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Immigration and Nationality Law

Kerr Russell's immigration practice serves a diverse group of clients, including publicly-traded companies, privately-held businesses, smaller start-up ventures, and families and individuals. Our practice encompasses all aspects of the international movement of temporary visitors, employees, and family members.

Our attorneys assist employers and individuals in achieving their unique objectives, guiding our clients through restrictive regulations and onerous filing requirements, while ensuring compliance with U.S. immigration law. In a world in which capital flows freely, businesses operate across borders, and employees and contractors must be agile and mobile, our immigration team offers comprehensive knowledge of immigration laws, policies, and procedures, and practical experience in helping clients overcome their toughest immigration challenges.

Our experience includes:

  • Non-immigrant visas for temporary visits or employment in the United States
  • Employment-based permanent residency
  • Family-based permanent residency
  • EB-5 (Immigrant Investor Program) guidance
  • I-9 compliance training and audits
  • Assistance with government audits and investigations
  • Outbound immigration
  • Candidate eligibility review for immigration benefits
  • Naturalization

Our immigration lawyers are supported by a team of attorneys experienced in business law, employment law, litigation, and taxation, which allows us to provide clients a comprehensive approach to planning and problem-solving.

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Robert S. Anderson

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Kate M. McCarroll

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Miroslava Orduño Rincón

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September 4, 2019

Immigration Attorney, Kate McCarroll Featured in Lawyer Monthly

Immigration is an ongoing issue across the globe, especially in the US. Kate McCarroll discusses what companies need to consider if they are hiring foreign nationals and if there is need for reform in employment-based immigration law.

June 21, 2019

Immigration Insider - Summer 2019

U.S. Visa Applicants Must Now Submit Social Media Information The U.S. Department of State is now requiring most U.S. visa applicants to provide information about their social media accounts. As of May 31, applicants must provide the social media platforms, user names, email addresses and phone numbers they have used for the five years preceding the application. For non-immigrant visa applicants, this information is collected on the DS-160, prior to scheduling a Consulate appointment. For those applying for an immigrant visa, the additional queries have been added to the DS-260.

March 19, 2019

Immigration Insider – USCIS Processing and Cap Filings of H-1B Petitions

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) recently announced that it resumed the availability of Premium Processing for all types of H-1B petitions. In August 2018, as an effort to reduce its significant backlog, USCIS suspended Premium Processing for all H1B petitions other than those filed by cap-exempt employers or filed to request an extension without a change in employer or position.

March 5, 2019

Kerr Russell Attorney Discusses Immigration Matters And The H-1B Visa Approval Process

Local attorneys say delays for visa petitions for foreign national workers are putting businesses in a bind. Tougher scrutiny by immigration officials of foreign workers seeking visas is tying the hands of businesses trying to fill high-skill jobs, local immigration attorneys say. Visa petitions are requiring more documentation, and delays and denials are on the rise.

December 18, 2018

Immigration Insider - Potential Changes to Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap Filings (Winter 2018)

Potential Changes to Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap Filings On November 30, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) issued a proposed rule that would require pre-registration for employers wishing to sponsor individuals for H-1B status. Additionally, the proposal would change the manner in which USCIS counts H-1B filings toward the cap. The proposal is open for public comments until January 2, 2019.

June 27, 2018

Remembering “Sara and Jane” - Thoughts on immigration law and abuse victims seeking asylum

Early in my career, I handled asylum cases for two women who fled to the United States because they had been abused by their husbands and feared further harm. They were the only asylum cases I ever handled. Each won her claim, and I am hopeful that they are now U.S. citizens, living happy, productive, safe lives in the country that opened its arms to them when they were most afraid.

June 24, 2018

In the name of love

The last few weeks have brought an incredible amount of content concerning the separation of families happening at the border under the current administration's zero tolerance immigration policy and the lack of planning concerning a resolution for those families that were separated prior to the signing of the recent Executive Order.

May 17, 2018

Changes for Accrual of Unlawful Presence by Students and Exchange Visitors are coming

On May 11, 2018 the USCIS released a policy memorandum delineating forthcoming changes on how unlawful presence will be calculated for individuals holding principal or dependent F, J and M non-immigrant status.

