Kelly helps employers of all sizes meet their staffing needs by handling the immigration issues they face in hiring foreign nationals and moving employees around the globe.
A partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Relations Practice Group and Co-chair of the immigration practice, she handles compliance issues for corporations that transfer dozens of employees into and out of the United States each year, as well as small companies seeking to bring in a few key hires from abroad.
Kelly is highly valued by her clients for making the process of hiring foreign nationals easier and more predictable. She provides responsive and seamless service, coordinating, and managing the extensive immigration work for her clients’ Human Resources and legal staffs, often using strategies like Blanket L petition filings, E-2 investor visas, and B-1 business visitor guidance to smooth the immigration process. She also provides her clients with guidance on immigration law compliance, including Form I-9, E-Verify, and Social Security Number issues.
Her work within the healthcare industry, especially with physician immigration filings, is unique. She has developed creative strategies for healthcare clients, including the use of concurrent cap-exempt H-1B employment to allow cap-subject physician groups to hire new H-1B employees. These approaches, combined with her experience in the area, allow her to deliver excellent results quickly and cost-effectively.
Kelly also handles cases that were previously denied by the government or mishandled by prior counsel. These “triage” cases require expedited handling and aggressive approaches to obtain approvals. By staying abreast of agency trends and formulating creative strategies, she has turned many of these cases around, allowing foreign-national employees to remain in the United States.
Kelly often speaks on Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance issues. She also provides low- cost training sessions with flat-fee options, Form I-9 audit services, and day-to-day counseling on these compliance matters.
In the general area of employment law, Kelly has experience handling employment discrimination complaints, including state and federal claims as well as employee non-compete agreements and employee privacy issues.