Myers Immigration Law
U.S. and Global Immigration Strategies
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Focusing on U.S. employment and investor immigration, Myers Immigration Law works together with individuals, entrepreneurs, human resources, in-house counsel and other advisors to develop appropriate short-term and long-term strategies to secure and maintain U.S. immigration status. We can assist with all types of business immigration cases involving nonimmigrant visas, permanent residency, and U.S. citizenship, including:
- B-1/B-2 Visitors, Domestic Workers, and Other Travelers
- C-1/D Pilots and Other Crewmembers
- E-1 Treaty Traders
- E-2 Treaty Investors
- E-3 Specialty Occupation Professionals from Australia
- F-1 Students
- H-1B Specialty Occupation Professionals
- H-1B1 Specialty Occupation Professionals from Chile and Singapore
- H-2A Temporary Agricultural Workers
- H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers
- J-1 Cultural Exchange
- L-1 Intracompany Transferees as Multinational Managers, Executives, or Specialized Knowledge Employees
- O-1 Individuals with Extraordinary Ability
- P Artists, Athletes, and Entertainers
- Trade NAFTA (TN) Professionals from Canada and Mexico
- Family-Based Immigrant Petitions
- EB-1 Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Professors and Researchers, & Multinational Managers and Executives
- EB-2 National Interest Waiver
- EB-2 or EB-3 through PERM Labor Certification
- EB-5 Immigrant Investors
- Adjustment of Status to Lawful Permanent Resident
- Consular Immigrant Visa Processing
- Re-Entry Permits for Permanent Residents
- Abandonment of LPR Status
Global immigration services involve the centralized management of a network of qualified immigration counsel worldwide. Common threads exist between immigration systems, and “speaking the language” of immigration results in identifying the appropriate strategy, facilitates clearer requests and transparent understanding of the entire process, and minimizes the potential for issues. Myers Immigration Law understands your individual concerns or global business needs and applies several years of experience managing local counsel around the world to ensure that both the costs and advice that you are receiving is vetted by recommended counsel, minimizes unnecessary requests, and is tailored to you.
The following Global Immigration assistance may be provided, primarily to Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and Australia, through partnership with vetted local counsel:
- Consular Assistance
- In-Country Work Authorization Filings
- In-Person Assistance and Representation for Local Registrations
- Retirement or Financial Solvency Visas
- Residency and Citizenship by Investment
- Claims to Citizenship Based on Descent/Ancestry
Matthew Myers practices inbound U.S. and outbound global
immigration law, with a focus on employment and investor
immigration. He has been regularly recognized as a Top
Attorney in Immigration Law by Austin Monthly Magazine, Best
Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch for Immigration Law, and
Super Lawyers and The Scene in S.A. Magazine as a Rising Star
for Immigration Law.
Matthew served as likely the youngest Chair in the history of the State Bar of Texas Immigration & Nationality Law Section, after which he was appointed by the President of the State Bar of Texas to serve on the Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality. He is an active member of the San Antonio Bar Association as a past Chair of the International Law Section and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on the Global Migration Section.
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Legal Operations Manager
Cecilia Carrera is the Legal Operations Manager with Myers Immigration Law. Ms. Carrera primarily assists with employment and investor immigration matters for U.S. companies and international professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs, in addition to family-based cases.
Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Ms. Carrera graduated from a top Mexican law school, Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey. She gained experience with Mexican corporate and tax laws through clerkships with prominent Mexican law firms, specifically Santamarina y Steta and Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cia. Ms. Carrera is an active member of the San Antonio Bar Association as Treasurer of the International Law Section, the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, and the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos (AEM).
During the consultation, we would identify and develop the potential U.S. immigration strategies and provide a quote which includes our legal fees, government filing fees, and expenses. We typically charge on a flat fee (not hourly) basis and provide a full summary of the anticipated process steps to be as transparent as possible about costs.
We generally require payment of our invoice in full at the beginning of our representation. The retainer payment is kept in an IOLTA trust account until substantially all of our work is completed, which is typically when we deliver drafts for signature, and file shortly thereafter.
- Step 1: Employer/Petitioner files petition with USCIS in the U.S.
- Step 2: Employee/Beneficiary obtains visa at U.S. Consulate outside of the U.S.
- Step 3: Admission into the U.S. by CBP at Airport or Land Border
*Generally. For example, Canadians are generally visa-exempt, and certain visa applications may be submitted directly to the Consulate without USCIS involvement, such as E-1 Treaty Trader and E-2 Treaty Investor visa applications.
- H-1B Specialty Occupation Professionals
- Trade NAFTA (TN) Canadian and Mexican Professionals
- E-3 Specialty Occupation Workers from Australia
- H-1B1 Specialty Occupation Workers from Singapore and Chile
- E-1 Treaty Traders, Managers, Executives, Essential Employees
- E-2 Treaty Investors, Managers, Executives, Essential Employees
- L-1 Managers, Executives, or Specialized (Propriety) Knowledge Employees of Multinational Enterprises
- O-1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability may be feasible, especially STEM
Once a plan is in place, preferably in consultation with a immigration attorney to ensure feasible, the “default” temporary investor visa is a “New Office” L-1A Intracompany Transferee visa for Managers or Executives expanding a successful business abroad to the United States. Common difficulties with this visa category are USCIS scrutiny, requiring the business to be significantly established at the time of filing, and the applicant must have worked for at least one year for the business abroad, which will continue operations after the investor/entrepreneur moves to the U.S.
Certain countries have a special treaty with the United States which creates a visa category for their citizens to facilitate substantial trade (E-1 Treaty Traders) or substantial investment (E-2 Treaty Investors). The Principal Traders and Investors can also sponsor Managers, Executives, and Essential Skills employees who share their citizenship.