The focus of Masuda Funai’s immigration practice is business immigration oriented, so our clients are assured by the firm’s eight decades of experience, providing comprehensive legal counsel in all aspects of this highly specialized area of practice. We know, from practical experience, that the right talent can significantly impact a company’s business objectives. As a result, our attorneys consistently develop thoughtful and effectual immigration strategies that further each client’s specific agenda through the employment of foreign nationals. Simply, we work with employers to set up and operate businesses in the U.S. and move their most important asset — people — across the border.
Our firm is among the larger immigration practices in the Midwest, annually representing hundreds of corporate employers from diverse global industries. Our clients include publicly traded companies, privately held corporations, educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. Our attorneys file approximately 2,500 petitions and applications with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of States (DOS) each year. As proactive legal counsel, we also regularly conduct seminars and tutorials for corporate clients, educational institutions and industry associations on legal issues affecting businesses operating in the U.S., which are particularly of value to foreign-owned companies.
We begin with a multi-dimensional understanding of each client’s industry, operations, culture, country of origin and corporate goals. We are dedicated to remaining at the forefront of immigration protocol. Employers know that immigration rules and regulations are ever-changing and increasingly aggressive audits and investigations by the DOL and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are now common. In response, we work regularly and closely with government agencies, embassies, consulates and immigration offices while seeking to maintain positive working relationships with such agencies and their staff. We respond quickly and with meticulous attention to detail to regulatory requirements in support of our clients’ immigration objectives, as well as make ourselves available through open communication, flexibility and multiple language capabilities across national and international time zones.
Our constant focus is to help our clients to effectively compete domestically and leverage the global market for talent. Whether investing in or starting a business in the U.S., relocating from abroad, transferring within the U.S. from another company, or joining the American workforce via student status, we propose inbound immigration strategies that consistently achieve long- and short-term goals and ably guide clients through the complex maze of U.S. immigration. We also assist our clients with their ongoing obligations in maintaining and documenting their domestic and foreign-based workforce, as well as provide counsel on immigration-related due diligence in mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions.