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