Employment immigration is an essential part of doing business in a global economy. Our law firm has been helping business clients navigate immigration and global mobility issues for more than 25 years. Pierce Atwood attorneys provide comprehensive immigration services for temporary international business travel, short- and long-term international assignments, permanent transfers and the local hire of foreign workers. Our experience working with clients on legal, regulatory and business immigration issues allows us to provide strategic advice and cost effective immigration solutions that help our clients succeed in the global marketplace.

Our lawyers use leading edge technologies that are customized for each client to streamline the immigration process, increase efficiency, facilitate communication, and reduce cost. We are committed to continuous improvement in client service and have recently engaged with corporate clients on the application of Lean Six Sigma methodologies to our business immigration services as a method of achieving continuous improvement while reducing cost.


Cross-Border Capital Improvement Project

Irving Tissue asked for our help to provide immigration support for essential workers on $120 million facility upgrade in upstate New York.



Corporate Immigration Services

IDEXX relies on Pierce Atwood for a full range of corporate immigration support.



Immigration Solutions in Health Care

Obtained "extraordinary worker" status for a talented pediatric surgeon in Vancouver.




Dismissal of ICE Complaint

Obtained dismissal of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement complaint against our client, Cherryfield Foods.



Asylum Win

Working on behalf of pro bono partner ILAP, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Katie Minervino and Ralph Lancaster successfully won asylum on behalf of an Angolan mother and her child.

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Areas of Expertise

Compliance & Enforcement

Cherryfield Foods

Maine Forest Products Council

Robinson Lumber

We provide a full range of corporate immigration services, including policy guidance and support for corporate immigration programs, audit support, and assistance with immigration related compliance issues such as IRCA/I-9 and Labor Condition Application documentation. We provide training and educational services for in-house staff and employees. We have substantial experience representing employers in ICE and DOL audits and enforcement actions.

Corporate Immigration Services


Bushmaster Firearms International

Fairchild Semiconductor

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.


Woodard & Curran

We provide corporate immigration services for clients with multi-national business operations or whose business needs require local hire of foreign workers. Our clients include publicly traded Fortune 500 companies with annual revenue in excess of $10 billion, as well as small businesses, foreign investors and start-ups. An important aspect of our business immigration practice is obtaining appropriate employment-based visas for foreign workers needed by clients in labor-short or special skills occupations, as well as for executives, managers, and key employees on cross-border assignment.

Foreign Investors
An important aspect of our business immigration practice is obtaining appropriate employment- and investment-based visas for foreign investors. We take a multi-disciplinary approach and work closely with foreign investors to develop and implement individualized immigration strategies designed to accomplish specific business, personal, and tax objectives.
Health Care

Down East Community

Hospital Houlton

Regional Hospital

Inland Hospital

MaineGeneral Health


Maine Medical Center

Maine Medical Center Research Institute

Martin’s Point Health Care

PenBay Healthcare

We serve as general outside immigration counsel for more than a dozen health care organizations in New England, including Maine's largest health care organization, as well as health care organizations serving remote and rural HPSA/MUA communities. We work with health care organizations, physician practices, and physicians to meet employment-related immigration needs.

US-Canada Business Immigration

Cavendish Farms

Irving Woodlands

Midland Transport

N.B. Southern Railway

Portland Pipe Line Corporation

Our US immigration practice is global, but due to our relatively close proximity to the Canadian border, we have substantial experience assisting businesses and business investors with US-Canada business immigration needs. By working regularly with US-Canada business immigration issues, we are able to help our clients take full advantage of the many unique immigration opportunities available to US and Canadian citizens under the North American Free Trade Act.

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