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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

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

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 Phases in Premium Processing

June 2, 2020 | Blog | By William Coffman

On June 1, 2020, USCIS resumed premium processing in phases by case-type. Premium processing had been temporarily suspended since March 20, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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USCIS Filing Fee Increases Now Closer to Reality

June 1, 2020 | Alert | By William Coffman

The Mintz immigration alert provides background and details about USCIS’s May 27, 2020 announcement that it plans to raise filing fees by an average of 21%.
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COVID-19 Immigration FAQs for Employers of Foreign Nationals

April 22, 2020 | Advisory | By William Coffman, Susan Cohen, John Quill

These FAQs provide US employers of foreign nationals with information on their obligations under immigration law related to pay reductions, reduced hours, leaves of absence, furloughs, and other steps they may be considering during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Employer Guidance: Home Office Employment for Foreign Workers

March 18, 2020 | Advisory | By William Coffman, John Quill

This alert reviews worksite and Notice requirements for foreign workers and how employers can ensure compliance as employees work remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.
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On January 24, 2020 the US Department of State published a rule that amends part of the regulations governing the issuance of “B” visitor visas. This regulatory amendment now establishes a rebuttable presumption that an applicant for a “B” visitor visa, who a consular officer believes will give birth during her visit to the US, is applying for the visa and traveling to the US for the primary purpose of securing US citizenship for the child.
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Premium Processing Now Available for Remaining H-1B Filings

June 10, 2019 | Alert | By William Coffman

This alert cover a USCIS announcement that it is resuming premium processing of FY20 H-1B cap petitions.
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USCIS Announces More H-1Bs Eligible for Premium Processing

February 19, 2019 | Alert | By William Coffman

Read about the USCIS’s plan to resume premium processing eligibility for additional H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018, starting on Tuesday, February 19.
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Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda Signals Immigration Priorities for Federal Agencies

November 15, 2018 | Blog | By William Coffman, Molly O’Malley

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of State (DOS) released their fall 2018 Regulatory Agendas. Issued twice per year (fall and spring), this notice forecasts possible regulations that may be promulgated in the coming months.
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State Department to Limit Visas for Specific Chinese Citizens

June 15, 2018 | Alert | By William Coffman

As part of the continuing trade and intellectual property war with China, the U.S. Department of State has implemented a new policy to limit visa validity periods and impose additional security clearances before visa issuance to citizens of the People’s Republic of China.
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced today that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2019. USCIS also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the “master’s 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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Dec
6
2018

Immigration Compliance & Risk Management Webinar Series

Part II: Creating Compliance Policies for a New Era

Speaker
Oct
25
2018

Immigration Compliance & Risk Management Webinar Series

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

Panelist
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