We specialize in immigration law strategy.  The Law Office of Melissa Harms provides cost-effective immigration legal strategies for clients.  We offer a wide array of immigration law services from non-immigrant visa acquisition (H-1Bs, L-1, and more) to PERM labor certification, permanent residency (green cards), and citizenship applications.

Response time is immediate and, although nobody can guarantee results, we guarantee that clients receive the highest quality advice and legal services. We have represented individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fortune 500 companies, public universities, non-profit organizations, and research institutions in the Bay Area, the United States and around the world in the following matters:

Businesses/Governmental, Non-Profit and Research Organizations:

  • Assisting with Non-Immigrant Visa Sponsorship for:
    – Professionals (H-1B workers)
    – Professionals Eligible for Work Authorization Pursuant to NAFTA (TN)
    – Short-Term Exchange Visitors (J-1 trainees, research scholars,
specialists, and professors)
    – Intra-company Transferees (L-1A, L-1B)
    – Extraordinary Ability Non-Immigrants
    – Athletes, Entertainers and Performers
    -Treaty Investors and Traders (E-1 and E-2)
  •  Preparing Permanent Residency Related Applications for:
    – PERM Labor Certifications
    – National Interest Waivers
    – Extraordinary Ability Visa Petitions
    – Outstanding Researcher Visa Petitions
    – Employment-Related Adjustment of Status Applications
  • Offering:
    – Immigration Policy Guidance
    – I-9 Audits and I-9 Counseling
    – Technology Transfer and Technology Alert List Guidance and Assistance
    – Immigration Guidance During Special Circumstances including Mergers and Acquisitions and Reductions in Force
    – Ongoing Immigration Representation Ensuring Continuous Employment Authorization for Foreign National Workforce (through continuous tracking of critical expiration dates, regular meetings and trainings (on-site when possible) with human resource professionals, ongoing communication with government liaisons on pending cases)


Individuals/Employees/Families:

  • Preparing Non-Immigrant and Permanent Residency Related Applications for:
    – Treaty Traders/Investors
    – Family-Related Adjustment of Status Applications
    – National Interest Waivers
    – Extraordinary Ability Visa Petitions
    – Affirmative Applications for Asylum Status (and various related applications)


Universities/Students/Scholars:

  • Assisting with J-1 Waivers of the Two-Year Return Requirement
  • Preparing Applications for Special Handling and PERM Labor Certifications
  • Assisting with Issues Arising from F-1 Status
  • National Interest Waivers
  • Extraordinary Ability Visa Petitions
  • Outstanding Researcher Visa Petitions
  • Employment-Related Adjustment of Status Applications


US Citizenship Applications