Kelli focuses her practice on business immigration law, representing a wide range of employers in obtaining and maintaining employment authorization for foreign national employees on a temporary and permanent basis. She represents employers across various industries, including technology, engineering, manufacturing, healthcare and education. She regularly works with employers to develop long-term immigration planning for foreign national employees, including counseling clients through the H-1B and labor certification application processes, and assisting employers in developing policies for employer-sponsored work authorization. Kelli advises employers on workplace compliance matters, including proper completion and maintenance of Form I-9 and E-Verify participation. She has experience assisting with internal I-9 audits and responding to governmental audits. She represents clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration Customs and Enforcement, and other federal agencies.
Kelli’s experience includes:
Kelli also assists foreign national investors and entrepreneurs in their long-term immigration planning. She counsels founders of technology start-ups on maintaining work authorized status and obtaining permanent residence. She advises investors on investor immigration options, including the E-2 treaty investor visa and EB-5 immigrant investor program.
A significant portion of Kelli’s practice also focuses on the special rules for health care organizations and colleges and universities. Kelli regularly advises health care organizations on work authorization for foreign national physicians, nurses and other health care workers. For colleges and universities, Kelli counsels on issues related F-1 students and the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) and on a variety of matters related to foreign national employees, including H-1B status and permanent residence for professors and researchers.