May 10, 2018

VIDEO: 5 in 15 - Immigration, Labor, & Employment Legal Trends: Sexual Harrassment, Transgender Employees, Employment Manuals (NLRB's Boeing Decision), Department of Homeland Security Oversight, Immigration Challenges

Kerr Russell attorneys Kate McCarroll and Katherine Cser discuss the top five issues today in immigration, labor and employment law.

April 25, 2018

EVP Portal and the 2019 H-1B lottery

By Miroslava Orduño Rincón - As I mentioned in various other posts, fee receipt notices for cases selected in the 2019 H-1B Fiscal Year lottery started to roll this week. The process of notifying individuals that were selected and rejected takes several weeks, with lucky winners usually finding out first and the rejected packages arriving later. Understandably, the process is nerve wracking for applicants, specially for those who are running out of optional practical training (OPT) time.

January 26, 2018

Download Kerr Russell's updated firm brochure and overview of services

Kerr Russell is proud of Detroit. We are proud to have had a seat at the table here since 1874. Our exceptional attorneys understand the unique challenges facing business leaders. Our legal solutions are prompt, accurate, economical, and focused around your needs in every area. We know Michigan business like the back of our hands.

January 25, 2018

“And this is how it goes. For more than 15 years.” Finding resolution for DACA, Dreamers

DACA. Dreamers. These words have become part of our American lexicon, invoking debate passionate enough to bring our federal government to a halt. The terms, and the individuals to whom we pin these labels, are the topic of national discussion, from the break room to cable news to the halls of Congress.

January 19, 2018

How does a federal government shut down affect immigration agencies?

Unless lawmakers come to a last-minute agreement, the U.S. government will shut down at 12:01 AM on Saturday, January 20, 2018. The last such Federal shutdown occurred from October 1-16, 2013. A Federal government shutdown results in a stoppage of all budget-funded and “non-essential” services.

January 15, 2018

Honoring the legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and every day, we at Kerr Russell honor Reverend King’s leadership and his legacy as well as the critical importance of diversity and opportunity in this great land of ours. Strength comes from difference; a multiplicity of voices brings positive change; understanding and inclusion inspire creativity and innovation.

January 12, 2018

What is Temporary Protected Status?

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is available to nationals of designated countries who are present in the United States, but unable to safely return to their home country. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security designates which countries are eligible for TPS on account of an armed conflict in the country; an environmental disaster (e.g. earthquake or hurricane); an epidemic; or other extraordinary conditions.

December 19, 2017

Problems with Dependent Visa Issuance at U.S. Consulates

Two of my clients have experienced similar errors at U.S. Consulates in China and Egypt as it concerns dependent visas for spouses that have never held that status. This appears to be a new issue, and I have filed a report with the American Immigration Lawyers Association AILA. I will provide updates as I receive them. My full analysis follows ...

December 14, 2017

Immigration Insider - Travel Restrictions, USCIS Ends Deference to Extensions of Nonimmigrant Status, Online Naturalization Application, New H-1B Filings (Winter 2017)

Implementation of Presidential Proclamation Regarding Travel Restrictions On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a third travel ban, after the initial two versions were found unconstitutional by the U.S. courts.

November 2, 2017

Miroslava Orduño Rincón addresses document retention regarding employees' Form I-9

In the latest issue of dbusiness, Miroslava Orduño Rincon, immigration partner, addresses the question: "Should an employer retain copies of documentation presented by employees for Form I-9?" View the original post here.

November 2, 2017

What is the Diversity Visa Lottery?

Established in 1990, the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery program allocates 50,000 immigrant visas (green cards) each year to individuals from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. For example, citizens from most African and European countries are eligible – those from India, Mexico, Canada, and other high-volume U.S. immigration countries are not. Applicants to the DV Lottery must meet minimum education or work experience requirements to be eligible for the program. Entries are submitted online, and winners are randomly chosen.

October 25, 2017

USCIS Changes Existing Policy Regarding L-1B Extensions

Via a policy memorandum dated October 23, 2017, the USCIS has rescinded prior guidance from 2004 concerning the significance of a prior L1B at the time of an extension application.

