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Driven by shifting political forces, the framework of policies and regulations that make up U.S. immigration law is in constant flux. Businesses of all sizes, and the millions of talented professionals who make up today’s modern workforce, face numerous challenges when attempting to navigate these complex laws. Our immigration lawyers are dedicated to helping clients confront and overcome those challenges. Relying on expertise that stems from decades of in-depth immigration experience, Ulmer’s Immigration Law Group delivers comprehensive services and focused solutions for multinational corporations, health care institutions, small and mid-sized businesses, families, and individuals.

Corporate Immigration Services

Companies must recruit, hire, and retain top talent to compete. Representing companies of all sizes based in the U.S. and abroad, Ulmer’s immigration attorneys take a business-oriented approach to helping clients secure the talent that drives their businesses. Our attorneys take the time to understand client goals, and design practical, cost-effective strategies for managing global workforces that align with those goals.

We counsel clients on obtaining temporary employment visas, lawful permanent residence, and U.S. citizenship. We also provide employers with immigration advice related to mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, international tax, I-9 compliance and other labor issues affecting the employment of foreign nationals. Our immigration attorneys routinely represent clients before the Department of Homeland Security’s key immigration bureaus – USCIS, ICE, CBP, the U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. Consulates worldwide.

Physician and Health Care Industry Services

International medical graduates and foreign-born physicians make up a substantial component of the U.S. physician workforce. Essential to the health and vibrancy of our country, these physicians and the health care institutions they work with are faced with an overwhelming burden in the form of complex U.S. immigration laws and regulations. Due in part to Ulmer’s deep experience representing health care institutions, our attorneys have particular expertise in representing physicians and international medical graduates in a variety of matters, including waivers of the J-1 two-year home residency requirement, EB-1 “extraordinary ability” petitions, and EB-2 national interest waivers for physicians in medically underserved areas.

Individual Immigration Services

Many highly qualified, individual professionals seek to pursue their goals and expand their professional horizons by working in the U.S. Passing through the maze of constantly shifting U.S. immigration laws and regulations can be a daunting task. Our attorneys routinely represent individuals in a wide variety of immigration, visa, and citizenship matters. We routinely represent individuals and their families in applications for U.S. citizenship, naturalization, marriage and fiancée petitions, and more.

Removal Defense

We are dedicated to the zealous representation of immigrants facing deportation, and have successfully represented countless individuals charged with serious immigration violations before the Executive Office for Immigration Review and federal district and appellate courts. We are experienced in all phases of immigration litigation, including trials, administrative appeals, and federal court litigation. Our attorneys have strong track records of success litigating numerous applications for cancellation of removal, adjustment of status, asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture.

Consular Practice

The rules and regulations governing visa eligibility and admission to the U.S. are complex and ever changing. Our attorneys have years of experience successfully representing clients seeking nonimmigrant and immigrant visa waivers before U.S. embassies and consulates abroad. We have obtained waivers of inadmissibility for foreign nationals who have been found to be ineligible for entry to the U.S. based on fraud, past convictions, and other grounds of inadmissibility.


“Kavanaugh’s Prosecutorial Discretion View A Moving Target” Law360 August 8, 2018

On May 10, 2018 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new Policy Memorandum which greatly expands the “unlawful presence” for F, J and M academic, vocational and exchange students and their dependents. This is a significant policy change because “unlawful presence” for more than 180 days results in a three (3) or...

On April 11, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2019. USCIS received 190,098 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 2, including...

Bloomberg Law reports that the Trump Administration’s plan to eliminate Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for H-4 visa holders has been delayed, at least until June 2018. The EADs are reserved for the spouses of H-1B workers who have been approved for their green cards but are waiting for them to...

Employers who need to sponsor foreign talent for H-1B visas are running out of time. The H-1B filing season for fiscal year 2019 starts on April 2, 2018. Employers who plan to sponsor H-1B professionals must begin the process immediately if they plan to retain or hire H-1B employees during...

