United States Immigration Services

From our Americas region service center in Houston, Newland Chase Americas provides corporations and individuals operating in the United States with complete support for all their immigration and visa needs – inbound to the U.S. and outbound to more than 190 countries around the world. Our full spectrum of services allows us to manage all of your business visa and employee immigration needs.

Newland Chase Americas is staffed by a team of cross-functional professionals specializing in multiple areas of International Immigration Law. Our Immigration Consultants are recognized for their ability to resolve difficult immigration problems using creative thinking and a focus on meeting client needs. We understand that continual training and development for our consultants is essential to ensure we remain at the forefront of global immigration.

Besides global immigration, our team also focuses on business immigration solutions tailored to each business traveler – outlining their objectives and the manner to best achieve those goals. Our consultants provide exceptional support and guidance regarding even the most complex of business immigration matters. Due diligence is always at the forefront so that our travelers comply with business immigration laws, while receiving the highest level of expertise and integrity from the onset.

  • United States Immigration Management

    In partnership with leading immigration and employment law firm Ogletree Deakins, Newland Chase supports all areas of U.S. immigration for corporations and individuals – from intra-company transfers to permanent residence and citizenship – helping clients navigate the complexity associated with U.S. assignments. Our approach begins with comprehensive guidance during the initial pre-planning phase of new assignments and spans the entire life cycle of an overseas engagement including ongoing compliance monitoring.

    For up-to-date information on the most common work authorization routes in the United States, see our Immigration Summary.

  • Comprehensive Global Immigration Management

    For corporations and individuals located in the U.S., we also provide support in all areas of immigration to more than 190 countries around the world. Our Americas team is part of the larger Newland Chase global team of 1,700+ expert immigration and visa professionals – specializing in everything from short-term work assignments and temporary residency to long-term work assignments, permanent residency, and citizenship throughout the world.

  • Business Traveler Management

    Business visas are a key component of a globally mobile workforce – allowing individuals to enter United States and other countries for non-work business activities. Business visas typically apply to business meetings, seminars, conferences, trade shows, limited sales activities, contract negotiations, and some supervisory activities. Newland Chase Americas offers comprehensive services for business travelers both inbound to the U.S. and outbound to more than 190 countries.

    Our services include everything from personalized assessment of the activities and destination for visa compliance, to obtaining the proper visas, to tracking of the number and length of stays of your business travelers for legal compliance.

  • Immigration Policy and Compliance

    Our U.S. immigration experts offer an extensive suite of advisory services and immigration compliance strategies to ensure that your organization and employees remain compliant with all U.S. immigration and visa requirements. Our services include strategic guidance on immigration plans, development and implementation of immigration policies, sponsor compliance, education and training, audit support (including mock audits), and immigration compliance technology solutions.

  • Consulting and Advisory Services

    Our U.S. immigration experts act as trusted business advisors – supporting you in virtually any unique or complex immigration-related matter. Our Americas team is able to manage the scope of immigration in large-scale projects and employee moves, as well as guide you through the immigration complexities involved in corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions.

Immigration Summary

H-1B Specialty Worker visas are the most common non-immigrant employment-based visa category. H-1B visas are subject to an annual cap of 85,000 for most employers for first time applications, but current H-1B visa holders may be eligible to change employers and renewals are not subject to the numerical cap. In recent years, the documentation requirements, and level of scrutiny of H-1B employers, the positions offered, and the qualifications of workers have become more rigorous and demanding.

The L-1 Intra-Company Transfer status is available to qualified international executives, managers and specialised knowledge employees transferred from an overseas organisation to work for the same organisation in the United States or for its American subsidiary or affiliate.

There are different processes for US companies trading for over one year and for new offices trading for less than one year. L-1 petitions for new offices are initially valid for one year, with the possibility of extensions in two-year increments. Extensions of new office L-1 visas must establish the company is viable and requires the services of the L-1 beneficiary.

