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William L. Coffman

Special Counsel

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+1.617.348.1890

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Bill’s legal work focuses on immigration and nationality law, as well as outbound emigration and related international law. Bill regularly represents clients in immigration matters before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Labor, as well as before US and foreign consulates.

During law school, he served on the editorial board of the Houston Journal of International Law.

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center (JD)
  • University of Michigan (MM)
  • University of Central Arkansas (BME)

Recognition & Awards

  • Chambers USA: Massachusetts - Immigration (2021)
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Labor & Employment: Immigration (2014, 2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Immigration Law (2013 – 2022)
  • International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers (2016 – 2019)
  • Top Author in the semiconductor industry, JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards (2016)
  • Boston Magazine Top Lawyers – Immigration (2021)

Involvement

  • Panelist, AILA's Employment-Based Green Card Applications: Considerations and Strategies webinar
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Viewpoints

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USCIS Announces H-1B Cap Registration Period for March 2022

January 31, 2022 | Alert | By Angel Feng, William Coffman

Read about a USCIS announcement that the online registration period for H-1B quota selection for the upcoming fiscal year will run from March 1 through March 18, beginning and ending 12:00 pm (noon) Eastern Standard Time.
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Travel Alert – Update* on U.S. Travel Bans and Travel Requirements

November 9, 2021 | Alert | By Maryanne Kline, William Coffman, Lindsey Steinberg

Read Mintz’s guide to U.S. travel bans and travel requirements, including the Biden administration’s recent requirement for inbound international travelers to the U.S. to test for COVID-19 within one day of flight departure or present documentation of recovery from COVID-19.
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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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Webinar Recording: Current and Upcoming Changes to Immigration Processes

October 28, 2021 | Webinar | By John Quill, William Coffman, Angel Feng

The Biden administration has brought welcome stability to business immigration processes; however, there are a number of current and proposed changes that will expand immigration benefits and potentially increase scrutiny on immigration filings. This webinar focused on current and anticipated updates to take into consideration when forming a business’s immigration strategy.
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Biden Administration Announces End to COVID-19 Travel Bans

October 26, 2021 | Alert | By William Coffman

Read about the October 25, 2021 Presidential Proclamation confirming that it will end all COVID-19 travel bans on Monday, November 8 and how this policy change will impact nonimmigrant travelers to the U.S.
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The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Office of Public Affairs issued a press release two days ago, October 19, 2021, announcing a settlement with Facebook involving their recruiting practices to qualify foreign nationals for permanent residence (green card) status in the U.S. This settlement involves a civil fine of $4.75 million payable to the U.S. government, plus an additional payment of up to $9.5 million to eligible victims. This settlement ends a lawsuit filed by DOJ against Facebook in December of 2020.
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Webinar Recording: Changes to the COVID Travel Ban

October 21, 2021 | Webinar | By Maryanne Kline, John Quill

The Mintz Immigration Practice focused on the evolving immigration landscape and the anticipated changes to US immigration policies as of October 2021 in this 30-minute session.
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This alert provides information about USCIS’s new, official policy updates to be included in its Policy Manual, which examiners use to adjudicate eligibility for immigration benefits.
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This alert covers updated guidance issued by the US Department of State on June 1, 2021 that expands the eligibility for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) to the travel bans from the Schengen Area of the EU, the U.K., Ireland, China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, and India.
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USCIS Announces H-1B Registration Period for March 2021 H-1B Cap

February 8, 2021 | Alert | By William Coffman

Read about USCIS’s announcement that the online registration period for H-1B quota selection for Fiscal Year 2022 will run from March 9 at noon ET through March 25 at noon ET. USCIS Announces H-1B Registration Period March 2021 H-1B Cap
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News & Press

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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.
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.
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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. 

Events

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Nov
4
2021
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Oct
29
2020

Navigating the New H-1B Regulations

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Dec
6
2018

Immigration Compliance & Risk Management Webinar Series

Part II: Creating Compliance Policies for a New Era

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Oct
25
2018

Immigration Compliance & Risk Management Webinar Series

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

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Aug
10
2018

2018 AILA Employer Compliance and Worksite Enforcement CLE Conference

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton St., Boston, MA

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Dec
16
2015

Immigration Law: MCLE BasicsPlus!

MCLE New England

Boston, MA

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Jul
9
2015