Achieving effective immigration solutions requires representation by experienced legal counsel. Effective legal representation demands not only mastery of the law and procedures, but also awareness of and ability to interpret trends affecting immigration policy.

Immigration policy in the United States is shaped by competing influences including economic, social, demographic and security factors. The current focus by U.S. government agencies on security concerns impacts international business operations by slowing the movement of talent and intellectual capital into the United States. The inherent tension between the openness required for business to flourish and the restrictions required for security has yet to be resolved. Consequently, businesses in need of transferring human resources to the United States must adapt to the current security environment.

Adaptation, in this context, requires implementation of certain steps. Greater lead times must be built into planning the movement of personnel. It is now essential to begin the mechanics of the visa application process early in the business planning cycle. Often, such planning is anathema to executives, entrepreneurs and professionals accustomed to accessing opportunities and ideas throughout the globe. Therefore, it is necessary to educate both business leaders and employees about security-related challenges and enlist their cooperation in the immigration planning process.

We can help overcome security-related immigration delays both by collaborating in planning the process and by utilizing technological innovations to facilitate the exchange of information needed to prepare and file applications with the appropriate authorities. In summary, advance planning, education of employees and collaboration with responsive immigration counsel are essential for facilitating transfer of key international talent to the United States.