Butzel Long has a comprehensive and diverse Immigration Practice Group with experience representing clients pursuing employment based and family based permanent residency. Our attorneys have assisted clients in PERM applications (Labor Certification) since its implementation in 2005. Prior to PERM, Butzel Longs immigration attorneys represented clients pursuing Labor Certification under the traditional labor certification method.
The services Butzel Long attorneys provide are tailored to each clients needs and a thorough understanding of immigration laws and processes. Our professionals have the capacity to provide full service assistance with the PERM process or work with the client in providing guidance so that they have the ability to be hands-on, if that is their preference.
Butzel Long has a comprehensive and diverse Immigration Practice Group with experience representing clients pursuing employment based and family based permanent residency in the U.S. (known as the green card). Our attorneys have extensive experience in obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status for employees of companies who sponsor them in the following classifications: Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researchers and Professors, Multinational Executives/Managers, and classifications for Foreign Nationals with advanced degrees or skilled professionals who require alien labor certification as a first step in the green card process. Where Labor Certification is required, our team provides guidance and counseling concerning all aspects of the PERM process so that the employer can conduct its recruitment and review in accordance with the applicable regulations.
We have substantial experience in obtaining family-based Permanent Resident Status for those foreign nationals who pursue LPR status through marriage to a U.S. citizen or through other immediate family members, and we assist with removing conditions on residency in applicable matters.
Our attorneys work with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS"), U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP"), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enfocement ("ICE"), U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL"), National Visa Center ("NVC") and U.S. Department of State ("DOS"), where consular processing is required, such as in immigrant visa processes where the foreign national will apply to become and LPR overseas at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy, throughout the LPR process.
Permanent Residence Process Where Labor Certification (PERM) Is Required
Most employment-based green card processes must follow a three-step process:
- Employer conducts recruitment for the position being offered to the foreign national, as specified in the applicable regulations, and then files a labor certification application (PERM) electronically with the DOL
- Once the DOL certifies the PERM, the Employer files Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker with USCIS and
- Foreign national files Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, (I-485 Application) with USCIS (available if the foreign national is already in the U.S. in a valid immigration status), or proceeds with consular processing of an immigrant visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas.
A certified PERM is a finding by the DOL that there are not sufficient U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available to do a specific job that is being offered to a non-U.S. worker. The PERM details the terms and conditions of the offered position including the minimum education and experience requirements for the position.
Permanent Residence Process Without Labor Certification (PERM) Requirement
If a foreign national qualifies for a particular immigrant petition category that does not require undergoing the labor certification process first, then the green card process commences at the second step with the employer filing the Form I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. Employment-based categories that do not require labor certification include the following:
- Foreign Nationals with Extraordinary Ability
- Outstanding Researchers and Professors
- Multinational Managers and Executives
- Foreign Nationals who obtain National Interest Waivers
- Schedule A Occupation
Adjustment of Status (AOS)
The final stage of the green card process consists of the foreign national (the beneficiary of the Form I-140 Immigrant Petition filing the I-485 Application with the USCIS. The foreign nationals spouse and minor children (under 21) may also file their I-485 Applications as dependents of the foreign national (principal applicant). Foreign nationals must be physically present in the U.S. to be able to file the I-485 Application and an immigrant visa must be available (current for processing under the DOS monthly Visa Bulletin). Foreign nationals who are outside of the U.S. must proceed with consular processing. If an immigrant visa is available under the DOS Visa Bulletin, the I-140 Immigrant Petition and the I-485 Application may be filed concurrently with the USCIS. If an immigrant visa is not available, then the I-140 Immigrant Petition may be filed, but the I-485 Application must wait until a later date when an immigrant visa in the foreign nationals immigrant visa category becomes available under the DOS Visa Bulletin.
- Prepared J-1 waivers of 2 year foreign residency requirement based on no-objection letters, interested government agencies, hardship and other grounds
- Obtained permanent resident status pursuant to registry provisions based on residence in U.S. since January 1972
- Represented clients seeking LPR status based on Cuban Adjustment Act
- Obtained re-entry permit to maintain permanent residency for individuals transferred overseas
- Consulted with clients regarding special permanent resident card interviews
- Obtained removal of conditions on permanent residency
- Obtained approval of Immigration Petition for Alien of Extraordinary Ability for various professionals including engineers, scientists, corporate executives, professional athletes, entertainers, coaches, and trainers.