Ulmer in the News Topic: Immigration Attorney: David W. Leopold David Leopold, Chair of Ulmer’s Immigration Law group, gave a statement to America’s voice on February 26 with his reaction to SCOTUS refusal to expedite Trump’s DACA challenge. America’s Voice is the national messaging arm of the immigration movement in Washington. David...

Work permits expiring March 31 are automatically extended through September 27, 2018. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced Monday that Syrians with TPS who want to maintain their status through Sept. 30, 2019, must re-register between March 5, and May 4, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew...

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Wednesday night that it will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Syrians living in the U.S. who currently hold TPS for a period of 18 months. As the Associated Press first reported prior to the announcement, the U.S. government has capped enrollment...

Due to a federal court order, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. Who can apply to renew DACA? Individuals who were previously granted deferred action under DACA may request renewal by filing Form I-821D, Form I-765, and...

Ulmer in the News Topic: Immigration Attorney: David W. Leopold David Leopold, Chair of Ulmer’s Immigration Law Group, has recently been in the news. On May 17, David was quoted in a New York Times article “Justice Dept. Restricts a Common Tactic of Immigration Judges.” David was interviewed by NPR’s Ari Shapiro on...

On Friday, January 19, 2018 the federal government shut down. Congressional negotiations on a federal spending bill remain very active and are expected to continue over the weekend. Here is an overview of how a shutdown may impact immigration-related agencies. Generally, if the government shuts for budgetary reasons, all but...

Ulmer in the News Topic: Immigration Attorney: David W. Leopold Ulmer attorney David Leopold was recently quoted in a Washington Post article discussing the Diversity Visa Lottery Program. Please click here to read the full article.

David Leopold, Chair of Ulmer’s Immigration Law group, was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered on September 6, 2017, discussing the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Leopold explains, among other things, that so-called “Dreamers,” even those with advance parole documents, should avoid...

Ulmer in the News Topic: Immigration Attorney: David W. Leopold David W. Leopold In today’s Morning Shift, published by POLITICO, David Leopold is featured prominently in a discussion about a recently proposed border security bill that has provisions for a “biometric entry and exit” system. This system would include DNA...

Ulmer in the News Immigration Pro Joins Ulmer & Berne’s Cleveland Office From Law360 By Kelly Knaub “Ulmer & Berne LLP announced Monday that it has strengthened its immigration practice with the acquisition of immigration law firm David Wolfe Leopold & Associates, whose founder, David W. Leopold, will be a partner in...

Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that it has acquired David Wolfe Leopold & Associates, the internationally-recognized immigration law practice led by David W. Leopold. The acquisition bolsters Ulmer’s already robust immigration practice, which provides businesses with integrated solutions for immigration, visa and consular-related challenges. Leopold will be...

Representative Experience

Ulmer brings our clients years of experience and a track record of success in nearly every aspect of immigration, visa and citizenship law, including:

  • Employment-based visas for highly skilled foreign workers, including corporate managers and executives, engineers, computer professionals, artists and entertainers, physicians, scientists, and non-medical health care professionals;
  • Extraordinary Ability and National Interest Waiver petitions for world renown foreign professionals, artists and entrepreneurs;
  • Alien employment certification (PERM) for companies seeking to permanently retain foreign professionals and skilled workers;
  • Waivers of the J-1 two-year foreign residence requirement for foreign medical graduates including Conrad 30 and interested federal government agency waivers;
  • Representation of foreign nationals at U.S. consulates abroad, including the preparation and processing Treaty Trader and Investment visas for entrepreneurs and businesses seeking to relocate to the U.S., and representation of foreign nationals seeking waivers of inadmissibility;
  • Counseling and defending businesses regarding their form I-9 employment verification compliance, including proactive internal form I-9 employment authorization verification audits;
  • Defending companies facing government form I-9 audit and investigation, and criminal and civil workplace enforcement actions;
  • Defense of complex deportation matters, including administrative trials and appeals, and federal court litigation; and
  • Advising companies and their foreign talent on the critical issues to consider before international travel, including heightened screening and vetting of visa applications at U.S. consulates abroad.

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