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Immigration laws are complex and unforgiving. Small mistakes such as missing deadlines, not being aware of the latest regulatory changes or not filing paperwork properly can ruin employment opportunities, dash dreams of a better life and even split up families. Clients rely on Dean Mead for immigration counsel because of our years of experience in this ever-changing area of the law and our certified expertise.
Thousands of lawyers in Florida practice immigration and nationality law, but only 75 are certified by The Florida Bar as experts in this field. Our practice is led by one of those Florida Bar-certified experts, Catherine Henin-Clark.
For more than 30 years, Ms. Henin-Clark has represented individuals and employers in every aspect of the immigration process. An immigrant herself, she has a personal understanding of the challenges facing her clients. Although Ms. Henin-Clark practices from our Orlando office, her practice is national, and she represents clients across the United States and around the globe. She handles all types of visa applications for individuals and counsels employers to ensure compliance with U.S. immigration laws and in obtaining visas for employees.
In addition to her certification by The Florida Bar, Ms. Henin-Clark has earned respect from her peers. She has served as chair and committee member of The Florida Bar board that certifies lawyers in immigration and nationality law, and she speaks frequently to bar and business groups in the U.S. and abroad. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is fluent in Spanish, French and English.
Ms. Henin-Clark also has done extensive pro bono work, representing families that face separation, children in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and same-sex or transgender immigrants who face discrimination and violence in their native countries.
Almost 100 bills directly affecting immigration have been introduced in the U.S. Congress over the past two years, many with conflicting goals and uncertain consequences. While almost every political faction agrees that our immigration system is broken, the current Congress remains deadlocked on comprehensive immigration reform. Nonetheless, the rules are fluid because existing laws give immigration authorities great latitude in interpreting the law and legislating by regulatory fiat. At the same time, the White House is taking an activist approach toward immigration policy. The result is that while no bills are passing Congress, on-the-ground regulations that affect individuals who want to immigrate into the U.S. are constantly changing. While there has been much attention devoted to the administration’s efforts to curtail illegal immigration, steps also are being taken to reduce legal immigration, mostly through stricter interpretation of existing law and regulations. Nothing is routine in the current immigration environment.
Our long experience monitoring the politics of immigration, as well as the often-changing emphasis on enforcement, allows us to anticipate problems that could emerge for clients and to protect their interests. The national conversation is about big policy issues, but our focus is on obtaining results for our individual and business clients.
In addition to representing individuals, we represent businesses that seek to bring in foreign workers. We also assist employers with employment eligibility verification, I-9 audits, E-Verify and compliance with all immigration laws. We have successfully represented thousands of individuals and businesses in obtaining their immigration goals.
Clients sometimes come to us wanting to use a specific immigration program or visa, but we find there often are misunderstandings about what is appropriate for their situation. We ask clients to focus on outcomes. Is the goal to bring a family member to the U.S.? Does the client want to obtain or extend a work visa? Is the client facing deportation proceedings? Does a business need to bring in foreign nationals whose skills are difficult to find in the U.S.? Does a business face problems in documenting its good-faith compliance with immigration regulations?
Each client’s situation is different, but our years of experience have taught us that clients often back themselves into a corner when they start an immigration process without the benefit of advice from an experienced immigration attorney.
We cannot emphasize this enough: Whether you retain our firm or someone else, do not risk your future by attempting to navigate the complex immigration process without qualified counsel. Some mistakes are very difficult to fix if the process is not implemented properly from the beginning.
There are dozens of variations of visa programs that can aid immigration clients, and we won’t attempt to explain all of them. No matter your situation as an individual or business, it is likely that we have past experience that will inform us in helping you.