth management, insurance and healthcare companies on the immigration implications of the share sale of one its subsidiaries complicated by reason of its sponsored migrants providing services to the subsidiary being sold whilst remaining employed by the parent company.

Europe and CIS

  • Counseling an India-based software services and consulting company on work and residence issues pertaining to a number of non-EU citizens working in Poland.
  • Advising a number of global companies (including leading hospitality and energy providers) on obtaining Spanish work and residence permits for key employees and family members as well as advising individuals on obtaining Spanish citizenship.
  • Advising one of the largest steelmaking companies in the world and a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, chemicals and glass on all possible issues relating to legalisation of foreign employees and their family members in Russia, within the shortest time possible, and advising with expatriate employment and dismissal procedures.
  • Providing advice to one of the largest coffee companies in the world on how to mitigate risks with regard to violations of immigration legislation that may be identified during the audits conducted by the Russian state migration authorities.

Asia and Australia

  • Providing advice on standard business sponsorship for a China-based company and obtaining a subclass 457 visa for a senior finance executive.
  • Advising a construction services company on implementation of industrial relation strategies and migration law strategies to deal with significant inbound labor requirements.
  • Advising an inbound company on all aspects of employment in Australia including the preparation of contracts, obtaining standard business sponsorship and understanding long stay visa and sponsorship obligations.
  • Representing clients in the Migration Review Tribunal in Australia to obtain an order setting aside Department of Immigration and Citizenship sanctions against client’s sponsorship rights.
  • Representing employers and individuals with employment and investment visa applications in Hong Kong and Singapore including the application of their dependents’ visas.
  • Advising on procedural and strategic issues arising out of the acquisition of employees working under an employment visa in Hong Kong.
  • Representing high net worth individuals to immigrate to Hong Kong under the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme.

  • Rated in The Legal 500 UK and Chambers UK 2013 with the following recommendation: “The growing immigration team at Squire Patton Boggs was described by one client as ‘the best firm I have ever dealt with for immigration support.’ Interviewees described Squire Patton Boggs as ‘exceptionally helpful’, delivering advice that ‘is always precise, consistent, clear and timely’.”