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Business Immigration

Employers need to be able to hire the best of the best, regardless of where those highly qualified employees are in the world. Johnson Knudson offers sound advice and reliable legal services to represent your company in transferring your valued employees to the United States, whether it is for a special project, a company initiative, a temporary assignment or a permanent position.

Our immigration laws provide opportunities to petition to bring foreign workers on a temporary or more permanent basis. Some of the more common temporary categories include:

  • H-1B for individuals in “specialty” or professional occupations. These visas are available in limited quantity one time per year and may be gone in just one day, so it is essential to plan carefully.
  • L-1A for intracompany transferees who have been employed abroad by an affiliate of the U.S. company and are coming to work in executive or managerial positions.
  • L-1B for employees who have been employed abroad for at least one year at an affiliate company and have “specialized knowledge.” This category is particularly difficult to obtain because U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services scrutinizes these petitions at length. Johnson Knudson has the experience and knowledge to get these tough cases approved.
  • P-1 for athletes and entertainers with international reputations.
  • E for entrepreneurs and investors, who have either made a substantial investment in the U.S. or are engaged in trade with a country who has a treaty of friendship and commerce with the U.S. E visas may provide the opportunity to come to the United States to start or continue running a business without needing a U.S. employer as a sponsor.
  • TN for certain employees from Canada and Mexico coming to perform services for U.S. companies.
  • O for individuals with extraordinary ability in their field.
  • H-2B for temporary or seasonal workers.
  • H-2A for seasonal agricultural workers.

There are also categories of benefits available for certain employees to become lawful permanent residents of the U.S.

Johnson Knudson specializes in bringing individuals of Extraordinary Ability, those who have risen to the very top of their respective fields, to the United States as lawful permanent residents. The categories are as follows:

  • EB-1A, for individuals of extraordinary ability in science, art, athletics, business, or education. Individuals of extraordinary ability are considered first preference under our immigration laws due to their high level of achievement and recognition nationally or internationally. They may petition for themselves, without the need for a job offer, or may have a U.S. employer petition for them. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services awards this classification sparingly. Johnson Knudson prepares thorough and extensively documented petitions to provide its clients with the best chance of success.
  • EB-1B for outstanding researchers who have risen to the very top of their fields and have achieved sustained international recognition. This category does require a U.S. employer.

Employers may also petition for their employees to gain lawful permanent residence. We advise on important timing and strategy determinations to provide the most benefit to the company. Some of the other classifications available for permanent employees are as follows:

  • EB-1C for multinational managers and executives who have been employed abroad at an affiliate for at least one year and who are coming to the United States to fill a manager or executive position. These employees are also afforded first preference status under our immigration laws, and generally do not have to wait as long to become lawful permanent residents.
  • EB-2 for exceptional ability employees in the arts or sciences, or those with advanced degrees or five years of comparable progressive experience. These petitions generally require following strict procedures and working with multiple government agencies to determine if there are qualified U.S. workers to fill the position before being allowed to sponsor the foreign employee. There are some exceptions to the recruitment requirement. Employees may get a National Interest Waiver if their work would be of substantial benefit to the country. Professional athletes are also exempted from the recruitment requirements.
  • Other EB-3, Skilled and Other for employees with bachelors’ degrees or less education to become lawful permanent residents. Johnson Knudson helps navigate the complex process of obtaining a PERM labor certification and qualifying the foreign employee for the U.S. position.

We will help you match business goals with immigration solutions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

I-9 Compliance

Federal immigration laws require employers to fill out the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification for each hire, which includes a diligent review of the documentation each prospective employee presents, and provides for stiff monetary and other penalties for failure to do so with 100% accuracy. Colorado and several other states have additional requirements, like the Colorado Affirmation of Employment. Johnson Knudson helps employers bring their I-9 practices into compliance through internal audits, implementation of E-Verify, and helpful legal advice to avoid costly fines at a later time. If your business has already received a Notice of Inspection, Johnson Knudson can help you respond to the Department of Homeland Security, and defend your business against unduly punitive fines and liability.

Please contact our office today to start protecting your business.

Family Immigration

One of the foundations of the U.S. immigration system is family unity—keeping families together—with the idea that doing so will strengthen our society and make its members more productive. Johnson Knudson is dedicated to bringing families together, and once together in the U.S., to keeping them here. While there are legal paths to bringing family members to the U.S., the immigration system is challenging and complex to navigate.  We advise husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, parents and grandparents on how to achieve their short and long-term goals, and provides individualized representation for each client.

Please contact our office to schedule a consultation to discuss your options.

U Visas & Humanitarian Relief

Johnson Knudson provides compassionate, practical advice and legal services to immigrants in the U.S. and abroad who are victims of crimes, fleeing persecution or are experiencing other types of humanitarian crises.

