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John F. Quill

Member / Chair, Immigration Practice

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John’s practice encompasses all aspects of immigration and nationality law. John draws on over two decades of experience to help companies and their employees obtain nonimmigrant visas, including B, E, H, J, L, O, and TN visas. He also handles applications for PERM labor certification; extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher, and national interest waiver petitions; adjustment of status procedures; consular processing; and naturalization. John has distinguished himself in the use of legal operations and technology to streamline practices and develop innovative solutions to challenging legal and case production issues. He represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including biotechnology, FinTech, hospitals & health systems, insurance, financial services, retailers, education, consulting, and staffing services.

Prior to joining Mintz, John was a partner in the business immigration group of an international law firm. Earlier, he was an immigration attorney at a Boston-based law firm.

In addition to his practice, John is a frequent panelist at seminars on immigration topics, and he regularly writes articles about business immigration. He has also served as co-chair of American Immigration Lawyers Association regional conferences.

 During law school, John was a finalist in the Rothgerber Moot Court Competition.

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USCIS H-1B Cap Registration Period Set to Open on March 1

February 22, 2022 | Alert | By John Quill, Juan Steevens

Read about the online registration system for FY2023 H-1B quota selection, which will run from March 1 through March 18, beginning and ending at 12:00 pm (noon) Eastern time.
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This alert covers the CBP’s changes to its I-94 forms, including new designations for L-2 and E visa dependents, including spouses seeking work authorization.
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Read about a Biden administration proclamation, issued on December 28, 2021, revoking the travel ban for individuals who had been present in eight countries in Southern Africa.
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This immigration alert reviews a Dec. 14, 2021 DOL final rule rescinding a January 2021 ruling that would have increased prevailing wages for H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 petitions and PERM Labor Certification applications.
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This alert covers the Biden administration’s ban on travel to the US for individuals who have been present in a number of countries in southern Africa within the past 14 days.
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USCIS Announces Policy Changes for H-4, L-2, and E-1/E-2/E-3 Dependent EAD Workers

November 23, 2021 | Alert | By Angel Feng, Shannon N. Parker, John Quill

This alert discusses USCIS policy changes for H-4, L-2, and E-1, E-2, and E-3 visa holders, following a DHS settlement of litigation regarding the validity of L-2 and H-4 Employment Authorization Document (EAD) cards. 
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DHS Settlement Will Benefit L-2 and H-4 EAD Workers

November 12, 2021 | Alert | By Angel Feng, Shannon N. Parker, John Quill

This alert outlines a November 10, 2021 DHS announcement of policy changes that will benefit H-4 and L-2 employees, who have experienced employment disruptions due to USCIS processing delays.
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Webinar Recording: H-1B Cap Planning

November 4, 2021 | Webinar | By John Quill, William Coffman, Angel Feng

The H-1B quota continues to be oversubscribed, and last year saw a record number of H-1B registration submissions, which resulted in low selection rates. Advance planning is required for H-1B cap candidates. This webinar discussed strategies for contingency planning for employees who are not selected in the cap lottery.
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News & Press

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Mintz Member and Chair of the firm’s Immigration Practice John F. Quill was quoted in an article published by Law360 on immigration concerns related to new restrictions for H-1B visas issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Labor, and how the Trump administration’s decision to sidestep certain procedural requirements could bolster upcoming lawsuits and lead to the regulation's downfall
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In the latest guide, Mintz garnered rankings as a top national firm in eight practice areas, and 32 firm attorneys were individually recognized.
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Member and Chair of Mintz’s Immigration Practice John F. Quill was quoted extensively in an article published by Law360 on technological concerns in advance of the March 1 launch of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ new online system for filing H-1B visa requests.
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Chair of Mintz’s Immigration Practice John F. Quill was quoted in a recent Law360 article detailing the top five immigration policies to watch in 2020. In particular, Mr. Quill provided commentary on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ planned revisions to the definitions of “specialty occupation,” “employment” and “employer-employee relationship” for the H-1B visa program.
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On December 6, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will implement a new online registration process for employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the fiscal year 2021. In this Law360 expert analysis column, Member and Chair of the Immigration practice John F. Quill provided guidance for employers as they prepare to navigate the new system.
Member and Chair of Mintz’s Immigration Practice John Quill authored an expert analysis column published by Law360 that provided key takeaways from the United States Department of Homeland Security’s proposed rule regarding a filing fee for cap-subject H-1B petitions.
John Quill has joined Mintz’s office in Boston, where he will focus on business immigration matters and improving immigration data reporting. The firm’s Immigration Practice attorneys serve as trusted business advisors for top-tier companies with offices throughout the world.
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Recognition & Awards

  • Chambers USA: Massachusetts - Immigration (2021 – 2022)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Immigration Law (2017 – 2023)
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Labor & Employment: Immigration (2020)
  • Named to the National Law Journal’s list of Immigration Trailblazers (2020)
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Involvement

  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Volunteer attorney, Irish International Immigrant Center
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Special Hockey Association
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John F. Quill

Member / Chair, Immigration Practice

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