Business Immigration Practice Group

					Business Immigration Practice Group
Business Immigration Practice Group
In this increasingly global economy, it is essential for United States companies to secure and retain multinational talent
in order to maintain a competitive advantage. Honigman’s business immigration attorneys are highly skilled in assisting
companies in managing complex and ever-changing immigration processes to obtain temporary and permanent work
authorization in the United States.
Honigman’s immigration attorneys are highly experienced in handling business immigration matters for major publicly-
traded and many privately-held companies. Our clients include biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies; Tier
1 and Tier 2 automotive suppliers; health care providers; high technology companies; consulting firms; advertising
agencies; and universities and colleges.
Our attorneys have counseled clients on immigration-related matters in numerous corporate acquisitions and
restructurings to ensure that all employees, and in particular the highest-level executives and key employees of the
company, do not incur a lapse in work authorization. Honigman’s immigration attorneys understand and appreciate the
sensitivity and professionalism required in dealing with large companies and the many stakeholders involved.
Our experience includes:
   •	 Counseling employers on immigration laws and regulations
   •	 First employment-based preference immigrant petitions for multinational managers/executives, outstanding
      researchers and extraordinary ability aliens
   •	 PERM Labor Certification
   •	 Immigrant Petitions based on second and third employment-based preferences
   •	 Adjustment of Status and Consulate Visa Processing
   •	 Reentry Permits, Advance Parole and Employment Authorization
   •	 Intracompany Transferee L-1A and L-1B Individual and Blanket Petitions
   •	 Professional Employee H-1B petitions and Labor Condition Application Compliance
   •	 E-1 Treaty Trader and E-2 Treaty Investor Petitions and Consulate Registration
   •	 O-1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability in the Sciences, Arts and Business Petitions
   •	 J-1 Foreign Residence Requirement Waivers
   •	 Professional Employee TN visa status under the North American Free Trade Agreement
   •	 Temporary entry into Canada and Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement
   •	 Foreign business visitor entry requirements outside the United States
   •	 Form I-9 compliance, audits and policies
   •	 Counseling companies on the impact of mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate reorganizations on
      immigration matters
Honigman’s business immigration attorneys utilize the services of the American Immigration Lawyers Association to
keep abreast of the rapidly changing area of immigration law, which often has a significant impact on how our clients
operate their businesses. Our immigration practice group members work as a team to ensure that client questions are
addressed and work is completed in a timely and efficient manner. Honigman’s Business Immigration Practice Group is
committed to providing world-class, timely, cost-effective, value-added services to our clients and to being responsive to
their needs.
Business Immigration Professionals
                    Carol a. FrIend                                                         JaMIe TedloCK MCCoY
                    Business Immigration Practice Group Chair                               associate
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                                                                                              Jamie Tedlock McCoy earned a J.D. from
                      Carol A. Friend is a Partner at the firm and the
                                                                                              Wayne State University School of Law in
                      Chair of Honigman’s Business Immigration
                                                                         2006. While in law school, she served as an immigration paralegal
Practice Group. She began her legal career in 1996 as a labor
                                                                         at a large Detroit area law firm. Upon graduation, Ms. McCoy
and employment attorney after earning her J.D., summa cum
                                                                         joined a Detroit-area boutique immigration firm, before moving
laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Ms. Friend began
                                                                         to Honigman in January 2010 as an Associate. She counsels
representing employers in U.S. business immigration in 1997 and
                                                                         clients on obtaining temporary and permanent work authorization
joined Honigman in 2000, where she began focusing her practice
                                                                         for employees of national and international companies. She
solely on business immigration. She represents national and
                                                                         assists clients in managing the PERM labor certification process,
international employers in obtaining authorization for employees
                                                                         developing immigration policies, conforming with Form I-9
to work temporarily and permanently in the U.S. and abroad.
                                                                         regulations, E-Verify procedures and public inspection file
She assists clients through the permanent residence process using
                                                                         requirements. Ms. McCoy has been a member of the American
novel approaches to immigration law to expedite the process. In
                                                                         Immigration Lawyers Association since 2006.
addition, Ms. Friend has significant experience in the temporary
transfer of employees to the U.S. and abroad under the North
American Free Trade Agreement. Her experience in immigration                               Karen PeTroS
law is extensive and encompasses a wide variety of industries,                             Paralegal
including agriculture, biotechnology, health care, automotive, tier-
one and tier-two suppliers, robotics, engineering and information                
technology.                                                                                T    313.465.7252

                                                                                          Karen Petros is a Paralegal with more than
She has been named to several top lawyers lists, including The
                                                                                          16 years of business immigration experience,
Best Lawyers in America, DBusiness, Michigan Super Lawyers and is
                                                                                          working in-house and with law firms. Joining
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated. She has
                                                                         Honigman in 2000, she assists Honigman’s immigration attorneys
been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
                                                                         in obtaining temporary nonimmigrant visas and permanent
since 1998.
                                                                         employment-based immigrant visas for national and international
                                                                         companies in a wide variety of industries. Ms. Petros also
                    MeGHan n. CoVIno                                     researches, summarizes and reviews rulings, cases and regulations
                    of Counsel                                           regarding immigration related issues. She earned a B.S. from
                                                                         Madonna University in Paralegal Studies and an A.A.S. from
                                                                         Macomb Community College in Legal Assistant Studies.
                    T 313.465.7406

                    Meghan N. Covino earned a J.D., cum laude,
                    from Boston University School of Law in
                                                                                            TIanna M. MaYner
                                                                                            Immigration Specialist
                    2004. She served as a clerk in New Hampshire
Superior Court for Hon. Richard E. Galway, Hon. William J.                        
Groff, Hon. Bernard J. Hampsey, Jr., and Hon. Gary E. Hicks,                                T 313.465.7242
while in law school. Before joining Honigman in 2006, she
served as the Manager of Faculty and Staff Immigration Services                              Tianna M. Mayner is a Specialist in
at the University of Michigan. Ms. Covino, who is Of Counsel                                 Honigman’s Business Immigration Practice
at Honigman, concentrates her practice on employment-based                                   Group and has more than 10 years of
immigration issues for national and international companies in           experience in the legal industry. She assists in providing
obtaining authorization for employees to work in the U.S. She            immigration services to national and international companies
has successfully managed the PERM labor certification process on         in a wide range of industries. Ms. Mayner has significant
behalf of a wide range of industries. Ms. Covino is well versed in       experience in the PERM labor certification process, as well as in
the temporary transfer of employees under the North American             temporary nonimmigrant and permanent employment-based
Free Trade Agreement. She has been a member of the American              immigrant visas. She is proficient in the use of INSZoom, iCert
Immigration Lawyers Association since 2005.                              and AILALink. She earned an M.A. at the University of Detroit
                                                                         Mercy and a B.A. at Oakland University.
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