October 10, 2017

Mutual Suspension of Visa Issuance Between the United States and Turkey

Following the arrest of a U.S. Consulate employee by Turkish authorities in Istanbul, the United States Mission in Turkey announced on October 8, 2017 the immediate suspension of all non-immigrant visa services at all posts in the country.

September 28, 2017

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is urging employers to express support of H-1B program

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is urging employers who "have utilized the H-1B program successfully and responsibly" to write to their members of congress to express their support for the program.

September 19, 2017

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Selected H-1B Petitions

On September 18, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would be resuming premium processing for H-1B petitions subject to the 2018 cap. The resumption of this service applies both to Bachelor and Master’s Cap applications.

September 15, 2017

Immigration Insider - In-Person Interviews Expanded, Attorney Representation at Border, Denial of Advanced Parole, and DACA (Fall 2017)

The Fall 2017 edition of Kerr Russell's Immigration Insider has been published.

November 10, 2016

Immigration Alert: Potential Impact of the Presidential Election

Following the election, our office has received numerous inquiries from clients regarding how their immigration status will be impacted by the Trump presidency.

June 19, 2012

Meghan Kennedy Riordan authors "Independent Contractors or Employees?"

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) legally mandates that United States employers verify the employment eligibility of every person one hires.

December 14, 2011

Kate McCarroll authors "I-9 Compliance in Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions"

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has recently increased its investigation and enforcement efforts in regards to I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification Form) compliance. In June 2011, ICE agents served subpoenas on 1,000 employers across the United States which required that they turn over original I-9 forms, as well as significant corporate documentation, for review.
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August 15, 2019

15 Lawyers From Kerr Russell Are Recognized In The Best Lawyers In America© 2020

A total of 15 lawyers from Kerr Russell are named to the prestigious 2020 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America©. The award is given annually in recognition of being named as part of the “top legal talent in the U.S.”

September 21, 2018

Kerr Russell sponsors, partners attend Metropolitan Detroit's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For 2018 event

Kerr Russell was pleased to be a silver sponsor for today’s Corp! Magazine / The Best and Brightest Programs event held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, celebrating those who create innovative, engaging, inclusive work cultures. Attending on behalf of the firm: Kate McCarroll, member - immigration; Miroslava Orduno Rincon, member - immigration; and Roy Sexton, director of marketing.

September 18, 2018

Immigration Insider - Updates regarding premium processing, petition denials (Fall 2018)

Increase in Premium Processing Fee U.S Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that beginning October 1, 2018, the fee for premium processing will be raised to $1,410 (from $1,225). USCIS explained that the purpose of the fee increase is “to more effectively adjudicate petitions and maintain effective service to petitioners.”  Premium processing is currently available for some I-129 and I-140 petitions, and allows petitioners to request 15 day processing of certain filings with payment of the additional fee.

September 6, 2018

Kerr Russell attorneys, friends attend second annual New Americans Appreciation Gala - September 6 at The Henry

It was a beautiful evening celebrating the remarkable accomplishments of immigrants in America. Kerr Russell’s Brandy Mathie, Robert Anderson, James Cambridge and Mary Cambridge, Miroslava Orduno Rincon and KeVin Knox, and Roy Sexton attended the 2nd annual New Americans Appreciation Gala on September 6 at The Henry in Dearborn.

July 20, 2018

Kate McCarroll published in Michigan Lawyers Weekly - “Remembering 'Sara and Jane': Thoughts on immigration law and abuse victims seeking asylum”

Congratulations to Kate McCarroll, member (immigration), whose opinion piece "Remembering 'Sara and Jane' - Thoughts on immigration law and abuse victims seeking asylum" was published by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Excerpt: "Early in my career, I handled asylum cases for two women who fled to the United States because they had been abused by their husbands and feared further harm. They were the only asylum cases I ever handled. Each won her claim, and I am hopeful that they are now U.S. citizens, living happy, productive, safe lives in the country that opened its arms to them when they were most afraid."

