Heather's immigration practice primarily involves matters tied to the recruitment, hire, transfer, and retention of international workers. She counsels corporate and individual clients on a range of immigration matters including non-immigrant visas, permanent residency, citizenship, and worksite compliance. She routinely handles matters with a number of different government agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department of Labor, and the Department of State.
Heather has extensive experience with a wide range of non-immigrant classifications, such as H-1B, H-2B, L-1, TN, J-1, E, O, and P. She is well-versed in issues relating to employment-based and merit-based petitions, including PERM labor certifications, multinational manager petitions, extraordinary ability and outstanding professor and researcher petitions, and national interest waivers.
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); AILA Texas Service Center Liaison Committee, 2015-2016; AILA Department of Labor Liaison Committee, 2019-2020.
“The Extraordinary Ability Challenge for the Athlete Turned Coach,” October 2016, AILA Insight; “Can a History of Extraordinary Athletic Ability Help Sports Coaches Work in the USA?” September 21, 2016, LawInSport; “K-S-Y and The Athlete-Turned-Coach Immigration Challenge,” August 17, 2016, Law360 (republished in Benders Immigration Bulletin).
BA, University of Kansas; JD, University of Houston Law Center