The following are a few examples of benefits available for humanitarian cases:

  • U Visas are for immigrant victims of qualifying crimes who help law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime apply for a temporary legal status in United States known as the U Visa or U Nonimmigrant Status. The U Visa generally provides legal status and work authorization for four years. After three years, U Nonimmigrants may be eligible to apply for lawful permanent residency. Victims of qualifying crimes inside the U.S. may apply for a U Visa from abroad. Family members including spouses, parents of victims under 21, children under 21, and siblings under 18 may also be able to gain lawful status through the U Nonimmigrant’s application.
  • T visas are for victims of severe forms of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a real problem in the United States and the world. The victims may be of any age, and are often subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment. T Nonimmigrants may not refuse reasonable requests for assistance in investigations or prosecutions.
  • Asylum is available to individuals with a well-founded fear of persecution in their home countries on account of their political opinion, religion, membership in a social group, race, or nationality.
  • VAWA allows abused immigrant spouses and children of U.S. Citizens or lawful permanent residents to gain their independence by petitioning for lawful permanent residence on their own.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Deportation & Removal Defense

Removal (deportation) proceedings begin when the Department of Homeland Security serves a Notice to Appear on an individual, charging him or her with being deportable from the United States. It is essential to receive advice before receiving a Notice to Appear since an attorney’s ability to defend you is greatly improved if you understand your rights. Once the Notice to appear has been served, it is even more important to understand what is happening, your rights in the process, and whether you are eligible to apply for relief or have a defense to removal from the United States. In too many cases, individuals forfeit their rights by not receiving good legal advice, and the results may be extreme.

Johnson Knudson offers reliable legal advice and defense to foreign nationals on their rights and options before, during and throughout removal proceedings.  Call us today.

Citizenship & Naturalization

When we think of what it means to be a U.S. Citizen, the first thing that comes to mind may be that citizens are able to vote in the U.S., or that individuals are U.S. citizens if they are born in the U.S. There are many benefits to becoming a U.S. citizen. One of the major benefits is simply that citizenship is almost impossible to lose once you have it. It provides a new level of security that the U.S. is your home, and a new level of freedom because you are able to travel without the many restrictions that lawful permanent residents and nonresidents must consider.

Naturalization is the way lawful permanent residents become U.S. Citizens. Lawful permanent residents generally may naturalize on the 3-year anniversary of gaining residency if they gained their residence through marriage, or on the 5-year anniversary of gaining residency if it was acquired by other means. The timeline may be shorter if you are in the military. There are other requirements for naturalization, including being able to read, write and speak English, passing a civics exam, having spent the necessary amount of time in the U.S. during the past 3 or 5 years, and being able to show good moral character. The final step in Naturalization is pledging allegiance to the U.S. in a formal ceremony. Johnson Knudson guides naturalization applicants through each step, helping them to determine whether they are eligible and ensuring they are fully prepared for their naturalization interview.

Some people are U.S. Citizens and don’t even know it. Citizenship can be acquired through a variety of ways, not just through birth in the U.S. Individuals with family history in the United States or Native American roots should explore whether they may already be citizens as part of an immigration consultation. Johnson Knudson helps individuals explore their family histories and apply for benefits as U.S. Citizens, when such a case arises.

Please contact our office to determine whether you are eligible for citizenship and for assistance throughout the process.

Criminal Defense

If you or someone you know have been charged with a crime, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and to fight for you in court.  The lawyers at Johnson Knudson have the experience you need for the best results.  We have handled thousands of criminal cases throughout Colorado.  As former prosecutors, we know the law from all sides and we know how the system works.  We are dedicated to serving our clients with honesty and integrity, and we will fight for you every step of the way.

Being charged with a crime can be frightening for anybody.  But it can be even harder if you are not a citizen of the United States.  Nevertheless, whether you are a U.S. citizen, a legal permanent resident, or a worker without legal status, YOU HAVE RIGHTS IN ANY CRIMINAL CASE.  You do not want to face a criminal tribunal without an experienced attorney by your side.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, then you can face potential immigration consequences if you plead guilty or are convicted at trial.  You need the best defense you can get… and we are here to help.

We handle all levels of criminal defense, including:

  • Traffic Tickets/ Accidents
  • Drug Possession/ Distribution
  • Domestic Violence
  • Assault
  • Kidnapping
  • Theft
  • Identity Theft
  • Forgery
  • Criminal Impersonation
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Sexual Assault
  • Child Abuse
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Arson
  • Criminal Mischief (damage to property)
  • Homicide (murder, manslaughter, vehicular homicide, etc.)

Don’t wait!  If you have been charged or think you might be charged, call the lawyers at Johnson 

Knudson to start your defense today!