The United States has always attracted the best and brightest from around the world, and there are significant numbers of highly educated and motivated people worldwide seeking to work, either temporarily or permanently, for a U.S. company. In a strong economy characterized by low unemployment and rapidly changing technology, U.S. businesses wishing to ride the wave of economic growth and expansion of new technologies are finding that employment of foreign nationals is critical to their prospects for success. Additionally, businesses based abroad seeking to establish a presence in the U.S. marketplace must be able to transfer key employees to this country swiftly and efficiently.

McLane Middleton's Immigration Practice Group specializes in immigration and nationality law, with emphasis on business and employment immigration. Because of the federal nature of immigration practice, we have the flexibility to represent clients in New Hampshire, throughout New England and the United States, and around the world. Our firm assists corporate and individual clients, whether inside or outside the United States.

Some of the more frequent temporary and permanent visas that we have been instrumental in obtaining for our business and individual clients are:

Non Immigrant: Temporary Status

  • B-1 Visitor for Business: A common visa category generally for brief visits. B-1 business visitors are usually admitted only for the period required to conduct their business.
  • E-1 or E-2 Treaty Trader/Investor: Investors/traders and employees may receive E visas to carry on their business in the United States if the home country has a commercial Treaty with the U.S. conferring visa eligibility.
  • H-1B Specialty Occupations: Professionals with at least a bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience may be eligible for this non-immigrant visa if the position requires such a degree or equivalent experience.
  • L Intracompany Transferee: These visas are available to executives, managers and persons holding specialized knowledge who own or are employed by a business abroad if the company has a U.S. branch office or affiliate or intends to create one.
  • TN-NAFTA Professionals: A special visa category for nationals of Canada/Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Immigrant: Permanent Status

  • Diversity: Each year by random selection, 55,000 immigrant visas are issued to applicants from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
  • Family Sponsored: Available to those who have a qualifying relationship to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
  • Employment Based: Available to those within one of the enumerated preference categories possessing a specific offer of employment from a U.S.-based employer.

Additional Immigration Services

  • Labor Certification (Reduction in Recruitment)
  • Citizenship Matters
  • Educational Credential Evaluation
  • Taxation Matters of Foreign Employees
  • Document Translation
  • Prevailing Wage Determinations
  • I-9 Compliance Reviews

The immigration lawyers at McLane Middleton continually update their knowledge of ever-changing immigration laws and public policies to ensure that they provide employers and individuals with the latest and most appropriate resources and strategies. With decades of combined experience in immigration law, McLane has been successful in providing creative options, enabling foreign nationals to realize their dream of living and working in the United States and enabling U.S. employers to keep pace in a global business environment.

McLane Middleton attorneys assist companies and individuals on a wide array of immigration law issues in the employment context. The firm's Immigration Law Practice Group manages a large roster of foreign national employees for some of New England's most important companies, including Lonza Biologics, Velcro Industries, and Hitchiner Manufacturing. Our experience allows us to creatively guide clients through the immigration implications related to employment and business decisions.

We routinely assist employers to ensure I-9 compliance through internal audits and comprehensive training of human resources personnel. As part of a proactive compliance strategy, we help to create and implement effective company policies. The Immigration Law Practice Group also regularly helps employers to comply with the E-Verify requirements. We advise clients on E-Verify compliance, conduct training on how to administer the system, and help them to avoid common pitfalls. We also help companies to work through the complicated steps for obtaining work visas, Green Cards or naturalized citizen status for their foreign worker hires.

McLane Middleton also counsels individuals who are seeking employment opportunities abroad or in the U.S., or who have family connections in the U.S. Depending on individual circumstances, we help clients to obtain temporary work visas, permanent resident status, or naturalized citizen status.

H-1B Visas

The H-1B visa is one of the most popular work visas in the United States, but is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain due to a shortage.  Applications for H-1B visas are accepted on April 1 of each year.  McLane Middleton's immigration attorneys can help your company complete the applications correctly and on time to prevent the application from being rejected from the lottery. 

Integrity and trust

At McLane Middleton we establish and maintain long-standing relationships with our clients to help us better achieve their unique goals over time. This approach to building trust requires that our esteemed lawyers and professionals use their broad, in-depth knowledge and work together with integrity to ascertain sound resolutions to legal matters for their clients.

Strength in numbers

McLane Middleton is made up of more than 105 attorneys who represent a broad range of clients throughout the region, delivering customized solutions. As a firm we are recognized as having the highest legal ability rating. The firm is rated Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and is recognized as one of the nation's leading law firms in Chambers USA. Our attorneys are distinguished leaders in their respective practice areas.

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Commitment and collaboration

McLane Middleton's versatile group of attorneys and paralegals become trusted authorities on each case through collaboration. We work with our clients to learn their individual needs first and foremost and, together, we develop comprehensive solutions to their specific legal matters. This approach helps us exceed our clients' expectations efficiently and effectively, client by client, case by case.

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A history of excellence

McLane Middleton was established in 1919 in New Hampshire, and has five offices across two states. However, deep historical roots don't allow you to become innate. Our firm is organized, technological, and knowledgeable. Our history means we are recognized. But our reputation is built on the highest quality of service and experience in very specific areas of law.

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Intelligence paired with action

Our team continuously seeks opportunities to enhance their professional development and put key learnings to action. The pursuit of further insight guides us to volunteer service opportunities, speaking engagements, and teaching roles. Our lawyers are sought after thought leaders across their industries, and recipients of leadership awards throughout the region.