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Navigating the demands of multiple agencies

In today’s global labor and employment marketplace, top businesses regularly expand their talent searches well beyond national borders. Identifying and hiring key executive, managerial, technical and scientific personnel can be a challenge—but it’s one that often pales in comparison to helping the employee gain legal entry and permission to work in the United States.

Our business immigration lawyers have extensive experience helping domestic, foreign and multinational companies, investors, new business ventures and individuals transfer key staff to the United States. We are deeply familiar with the complex rules, regulations and processes of the U.S. Departments of State and Labor and agencies of the Department of Homeland Security, including Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection, and related law-enforcement entities.

Matching the visa or residency status to the business need 

One of the most important components of an effective business immigration strategy is matching the individual and business requirements to an appropriate visa category. We help clients select, apply for and manage the application process for the full range of employment and family-based visas, including:

Temporary visas

  • B-1 – Business visitors
  • E-1/E-2 – Treaty traders and treaty investors
  • F and M – Students
  • H-1B/E-3 – Professionals and highly skilled workers
  • H-2B – Temporary guest workers
  • I – International media personnel
  • J-1 - Exchange visitors (including seeking waivers of the home residency requirement)
  • L-1 – Intracompany transferees
  • K-1 – Fiancées
  • O-1 – Persons of extraordinary ability
  • P – Performing artists and athletes
  • R-1 – Religious workers
  • TN – Professionals under the NAFTA treaty

Permanent residency

  • Employment-based petitions (EB1, EB2, EB3) for professionals, persons of extraordinary ability, intracompany transferees, outstanding professors and researchers, and skilled workers
  • Labor certifications
  • Employment-creation investors, requiring investments of at least $1 million and the creation of at least 10 jobs
  • Family-based petitions, including immediate relatives, preference categories and international adoptions
  • Adjustment of status and consular processing
  • Naturalization and citizenship

Keeping employees at work

In addition to helping clients bring employees to the United States, we provide compliance counsel to help ensure that staff can lawfully remain in the country. Our lawyers advise clients on workplace enforcement, I-9 audits and compliance, and international trade and customs compliance.


  • Advise a wide variety of companies, from Fortune 500 companies to emerging companies and single-investor startups.
  • Represent employers in the tech sector, including creative, software, staffing, consulting, engineering, design, manufacturing and IT service companies.    
  • Assist clients with I-9 compliance and employer sanctions, including I-9 audit and best practices, staff training and representation before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Special Counsel.
  • Obtain outstanding results for professional sports teams and performing arts organizations.

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Bradley Maier
recognized by Oregon
Super Lawyers and Chambers USA


From Chambers USA 2020: 

Bradley Maier is a respected business and compliance lawyer, focusing his practice on representing employers, as well as families and individuals in a wide variety of immigration issues. He is well versed in handling permanent residency applications and is regarded by his peers as a "very competent and well-respected attorney."