A shorter process is available for US companies which already have an L-1 Blanket Approval in place - the visa applicant can apply for an L visa directly without obtaining an individual approval notice from USCIS.

The E-2 (Treaty Investor Status) visa is useful for individuals who will live in the United States for extended periods of time to fill a key role directing, managing, or serving as a specialist developing an active, substantial, non-marginal, controlled, and at-risk investment in the United States. Both the applicant and the majority shareholders of the US employer must hold citizenship of an E-2 treaty country. There are strict qualifying criteria for the investment.

The J-1 for Training Programme for Trainee/Intern is the category for training programmes for trainees or interns. To qualify as an intern, the applicant must be currently enrolled in a university level programme, or have graduated within 12 months of the expected start date of the internship. To qualify as a trainee, the applicant must have completed a university-level academic programme and have worked in their field of studies for at least one year subsequent to his/her graduation. Under both of these classifications, the proposed activities in the US must be related to the applicant's field of study.

Canadian and Mexican nationals are eligible for the Trade NAFTA (TN) Classification. These are preferable to obtaining H-1Bs for many reasons, such as greatly expedited processing time and a much less administrative preparation.

The E-3 category exists for Australian national professionals going to work temporarily for a specific US employer in a specialty occupation. Qualifying criteria are broadly similar to the H-1B process, but Premium Processing is not available, and the Australian worker can schedule a visa interview directly at a US consular post without obtaining USCIS approval beforehand (unless already present in the United States. Note that the website of the US consular post in Australia states that first-time E-3 visa applicants should appear at a US consular post in Australia.

The Employment-Based Green Card (Lawful Permanent Resident status) process can take years to complete. The foreign worker must first obtain PERM labour certification from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which involves a rigorous test of the US labour market, after which the company may submit its labour certification application to the DOL for approval.

Certain categories of Green Card application are exempt from PERM labour certification, including the EB-1 Multinational Executive or Manager category. This category is designed for employees who have been offered a regular full-time position, in a managerial or executive capacity, with a US employer who has been doing business in the US for at least one year, and have also worked for an affiliated employer abroad, in a managerial or executive capacity for one of the three years prior to entering the US.

Some work-related activities are permitted on B-1 Visitor status for a limited period of time (usually up to a maximum of six months). The applicant must remain on foreign payroll and contract and the activities in the US must benefit the foreign employer and not a US entity. Canadian citizens are visa exempt and may apply for admission in B-1 status directly at a Class A port of entry.

Some work-related activities are permitted if visiting the US under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for a maximum of 90 days. The applicant must remain on foreign payroll and contract and the activities in the US must benefit the foreign employer and not a US entity.

Our Americas team members are highly qualified and dedicated professionals with extensive experience in all aspects of United States immigration. They come from the best of legal, consulting, in-house corporate and government backgrounds and bring a breadth of experience and insight both in immigration and a multitude of industry sectors. With a dedication to service and a consultative approach, our people act as your trusted advisors and partners in achieving your business goals in the United States.

Our United States leadership team directs a team of over 300 working for you in the US. Meet our United States leadership team:

Rob Moorhouse

Senior Vice President, North America

+1 713 350 6551

Houston, United States

Amanda Braatoe

Director of Operations, Americas

+1 713 874 8522

Houston, United States

Alex Muliero

VP, Global Business Development

+1 678 882 4730

Georgia, United States

Bodil Walker

Director, Client Services

+1 941 932 8597

California, United States

Dhanjaye Damhar

Associate Director, Client Services

+ 1 212 949 6340 ext. 25535

New York City, United States

Joanna Aguilera

Business Immigration Manager

+1 713 350 6516 ext. 26516

Texas, United States

Latchi Delchev

Immigration Manager

+1 713 621 3200 ext. 45571

Missouri, United States

Laura Snook

Immigration Manager

+1 713 479 4379

Houston, United States

Meredith Williford

Client Services Manager

+1 252 205 3501

North Carolina, United States

Jessica Yanez

Client Services Manager

+1 713 350 6581

Texas, United States