- Assisted with preservation of residency for naturalization purposes for individuals transferred overseas
- Represented clients with applications of waiver of inadmissibility due to past legal history or immigration history.
- Conducted in-house training on all areas related to doing business in Mexico
- Analyzed effect of corporate changes, including mergers and acquisitions, on foreign national’s immigration status.
- Butzel Long attorney Reggie Pacis discusses President Executive Order freezing visas for foreign workers on The Frank Beckmann ShowJune 24, 2020
- June 19, 2020
- Butzel Long hosts free webinar on March 31 – COVID-19 and the impact of Employment on Foreign NationalsMarch 30, 2020
- March 3, 2020
- WJR - 760AM, August 13, 2019
- WJR - News Talk 760, August 12, 2019
- Michigan Lawyers Weekly, July 19, 2019
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- Butzel Long attorney Reggie Pacis quoted in Crain's Detroit Business on delays and denials for visa petitionsCrain's Detroit Business, March 3, 2019
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- Butzel Long attorney Reginald Pacis appointed by Governor Snyder to serve as a Commissioner to the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs CommissionDecember 28, 2018
- November 5, 2018
- Butzel Long attorney Reggie Pacis appeared on WJR's Frank Beckmann Show to discuss birthright citizenshipWJR-AM 760, October 31, 2018
- Butzel Long attorney Reginald Pacis featured during panel discussion on immigration on October 11 in HowellSeptember 13, 2018
- Butzel Long attorney Bushra Malik interviewed by National Public Radio on two new USCIS policy memosJuly 18, 2018
- June 13, 2018
- Butzel Long immigration attorney Bushra Malik to discuss ‘Fact Checking the Immigration Process’ on April 22 in TroyApril 20, 2018
- Butzel Long attorney Reggie Pacis discusses President Trump's immigration plan on WJR's Frank Beckmann ShowJanuary 26, 2018
- Butzel Long attorney Reggie Pacis discusses Recent Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 7/11 Raids on WJR's Frank Beckmann ShowJanuary 11, 2018
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- September 6, 2017
- August 8, 2017
- Butzel Long attorney Clara DeMatteis Mager re-elected to the French American Chamber of Commerce Board of DirectorsMarch 27, 2017
- Butzel Long attorney Reggie Pacis discusses the Trump Administration Immigration Executive Order on WJR's Frank Beckmann ShowMarch 7, 2017
- Butzel Long attorney Reggie Pacis quoted in the Detroit Free Press on travelers' texts and emails searched at Detroit Metro AirportJanuary 30, 2017
- January 20, 2014
- Latest developments in labor, employment and immigration law to be highlighted during November 15 seminarOctober 16, 2013
- Butzel Long hosts 25th Annual Labor, Employment, and Immigration Law Forum November 8, 2012 in DearbornOctober 18, 2012
- Butzel Long hosts 24th Annual Labor, Employment, and Immigration Law Forum November 11, 2011 in DearbornOctober 27, 2011
- June 9, 2011
- Butzel Long attorney Reginald A. Pacis featured during immigration presentation at Madonna University to students on March 24March 22, 2011
- October 27, 2010
- October 14, 2010
- Butzel Long attorney Clara DeMatteis Mager elected President of the Italian American Bar Association of MichiganJuly 27, 2010
- New immigration rules and additional compliance issues will be discussed during Butzel Long program on July 28July 15, 2010
- Butzel Long attorney Reginald A. Pacis to Chair the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s National Customs Border Protection Liaison CommitteeJuly 8, 2010
- June 4, 2009
- October 22, 2008
- October 2, 2020
- September 28, 2020
- Update on Suspension of Operations of Certain U.S. Consulates in Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) OutbreakMarch 20, 2020
- USCIS Field Offices, Asylum Offices, and Application Support Centers are Closed to Mitigate the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)March 18, 2020
- March 17, 2020
- Suspension of Operations of Certain U.S. Consulates in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) OutbreakMarch 16, 2020
- January 23, 2020
- October 2, 2018
- June 30, 2017
- January 30, 2017
- January 6, 2009