July 9, 2018

Kerr Russell - DBusiness Magazine's "Faces of Corporate Law 2018"

Kerr Russell is proud to serve as DBusiness Magazine's "Faces of Corporate Law" 2018. Partners pictured: Jackie Klima (construction/surety), Mike Carroll (construction/surety), Miroslava Orduno Rincon (immigration), and Rich Buslepp (corporate).

June 25, 2018

Kerr Russell featured as advertiser in Corp! Magazine's annual Human Resources Guide

Be on the lookout for Corp! Magazine's special edition "2018 Human Resource Guide." From the publisher: "In partnership with the Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, this issue focuses on best practices in the workplace.

June 18, 2018

Immigration Insider: Change in Delivery of Secure Documents, FY 2019 H-1B Lottery Petitions, and I-751 Removal of Conditions Extension (Summer 2018)

Change in Delivery of Secure Documents In an effort to increase the "security, integrity, and efficiency of document delivery," U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that beginning April 30, 2018, it would utilize a new delivery method for "green cards," employment authorization documents (EADs), and travel documents (e.g. re-entry permits). The new method requires beneficiaries to present identification to confirm identity and sign for their documents in order to receive delivery.

April 30, 2018

New process for delivery of secure USCIS documents via U.S. Postal Service

In an effort to increase the "security, integrity, and efficiency of document delivery", the USCIS has announced that effective April 30, 2018, it will begin utilizing a new delivery method for "green cards", employment authorization documents, and other travel documents such as re-entry permits.

March 29, 2018

Detroit Public Television's PBSNewsHour and Nightly Business Report to be sponsored by Kerr Russell

Kerr Russell is pleased to support Detroit Public Television, and, beginning April 2, the following spot will air during PBS NewsHour (weekdays, 6-7 pm) and the Nightly Business Report (weekdays, 7-7:30 pm). View the spot here.

February 26, 2018

Kerr Russell's latest ad "Driven By Results" debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week

Kerr Russell's latest ad "Driven By Results" debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week. The ad emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. "We understand the region. We know what moves Michigan. We are committed to the community."

January 17, 2018

Ken Lombardo, Robert Anderson featured in Crain's Detroit Business

Congratulations to Robert Anderson and Ken Lombardo for being featured in this week's Crain's Detroit Business "People on the Move." Both were named members (partners) of the firm, effective January 1. You can view the Crain's piece online here.

January 15, 2018

Influencing the Legal Landscape - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in dbusiness

Kerr Russell introduces the third ad in the new "Est. in Detroit 1874" series: "Influencing the legal landscape." The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. "We don't sit on the sidelines. We are active in industry groups and we're driving legislative change. We are leaders in the law."

January 3, 2018

Kerr Russell highlighted in Best Lawyers - Business, Winter 2017 issue

Look for Kerr Russell attorneys and advertising (pages 92-95) in the Best Lawyers - Business, Winter 2017 issue. Earlier in 2017, a number of Kerr Russell's attorneys and practice areas were honored with U.S. News and World Report Best Lawyers recognition.

January 1, 2018

Kerr Russell selects Robert Anderson, Kenneth Lombardo as new members

Kerr Russell is pleased to announce that Robert S. Anderson, immigration law, and Kenneth R. Lombardo, corporate law, have been selected to become members (partners) of the firm, effective January 1.

December 18, 2017

Kerr Russell team makes holiday donations to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, and Children's Hospital of Michigan

One of our traditions here at Kerr Russell is to hold a holiday raffle to benefit three local charities as well as to conduct a toy drive for local children. This year's raffle (many of the beautiful and festive prizes picture here) raised a record total of $3,450 which will be divided equally among three organizations: Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc., and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor.

December 12, 2017

Kate McCarroll named one of Crain's Business Detroit's Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan - 2017

We at Kerr Russell are so proud to have two of our attorneys recognized by Crain's Detroit Business as Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan - 2017. Great work, Kate McCarroll, on your selection! From Crain's announcement...

December 12, 2017

Kate McCarroll named one of Crain's Business Detroit's Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan - 2017

We at Kerr Russell are so proud to have two of our attorneys recognized by Crain's Detroit Business as Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan - 2017. Great work, Kate McCarroll, on your selection! From Crain's announcement...

