Myers Thompson, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, strives to be the highest quality immigration law firm in the United States. Sam Myers’ and Elizabeth Thompson’s collaboration is the longest continuous immigration law partnership in our region. Despite our longevity, we continue to earn our clients’ trust every day. The quality of our clients proves it. Our clients consist not only of individuals, and both small-to-medium-sized regional employers, but also large, international employers with operations throughout the United States and the world. Many of our clients prefer our firm to act as a central source of their United States immigration case processing to ensure consistency, predictability, and control over this important aspect of their operations. We believe that direct lawyer participation in all aspects of our clients’ files is essential. We do everything we can to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations. We anticipate and solve our clients’ problems.
We are creative, hard-working, and aggressive. Because immigration law is complex and precise, details count in our practice. In immigration law, delay is an obstacle that we try to avoid by creative strategic planning, aggressive case preparation, and concerted follow-up activities aimed at successful case outcomes. Our Attorneys and Case Managers constantly follow up on the status of all cases in our office. Our clients know and appreciate that we are their aggressive advocates within a government system characterized by inefficiency and unresponsiveness. Our work style strives to overcome these obstacles.
Work Visas and Employment-Based Permanent Residence Processing
We handle the processing of a wide variety of temporary work and training visas for professional and technical employees, most commonly H-1Bs, H-1B1s, O-1s, Ls, all categories of Es, TNs, and H-3s. In addition, our firm works with clients to obtain U.S. permanent residence for their employees, in all preference categories, including PERM green card processing for EB-2 and EB-3 quotas, multinational managers and executives, extraordinary ability workers, outstanding researchers, and persons eligible for national interest waivers.
We regularly engage in legislative and regulatory advocacy for the benefit of our clients. We make periodic trips to Washington, D.C., to meet with federal officials, meet throughout the year with Congressional officials at local offices, and collaborate with in-house government relations personnel. This advocacy is at no cost to our clients.
We have achieved many significant accomplishments for our clients on individual cases and at state and national levels. Some highlights are:
We help write and improve laws and regulations to benefit our clients.
- We helped shape the passage of the Immigration Act of 1990, protecting the H-1B visa status from elimination and increasing immigrant visa quotas for employment-based immigrants. This law continues to be the most comprehensive change in legal immigration since the 1952 Immigration & Nationality Act. Elizabeth and Sam participated in writing comments on, and the text of, many implementing regulations.
- Sam conceptualized the Conrad-20 program (now the Conrad-30 program), allowing state health departments the ability to issue waivers to foreign physicians. With Sam editing the bill, Conrad-20 became federal law. It is one of the only ways that under-served communities can supplement their medical doctor pool with qualified foreign medical graduates.
- Elizabeth participated in the development of immigration-related aspects of the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement (precursor to the NAFTA) and remains a national authority in this area. We handle complex transfers very effectively.
- We have managed all aspects of immigration for many corporate clients during significant mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, including multiple consecutive acquisitions by large publicly and privately held multinational companies. We strive to save our clients from unnecessary expense and delay.
- We are one of the most successful law firms in the country in using blanket L petition approvals to decrease both cost and delay of transferring key international employees to the United States. One of our clients has used the blanket L approval successfully for more than 500 employees with turnaround time from learning of the transfer to visa issuance rarely exceeding two weeks. Blanket L approvals have saved our clients tens of thousands of dollars in attorney and filing fees and have avoided thousands of hours of processing delays.
- We regularly advise clients on how to develop policies, practices, and agreements to manage costs, benefits, and fees related to immigration to create incentives for employees to remain with the client.
- We have provided strategies to employers regarding rightsizing their workforces in a way that protects the interests of the employer and helps retain key foreign employees, who may still need immigration sponsorship.
We move rapidly in a crisis.
- We prepared more than sixty successful visa petitions, over a 4th of July weekend, for managerial and specialty transferees in anticipation of and during an emergent deadline, to allow them to provide services to their customers seamlessly.
- We aggressively represent our clients in government audits.
- We advised and represented a major research university and several major employers during comprehensive H-1B audits and we have worked with several clients to ensure I-9 compliance.