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Carole L. Rowlinson

Practice Group Associate

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Carole focuses her practice on corporate and business immigration matters. She counsels companies and their employees on matters related to nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions and assists multinational corporations with employment eligibility verification compliance. She advises clients in a variety of industries, including technology, education, life sciences, and financial services.

Prior to joining Mintz, Carole was a staff attorney in the Boston office of an international law firm, where she worked on a wide variety of employment-based immigration and nationality law matters. Earlier, she served as a senior associate attorney and associate attorney at a Massachusetts employment and immigration law firm and a managing attorney and associate attorney at an immigration boutique in Boston.


  • Roger Williams University (JD)
  • University of Rhode Island (MCP)
  • Rhode Island College (BA)


  • Member, Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Bar Association


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On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced they would again extend flexibility related to in-person Form I-9 compliance that was granted earlier this year, in March 2020.
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USCIS Form Revisions Based on Public Charge Final Rule

February 6, 2020 | Alert | By Carole L. Rowlinson

This alert discusses DHS’s implementation of its new public charge rule and USCIS’s announcement that updated forms will be required for petitions and applications filed on or after February 24, 2020
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USCIS Completes H-1B Visa Cap Selection Process for FY2020

May 20, 2019 | Alert | By Carole L. Rowlinson

Read about USCIS's completion of its random selection of H-1B petitions sufficient to meet both the 65,000 “regular” cap and the 20,000 exemptions for the “U.S. master’s cap.”
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This alert outlines President Trump’s new immigration plan, which favors high-skilled workers and would mark a dramatic departure from the nation's existing green card system.
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Read about a Department of Homeland Security announcement that it will temporarily extend temporary protected status (TPS) for nationals of Nepal and Honduras.
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USCIS Announces Final Rule to Amend the H-1B Visa Lottery Process

January 30, 2019 | Alert | By Carole L. Rowlinson

Read about the USCIS Final Rule to Amend the H-1B Visa Lottery Process, which will enable advanced degree holders to enter the initial regular cap lottery for 65,000 visas.
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On August 31, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final rule increasing the premium processing filing fee for all eligible applications postmarked on or after October 1, 2018. USCIS’s stated reason is that the fee increase is consistent with inflation as the premium processing fee was last adjusted in 2010.

The new premium processing fee represents an increase of almost 15% and changes the filing fee from $1,225.00 to $1,410.00. Individuals with specific questions are encouraged to consult with their Mintz Levin immigration attorney to fully assess how his or her immigration situation may be affected by this new rule.
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This afternoon, USCIS announced that it is extending the temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions. In addition, starting September 11, 2018, USCIS will expand the suspension to include additional types of H-1B petitions. The suspension is expected to last until February 19, 2019.

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Federal Court Orders Restoration of Additional DACA Provisions

April 25, 2018 | Alert | By Maryanne Kline

On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, a District of Columbia federal District Court judge issued an order vacating the decision to rescind the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program and requiring the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to continue to accept and process both new and renewal DACA applications.
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