Practice Areas

Business-based Immigration

Choosing the right immigration attorney can directly affect your bottom line. Recruiting, hiring and keeping professional employees with the skill sets you need is time-intensive and expensive. The Sumner Immigration Law team can help you optimize yo…

P-3 Visa for Culturally Unique Artists and Entertainers

The P-3 classification is designated for artists, entertainers, or entertainment groups who will “perform, teach, or coach under a commercial or noncommercial program that is culturally unique.” Culturally unique means a style or method that is u…

Family-based Immigration

Sumner Law proudly provides special care for those seeking family-based visas and petitions. The decision to bring family members to the U.S. or to sponsor a family member who is deciding to stay in the U.S. long-term can be stressful, with concerns…

Permanent Residency

“How can I get a green card?” That is the question our clients frequently ask, whether it’s for themselves, an employee, or for a family member. The good news is, there are several different options for obtaining permanent residence status in t…

Researchers and Professors

The immigration process can be confusing and wrought with traps for delay or denial, and processing for highly skilled professionals presents both special challenges and specific opportunities. When you work with the Sumner Immigration Law team, you…

How to Find a Great EB-1 or National Interest Waiver Attorney

Once you have decided to pursue a green card through the EB-1 or National Interest Waiver process, you will need to find a great immigration lawyer to help you navigate the process. There are many immigration lawyers out there, but given the time and…

What Are the Requirements for the EB-1 Visa (Alien of Extraordinary Ability/Outstanding Researcher or Professor) or National Interest Waiver Petition?

Many people do not apply for the EB-1 or National Interest Waiver (NIW) green card because they are not sure that they meet the requirements for these categories. It is true that these categories are generally reserved for the “best and the brighte…

EB-1A Alien of Extraordinary Ability Visa Requirements

EB-1A Alien of Extraordinary Ability Visa Requirements: In general, to qualify for the EB-1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability category, the person seeking permanent residence (the beneficiary) must be able to show “sustained or international...

EB-1B Outstanding Researcher or Professor Criteria

To qualify as an outstanding researcher or professor, the beneficiary (person seeking permanent residence) must show that he/she is recognized internationally as outstanding in a specific academic area, and must have at least three years’ experienc…

National Interest Waiver Criteria

To qualify for the National Interest Waiver category (EB-2), the beneficiary must show: The beneficiary seeks employment in an area of substantial intrinsic national merit; The benefit would be national in scope; and The national interest would be ad…

Recent blog posts

Traveling overseas for an extended period of time when you have a green card (permanent residence card) has always been tricky. However, it has become even trickier during the Covid pandemic. This is the second of a series of blog posts about traveli… Read More
Traveling overseas for an extended period of time when you have a green card (permanent residence card) has always been tricky. However, it has become even trickier during the Covid pandemic. We’re publishing a series of blog posts about travel… Read More
One of the key elements of a successful PERM labor certification process is timing. There are many deadlines and timelines to track within the PERM process, and timing can make or break a PERM labor certification case. One of the strategic decisions… Read More

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“I’m very grateful that Sumner Immigration Law took care of everything that I needed to submit to USCIS. They processed my H-1B visa and I was able to get here in the US last 2016. I never had a problem with the processing even with the renewal of m… Read More"
“Emily Sumner consults with the International Office at the University of Virginia as one of the immigration attorneys appointed by the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is my “go-to” person. She is expert at her craft, extremely knowledgeable… Read More"
– Richard T.

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