RSST Law Group represents companies and individuals from a wide variety of industries and professions, with particular expertise in the following fields:
Academic & Research Institutions
RSST Law Group represents numerous universities, academic institutions and affiliated research institutions in the Boston area and other regions of the U.S. We have a dedicated legal team whose practice is focused on securing temporary work visas and permanent residence for employees of academic and research institutions. We handle both employer-sponsored and self-petitioned cases.
Our expertise extends to Extraordinary Ability petitions (EB-1A), Outstanding Professor / Researcher petitions (EB-1B), National Interest Waiver petitions (EB-2), complex J-1 Waivers, H-1B Specialty Occupation petitions, O-1 Extraordinary Ability petitions, Special Handling Labor Certifications, and regular Labor Certifications. Employees who benefit from our expertise in the academic and research domains include:
Architecture, Design, Engineering & Construction Companies
Over the years, RSST Law Group has represented a considerable number of clients in the architecture, design, engineering and construction industries, including firms ranging in size from small proprietorships to firms with office locations throughout the United States to those with an international presence. Our attorneys understand the challenges associated with structuring H-1B specialty occupation arguments for positions that may traditionally not qualify, dealing with prevailing wage issues, understanding licensing and registration requirements as these relate to securing work visas, and changing worksites. Employees who benefit from our expertise in the architecture, design, engineering and construction domains include:
- Architects (including Landscape Architects)
- Construction and Material Engineers
- Designers (including Architectural, Graphic, Interior, and Urban Designers)
- Structural and Civil Engineers
- Urban Planners
- Virtual Design Engineers
Entrepreneurs & Investors
Existing visa categories present unique challenges to investors and entrepreneurs. Despite government initiatives intended to spur and promote investment and entrepreneurship, the existing categories have many limitations. The attorneys at RSST Law Group recognize that innovative approaches and flexible interpretation of existing visa categories are key to advising investors and entrepreneurs.
RSST Law Group partners with startup companies to identify the startup’s short-term and long-term goals, then strategizes to identify nonimmigrant and immigration visa options to meet those goals. We also coordinate with corporate counsel, tax advisors and management advisors to understand the business model and legal structure of the U.S. entity and to compile necessary legal documentation.
Investors & Entrepreneurs can benefit from our experience advising on and securing nonimmigrant and immigrant visas under the following categories: B-1 Business Visitor, B-1 in lieu of H-1B, H-1B Specialty Occupation, O-1 Extraordinary Ability, E-2 Treaty Investors, New Office L-1 for Intracompany Transferees, Extraordinary Ability (EB-1A), and National Interest Waiver (EB-2).
Hospitals & Healthcare Institutions
The firm’s clients include some of the largest and most renowned healthcare institutions, medical schools and teaching hospitals in the Boston area. We work in partnership with in-house legal departments and Human Resources departments, as well as with personnel responsible for graduate medical education. Due to the close affiliation between many teaching hospitals and universities, we also work closely with staff located in the universities’ foreign student advisor and general counsel’s offices.
Our attorneys’ expertise includes Extraordinary Ability petitions (EB-1A), Outstanding Researcher petitions (EB-1B), National Interest Waiver petitions (EB-2), National Interest Waiver Physician petitions (EB-2), J-1 Waivers (including Conrad and HHS), H-1B Specialty Occupation petitions, O-1 Extraordinary Ability petitions, regular Labor Certifications (EB-2 and EB-3) and Schedule A Labor Certifications. As a result of our extensive experience in this area, our attorneys are well versed in the intricacies of securing immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for foreign health care workers, including:
- Medical Residents and Fellows
- Medical Technologists and Technicians
Information Technology, Telecommunications, & High-Tech Companies
RSST Law Group has extensive experience in representing IT, telecommunications and high-tech companies in a variety of employment-based immigration matters, including nonimmigrant and immigrant visa categories such as H-1B nonimmigrant visas, TN status for certain Canadian and Mexican professionals, L-1A and L-1B visas for intracompany transferees, O-1 Extraordinary Ability petitions, Extraordinary Ability petitions (EB-1A), Outstanding Researcher petitions (EB-1B), and Multinational Manager or Executive petitions (EB-1C), and labor certifications and visa petitions for the Employment-Based 2nd preference (EB-2) category for Advanced Degree professionals and the Employment-Based 3rd preference (EB-3) category for Professionals and Skilled Workers. We regularly communicate with HR personnel and hiring managers to develop case strategies and provide employee-specific legal memos on defined strategies, when deemed appropriate. We employ creative approaches that focus not only on short-term goals but also on long-term strategies for the company’s employees.
Employees who benefit from our expertise in the IT, telecom and high-tech domains include:
- Computer and Information Systems Managers, Program Managers, and Project Managers
- Computer and Information Research Scientists
- Computer Network Architects
- Computer Support Specialists
- Computer Systems Analysts
- Database Administrators
- Information Security Analysts
- Network and Computer Systems Administrators
- Software Developers, Web Developers, and Computer Programmers
Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical, & Biotechnology Companies
RSST Law Group has extensive experience with the immigration needs of pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Our attorneys have represented a wide range of companies, from global, industry-leading corporations to Boston-based startups. Our expertise includes Extraordinary Ability petitions (EB-1A), Outstanding Professor / Researcher petitions (EB-1B), Multinational Manager or Executive petitions (EB-1C), National Interest Waiver petitions (EB-2), H-1B Specialty Occupation petitions, O-1 Extraordinary Ability petitions, and PERM labor certifications. Our experience also extends to issues of ability-to-pay for startup companies, I-9 compliance, and development of internal immigration policies. Employees who benefit from our expertise in this area include professionals in all stages of product / service development, the drug development lifecycle, and supporting roles, such as:
- Bioinformatics / biostatistics professionals
- Clinical trial managers
- Quality assurance professionals
- Product marketing managers
- Regulatory compliance professionals
- Statistical programmers
- Other managers and executives
Our attorneys also counsel employers on broader issues that impact the immigration status of employees in nonimmigrant status. These services include:
- Advising and securing Blanket L-1 approvals to facilitate the transfer of key resources from abroad;
- Third-party worksite strategy development and individual case development;
- Assessment of materiality of changes to jobs (titles / duties / location) and need to amend petitions with USCIS;
- Advice regarding short-term nonimmigrant visa options in lieu of visa sponsorship;
- Advice and representation surrounding USCIS site visits under the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program (ASVVP); and
- Research and guidance involving outbound immigration.
For more information please see our Additional Employer Services page.