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Kevin R. McNamara

Member / Chair, Immigration Practice

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Kevin capably handles employment-related immigration matters across all industries. His clients range from professional athletes, sports teams, and financial services firms to prominent corporations and institutions. Kevin’s approach is forward-thinking. He helps clients anticipate how situations will evolve over time and works with them to develop solutions that anticipate future challenges. Kevin is a longtime member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and a past chair of the AILA New England Chapter.

Kevin is the Section Manager for Mintz’s Immigration Practice. He has over 20 years’ experience in immigration and nationality law, and his practice is focused on employment-based immigration matters. Kevin’s clients range from major corporations and institutions to individuals, including scientists, artists, athletes, academics, investors, and entrepreneurs. He has served as immigration counsel to schools, universities, and research institutions as well as companies in the high-tech, pharmaceutical, biomedical, engineering, and financial services industries.

Before joining Mintz, Kevin was an immigration partner in the Boston office of another law firm. Prior to this, he was director at another law firm for 14 years.


  • Fordham University (JD)
  • Tufts University (BA)

Recognition & Awards

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Immigration (2008 – 2009)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Immigration Law (2017– 2018)
  • Honorary Member, Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars of the Center for International Legal Studies
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Labor & Employment: Immigration (2015, 2017)


  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Past chair, AILA New England Chapter
  • Past AILA Liaison to USCIS Vermont Service Center
  • Past AILA Liaison to Massachusetts Department of Employment & Training
  • NDFL Fellow, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas, Austin
  • Big Brother, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay


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Recent Insights

News & Press


Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a notice of proposed rulemaking proposing amendments that would alter the process for the filing and selection of H-1B visa petitions that are subject to the annual numerical “cap”.
As a follow-up to the April 6, 2018 announcement that the H-1B cap had been reached, on Thursday, April 12, USCIS revealed that it has now completed the random selection of the 85,000 petitions for the quota and that in total, the agency received 190,098 H-1B cap-subject submissions. This number is down from last year’s 199,000.
On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will temporarily suspend premium processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B cap petitions starting April 2, 2018, the same date that USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the cap.
Historically, H-1B visas have been the U.S. employment visa of choice due to their flexibility for professionals to work in “specialty occupations.” Lately, however, for those employers and prospective employees who are subject to the annual numerical “cap” on H-1Bs, the demand far outstrips the quota.
On November 13, 2017, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco partially granted an emergency request by the United States government to allow the travel ban issued by President Trump on September 24, 2017 (see our previous alert) to go into effect.
On November 13, 2017, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco partially granted an emergency request by the United States government to allow the travel ban issued by President Trump on September 24, 2017 (see our previous alert) to go into effect.
On October 16, 2017, the US Department of State (DOS) shut down registration for the FY 2019 Diversity Lottery due to a technical problem and will restart the registration period on October 18, 2017. All entries submitted online prior to October 18, 2017 are not valid and have been excluded from the system. 
The U.S. Department of State has announced that registration for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2019), also known as the Green Card Lottery, will commence at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Registration will close at noon, EDT, Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

H-1B Premium Processing Resumed

September 19, 2017| Alert

On September 18, 2017, USCIS resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions that are subject to the FY2018 annual cap.
On Monday, September 11, 2017, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued a temporary order allowing the exclusion of most refugees pursuant to the Trump administration’s Travel Ban while the Court considers the ultimate legality of the revised Executive Order.

News & Press

This Law360 “Expert Analysis” column discusses how important compliance is in today’s aggressive immigration enforcement environment. The column is authored by a team of Mintz attorneys – Susan Cohen, Bill Coffman and Kevin McNamara.
Best Lawyers named 85 Mintz attorneys to its 2018 list of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Mintz attorneys Matthew J. Gardella and Samuel M. Tony Starr were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas.
Best Lawyers named 73 Mintz attorneys to its 2017 list of The Best Lawyers in America. Mintz attorneys selected for inclusion in this year’s list span 44 practice areas. 
Kevin McNamara, Section Manager for Mintz’s Immigration Practice, is quoted in this Law360 article on how employers can retain their immigrant employees through and after the process of a merger or acquisition.



Immigration Compliance & Risk Management Webinar Series

Part II: Creating Compliance Policies for a New Era


Immigration Compliance & Risk Management Webinar Series

Part I: Keeping DHS in Your Sights: Site Visits & Record Keeping