Michael Smith has represented corporate and nonprofit clients in U.S. business immigration matters for more than a decade, and is experienced in representing higher education institutions and hospitals.
Mike provides representation on all aspects of business immigration law, including complying with the laws and regulations governing Form I-9, and obtaining employment-authorized nonimmigrant status and permanent residence for managerial, professional and other critical personnel.
Prior to entering private practice, Mike was an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, serving at the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer and then at the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Mike entered the Justice Department out of law school through the Attorney General’s Honors Program.
Mike’s pro bono work includes assisting Central American women and children seeking refuge from persecution, preparing citizenship applications and representing children seeking Dream Act/DACA relief.
- Obtained Conrad 30 and other interested government agency waivers of the J visa’s two-year home residence requirement for foreign physicians.
- Successfully represented physicians, scientists and business leaders in obtaining “Extraordinary Ability” classification for an O-1 visa or permanent residence.
- Obtained “Outstanding Researcher” based permanent residence for physicians and scientists.
- Established H-1B, L-1, STEM OPT and PERM Labor Certification programs for employers.
- Successfully represented a law firm with offices in Europe and Africa in opening a Washington, DC office and obtaining a “new office” L-1A visa (and subsequent visa extension) for its majority owner.
- University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law | J.D., 2001
- St. Mary’s College of Maryland | B.A., 1998
Bar Admissions: Maryland; District of Columbia
Court Admissions: U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
- Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Member, American Bar Association
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