Immigration

Our Immigration law team helps individuals and businesses with securing temporary and permanent immigration and citizenship.

The Immigration Law Practice Area offers a comprehensive range of immigration and naturalization legal services to corporate, small business and individual clients. We focus on temporary and permanent immigration, as well as citizenship.

We offer analysis, advice and handle applications for individuals seeking to enter the U.S. to visit, study or work, or change visa categories. Each status has its own eligibility requirements, advantages and disadvantages, and therefore individualized attention and communication are crucial to a successful outcome. We have experience in guiding individuals and companies in the following areas:

  • B1/B2 (visitor for business or pleasure) and visa waiver
  • F1 (student)
  • J1 (exchange visitor)
  • E (treaty trader or investor)
  • H-1b (temporary worker)
  • L-1 (intracompany transferee)
  • O-1 (outstanding researcher, professional or artist)
  • P-1 (athlete or performer)
  • R-1 (religious workers)
  • TN (NAFTA category for Mexican or Canadian professionals)

We represent both individuals and employers who apply for or sponsor foreign national through employment-based or family-based petitions. It is important to discuss and plan for the applicable processes, timing, and importance of remaining in valid temporary status, where applicable, due to visa backlogs and retrogression.

Our firm fully understands the necessity of keeping abreast of the most recent changes in immigration laws, understanding the importance of filing concurrent adjustment of status applications, mastering the intricacies of filing labor certification applications with the Department of Labor, complying with recruiting requirements for advertised positions, and helping clients plan for interviews at U.S. embassies around the world. We can counsel employers regarding hiring foreign personnel who have existing or pending applications or whose status is about to terminate. Our attorneys have extensive experience in all facets of immigrant visas, including:

  • Labor certifications (PERM)
  • Immigrant visa petitions for family members and workers
  • Priority workers: multinational executives and managers
  • Outstanding professors and researchers
  • Exceptional ability in the sciences, arts or business
  • Special Immigrant religious workers
  • Investors
  • Waivers (I-601 and I-601A provisional waivers)
  • Marriage-based green cards, including same-sex marriage cases, and removal of conditional residence

We also offer counseling and advice for family members of foreign nationals who must apply for or renew visa status, and citizenship applications for those seeking naturalization.

Laurie Woog Was Recently Quoted in New Jersey Business Magazine on the Impact of Immigration Laws on New Jersey Employers

May 4, 2018

Laurie Woog, Of Counsel to the Firm and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, was recently quoted in a New Jersey Business Magazine article on how immigration laws are impacting New Jersey employers.

Laurie Woog Interviewed on Issues and Ideas Radio Show about Current State of DACA

September 18, 2017

Laurie Woog, Chair of the Firm's Immigration Law Practice, spoke with Chris DeBello on his "Issues and Ideas" radio show this week about the current state of DACA and who it is impacting the 22,000 in New Jersey who are in it. Hear what Laurie had to say by clicking on Read More.

September 2017 Immigration Law Update

September 12, 2017

Mandelbaum Barrett's Immigration Law Department has shared its July 2017 Immigration Law Update covering topics such as DACA and new restrictions on employment-based Green Card applicants. Check out this month's issue here.

Laurie Woog Authors Article for The Matrimonial Strategist on Divorce and the Undocumented Spouse

August 24, 2017

Laurie Woog, Of Counsel to the Firm and Chair of its Immigration Law Department recently authored an article for The Matrimonial Strategist on "Divorce and the Undocumented Spouse.

July 2017 Immigration Law Update

July 5, 2017

Mandelbaum Barrett's Immigration Law Department has shared its July 2017 Immigration Law Update covering topics such as DACA Benefits, Cuts to the H-2B Visa Program and the Supreme Court's recent decision on travel. Check out this month's issue here: http://conta.cc/2uJLNLe

Laurie Woog Quoted on Northjersey.com Regarding Revised Travel Ban

June 27, 2017

Laurie Woog, Chair of Mandelbaum Barrett's Immigration Law practice was quoted in a northjersey.com article on the Revised Travel Ban. Check out what Laurie had to say here:
http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/nation/2017/06/26/wholl-banned-under-revised-travel-ban-thats-not-so-clear/428757001/

Immigration Law Update – February 2017

February 5, 2017

Check out the latest news and recent developments in immigration law with the Firm's "Immigration Law Update" provided by Laurie Woog, Chair of the Immigration Practice Group. Click read more to view this month's update

H-1b Visa Season Is Coming Up!

February 18, 2022

If your company needs to hire a temporary worker, NOW is the time to start the immigration process for those who may fit the H-1b category. An example of an employee who would need an H-1b is an engineer currently working on "Optional Practical Training" (OPT) whose employment authorization is ending in June, 2022, or a qualified worker you would like to hire from abroad. The H-1b visa is for various types of professionals such as engineers, teachers, scientists, business executives, architects, etc.

Immigration Update From Mandelbaum Barrett

April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020 By Laurie J. Woog Executive Order Suspending Entry of Certain Immigrants. President Trump signed an executive order that became effective for 60 days starting April 23. Within 50 days, the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor may recommend whether the administration should continue the order. Moreover, within 30 days, the administration will […]

Immigration Law Update: H-1b and DACA News

May 3, 2018

H-1b Cap reached: As H-1b watchers know, USCIS started accepting H-1b filings for the new fiscal year on April 2, 2018 and the cap, or quota, was reached quickly.

USCIS Approves EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) Petition Submitted in the Field of Emergency Medicine Technology by Attorney Laurie Woog, Head of Mandelbaum Barrett Immigration Group

June 25, 2016

After only two months, USCIS approved the above case submitted by Laurie Woog, Esq. on behalf of a venture capital-backed start up tech company in New York that sought to retain a key business partner responsible for managing the launch of an app designed to revolutionize

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