Grant Sovern practices in the area of immigration law and is chair of Quarles & Brady’s national immigration practice. His area of concentration is employment immigration for employers and employees, specifically non-immigrant visas such as the H-1B, L-1, O-1, TN and immigrant visas (permanent residence) through employment means such as outstanding researcher, extraordinary ability, and labor certification. He counsels companies on developing, maintaining, and defending immigration compliance programs.
Grant’s experience includes:
- Representing pharmaceutical/biotech and high-tech companies to implement overall immigration policies and procedures.
- Counseling health care systems, hospitals, and physicians to navigate the immigration regulations related to waivers of the J-1 home residency requirement through the Conrad state programs, H-1B visas, O-1 visas, and permanent resident (green card) options.
- Assisting employers and employees with PERM Labor Certification filings to obtain permanent residence.
- Developing I-9 compliance and enforcement programs for companies.
- Representing scientists and others in pursuing J-1 waivers through the no-objection process and U.S. interested government agencies.