Serving the global immigration needs of business
Exchange Visitor Visas (J-1)
Global (non-U.S.) Immigration
Thompson Immigration Law Associates is a global business immigration law firm located in Bellevue, Washington. Thompson Immigration handles all immigration needs experienced by corporations and professionals for both the United States and other countries around the world.
Thompson Immigration is owned and led by P. Robert Thompson. Mr. Thompson is a seasoned attorney with 20 years’ experience as both a trial lawyer and a global business immigration attorney with experience with over 30 countries.
Thompson Immigration was established in 2002, when most employment-based immigration law firms worked for IT consulting companies. in the middle of the 2002 IT “market adjustment” when many immigration law firms were downsizing or going out of business, Thompson Immigration was able to maintain and expand its practice. This is because of Mr. Thompson’s entrepreneurial spirit and his ability to think “outside the box”. This ability is best demonstrated by the fact that Thompson Immigration utilizes visa categories that are not commonly used by many other immigration lawyers. This same spirit has kept Thompson Immigration successful during the current “economic readjustment”.
Immigration law is 50% law and 50% human nature.
Immigration matters must be presented in a
manner that is persuasive, yet easily understood by the
immigration or border officer who is reviewing the application.
If an immigration officer cannot understand an application,
he or she will be inclined to deny the application.
Thompson Immigration has specialized its practice in one field of immigration law; namely, employment-based immigration law. This fact is a critical distinction for clients who are seeking immigration counsel. The reason is that very few immigration law firms specialize in employment-based immigration.
U.S. immigration law is a complex and ever-changing field of law. Indeed, many of the regulatory policies enacted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and other immigration agencies are not promulgated through a formal rule making process, but rather through policy memos that are not published. By limiting its range of practice, Thompson Immigration can assure its clients that it is knowledgeable about every new issue arising in this complex field of law.
Use of Cutting Edge Technology
Thompson Immigration has always used cutting edge technology in its practice, and continues to “push the envelope” in this area. Thompson Immigration was one of the first law firms in the United States to effectively use the Internet as a marketing platform. Other examples of how Thompson Immigration is using cutting edge technology include the following:
Thompson Immigration is a sole proprietorship established under the laws of the State of Washington. The principal of Thompson Immigration Law Associates, P. Robert Thompson, Esq., has been a practicing attorney since 1989. He has practiced exclusively employment-based immigration law since 1996. Mr. Thompson is one of just a handful of U.S. attorneys who is experienced in global immigration matters. Mr. Thompson has handled business migration matters to over 30 countries.
Mr. Thompson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1982. After working in the chemical industry for three years, Mr. Thompson attended law school at the George Washington National Law Center, in Washington, D.C. This law school was ranked as the 12th best law school in the United States. Mr. Thompson worked full-time while attending law school at night. During this time, Mr. Thompson worked on Capitol Hill for a lobbyist group regarding forestry issues. He also spent two years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drafting regulations regarding existing chemicals in the chemical industry.
After law school graduation, Mr. Thompson worked for eight years in the Washington, D.C. area as a trial lawyer and environmental lawyer. In 1996, he joined a small immigration firm and fell in love with the practice of immigration law. He has practiced employment-based immigration law exclusively since that time. In 1998, Mr. Thompson convinced a Midwest law firm to open a West Coast office in Seattle. Mr. Thompson managed this office until 2002, when he bought out the office and started Thompson Immigration Law Associates.
Mr. Thompson has been a member of numerous immigration and business/trade associations, including:
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