Immigration attorneys in North Carolina tend to focus on either employment based or family based immigration. Lawyers focusing on immigration law help individuals work legally in the United States, defend against deportation actions, file asylum requests, or apply for citizenship or naturalization. Employment based immigration attorneys help businesses with compliance issues under state or federal law, help foreign workers get temporary work visas or a green card for permanent residence, obtain an E-1 or E-2 visa or the H-1B visa for specialty occupations, or work with executives in multinational corporations for an L-1A visa or TN visa for companies in Canada or Mexico under NAFTA. Many immigration attorneys in North Carolina are former INS attorneys.
Board Certified Specialist in Immigration Law in North Carolina - On March 6, 1997, Immigration Law was approved as the sixth specialty area in North Carolina. Thereafter, the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization designated immigration law as a field of law for certification of specialists under the North Carolina Plan of Legal Specialization.
State Bar Rules, Ch. 1, Subch. D, .2602 defines the specialty of immigration law as the "practice of law dealing with obtaining and retaining permission to enter and remain in the United States including, but not limited to, such matters as visas, changes of status, deportation and exclusion, naturalization, appearances before courts and governmental agencies, and protection of constitutional rights."
AILA promotes justice, advocates for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advances the quality of immigration and nationality law and practices to enhance the professional development of its members.