"Immigration law is a mystery and a mastery of obfuscation, and the lawyers who can figure it out are worth their weight in gold." -USCIS spokeswoman Karen Kraushaar

Cowles and Thompson's focused experience with immigration law and unique insight into the immigration process qualifies us to represent individuals and businesses nationwide on a wide range of immigration matters.  Timing and reduced risk of rejection are critical in your immigration case.   As the immigration solution experts with years of experience in cutting through government red tape, C&T attorneys anticipate and address the issues in your immigration case so your petitions are prepared fast, right, and ready for approval, the first time.  Since 1993, our immigration team has served over 2000 immigration clients. With that kind of experience, you can be certain that C&T attorneys are well-versed in the ever-changing immigration rules and regulations.  And you can be confident that you’ve received the right advice and that your case won’t be rejected because of outdated information.

Call our office for a confidential and thorough consultation via telephone, office, or Skype.  Our meeting will provide you with a concise roadmap on how to best proceed with your case.

Areas of Representation

  • Employment Immigration Benefit Applications

In today’s global economy, many organizations discover that foreign nationals have the expertise they need. C&T helps these organizations obtain legal permission to bring these talented individuals to the United States. Our immigration attorneys prepare applications for immigration benefits and represent clients before various federal agencies.  Services include tracking of expiration dates, case status charts, state-of-the-art technology, and creative solutions for complex immigration problems. Employers that partner with C&T will eliminate delays due to incorrect/incomplete immigration forms, reduce frequent employee inquiries by directly referring them to our attorneys, save time via our tested and streamlined immigration process, and increase productivity of their talent pool.

  • Immigration for Medical Professionals

Helping medical professionals relocate to and practice in the United States is another  key area of our practice. Through a decade of successful work with physicians, nurses and other medical professionals from around the world, C&T attorneys have gained significant experience and knowledge representing health care providers and the medical facilities that seek to hire them.  For more information about our services for medical professionals, visit our website,

  • Employment Eligibility Verification and Immigration Compliance

Under the watchful eye of the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration (OSC), now more than ever, all employers must take care that their immigration compliance procedures withstand scrutiny.  C&T advises clients on the best practices to ensure compliance with employment eligibility verification (I-9) requirements arising out of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) while avoiding immigration discrimination violations of the Unfair Immigration Related Employment Practice. We also conduct self-audits and training for employers and advise and represent employers who receive audit notices from ICE, EEOC, Department of Labor, and other immigration-related agencies. And, in addition to I-9 compliance and guidance on using the E-Verify system, C&T helps employers with labor condition application (LCA) compliance associated with H-1B visas and Department of Labor LCA regulations. We also advise and represent companies that are subject to investigations conducted by OSC for immigration-related discrimination claims.

  • Deemed Export Control Compliance

Export licensing regulations are administered and enforced by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the US Department of Commerce and other agencies. Even if your company does not directly export goods to other countries, the hire of a foreign national can trigger the “deemed export” rule. C&T assists client with deemed export licensing, compliance counseling,  representation in enforcement actions and government investigations, audits of export control programs, and In-house training on deemed export rules.

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs and other major changes in a company’s organization can have a critical impact on the visa status and continued employment eligibility of key executives, managers and professional staff. C&T works proactively with clients involved in mergers and acquisitions or any diversification activity to efficiently address related immigration issues. We perform due diligence investigations that include a close analysis of the current immigration status of the employees and a determination of the impact of the corporate change on this status and filing of the applications necessary to maintain each employee’s status. After a thorough evaluation, our team will advise and assist you in implementing any immigration strategies that may be necessary.  In addition, we conduct I-9 audits of the acquired company so that the parties properly negotiate the liabilities involved.

  • Family Immigration Benefit Applications

Whether you’re looking to bring family members from abroad or just seeking new opportunities, let your immigration needs be handled by true immigration attorneys. C&T attorneys handle all types of family-based immigration and make the process a breeze for families or individuals looking to immigrate to the United States. C&T takes care of green card applications for spouses, parents, children and siblings as well as fiancé visas for future spouses of U.S. citizens.

Section Head:  Angela Lopez