November 30, 2017

Merry and bright ... Kerr Russell welcomes the holiday season

It's a time to celebrate, reflect and remember. However you mark the holidays, we hope your days are filled with warmth and thankfulness, good times, and endless cheer. As another year draws to a close, we at Kerr Russell are grateful to you. You give purpose to our work and add meaning to our relationships. Your trust is a cherished gift. Enjoy these images as we get our offices ready to celebrate the holiday season. Design by Mandy Lark of Lark Interior Design.

November 20, 2017

Miroslava Orduno Rincon receives AVVO's Top Contributor Award

Miroslava Orduno Rincon, member - immigration, was just named by AVVO as a Top Contributor for 2017, amassing 1500 points for the calendar year. According to AVVO's website, points are garnered when member attorneys "answer questions in Q&A forums, publish informative guides on the issues and practice areas they know best, and evaluate the contributions of their peers."

November 16, 2017

Culture of Connection - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in Michigan Lawyers Weekly and dbusiness

Kerr Russell introduces the second ad in the new "Est. in Detroit 1874" series: "A culture of connection." The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. "We are relationship focused. We know our people and our clients are the lifeblood of our firm."

November 8, 2017

Kerr Russell hosts Inforum's Downtown Detroit Luncheon Affinity Group to capacity crowd on November 8

Kerr Russell hosted the November meeting of Inforum Michigan's Downtown Detroit affinity group on November 8. Companies represented included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Atlas Advisors, The Children’s Center, Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, Michigan Office for New Americas, General Motors, Nachi Robotic Systems, FranNet of Michigan, Iannuzzi Manetta and Company, Presbysterian Villages of Michigan, HAP, and AXA Advisors.

November 6, 2017

Kerr Russell salutes Zonta Club of Pontiac North Oakland for 90 years of service

Kate McCarroll, member, writes, "Thank you, Zonta Club of Pontiac North Oakland, for your service to women in our community and worldwide. Inspiring women of all ages to think big, effect change, and mentor others is as essential today as it was on your founding day. Thank you."

November 3, 2017

Kerr Russell launches new advertising in upcoming issues of dbusiness and Crain's Detroit

With this month's issue of dbusiness, focused on Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Kerr Russell launches its new brand advertising with "A Track Record of Results." Working with Identity Public Relations and Marketing, Kerr Russell's marketing team developed the creative to emphasize the firm's longstanding place in Detroit's legal and business history.

November 1, 2017

Kerr Russell ranked in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 17 practice areas

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the eighth consecutive year, announce the "Best Law Firms" rankings.

October 18, 2017

Kerr Russell colleagues run Detroit Free Press Half Marathon

Over the past weekend, three Kerr Russell colleagues ran in the Detroit Free Press half marathon. Congrats to Kate McCarroll, member, and Andrea Bartolotta and Kristina Kalfayan, administrative team.

September 19, 2017

Kerr Russell team places second and scores longest drive at Detroit Chinese Business Association golf outing

At the 22nd Annual Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA) International Golf Opening at Indianwood Golf and Country Club, our attorneys experienced a great afternoon of golfing and kinship, plus a wonderful dinner with opening remarks by Executive Office, Oakland County, Michigan's Deputy Executive Matthew Gibb.

September 19, 2017

Miroslava Orduno Rincon volunteers at DACA Renewal Clinic

Kerr Russell Member Miroslava Orduno Rincon volunteered at the September 18 DACA Renewal Clinic - Detroit.

September 13, 2017

Inforum Detroit Affinity Group, 9/13 at Punch Bowl Social Detroit

Attorney Miroslava Orduno Rincon attended today's Inforum Detroit Affinity group with Director of Marketing Roy Sexton.

January 30, 2017

Immigration Alert: Executive Order & Travel

On Friday, January 27, President Trump signed an Executive Order which bars individuals who are citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia from entering the United States for at least 90 days.

November 1, 2016

Kerr Russell Attorneys Named 2016 Super Lawyers

Kerr Russell attorneys have been named SuperLawyers for 2016, two have been named to the Michigan Top 100 and four have been named as Rising Stars.