Michael Wooley has 23 years of experience in employment-based immigration and his practice focuses solely on immigration. Mike specializes in working with C-level corporate officers and general counsels to formulate long-term immigration plans and short-term solutions for U.S. and international companies. Mike regularly speaks on immigration topics to various professional organizations and enjoys training clients’ HR teams. His expertise encompasses non-immigrant and immigrant business visas, including PERM filings and National Interest Waivers. Mike has exceptional success defending USDOL PERM audits and interfacing with immigration-related federal agencies. He has successfully represented clients in immigration appeals and immigration court. He also assists clients’ employees with family-based immigration matters and naturalization. A former Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, Mike is fluent in oral and written Spanish.
Highlights from Michael's experience include:
-Works with investors and their families from the early stage of E non-immigrant visas through EB-5 immigrant investor visa status to obtain U.S. permanent residency and ultimately U.S. citizenship, if desired
-Advises employers of all sizes regarding complex H-1B issues, including wage and benefit obligations, cap gap issues and roving employees
Represents multinational companies in obtaining visas and advises U.S. permanent resident employees on maintaining U.S. status while working abroad
-High approval record on labor certification applications for employees in numerous fields, including healthcare, higher education, information technology and engineering
-Represents highly skilled foreign nationals and their employers regarding permanent resident categories for outstanding researchers, persons of extraordinary ability in their field and persons whose work impacts national interest