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Raymond G. Lahoud – Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Attorneys at Law : Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Attorneys at Law Raymond G. Lahoud – Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Attorneys at Law

Raymond G. Lahoud has established himself as a preeminent immigration lawyer with a global practice focused on corporate and employment immigration issues as well as immigration litigation.

As Chair of Norris McLaughlin’s Immigration Law Practice Group, Ray represents individuals and families, domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers. He skillfully assembles a team to strategically work together, including the firm’s immigration attorneys, employer immigration auditors, and other immigration professionals to help domestic and foreign clients navigate every type of immigration or deportation defense matter. Ray has distinguished himself as an attorney who provides tailored solutions and valuable guidance to his clients, based upon his in-depth knowledge of immigration law. Ray’s extraordinary creativity, distinguished advocacy skills, and true passion for his immigration practice have helped countless individuals, families, and organizations of all types and sizes to resolve the most complex of immigration concerns.

Throughout his legal career, Ray has been recognized for both his knowledge of immigration law and the level of service he provides to his clients. These honors include the following:

  • New York State Bar Association’s Empire State Counsel Award (2012 – present), recognizing members who performed 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services.
  • Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award (2021)
  • New York Metro Rising Stars (2013, 2016, 2020-2022)
  • EB5 Investors Magazine “Top 5 Rising Stars in the EB-5 Industry” (2017)
  • Lehigh Valley Business 2021 “Power 30 in Law”
  • Lehigh Valley Business “Forty Under 40” Class of 2017

Ray is often called on to lecture and write about, discuss, and provide insight into the complex area of immigration law by universities, researchers, and media outlets from all corners of the globe, including an NBC News special on his practice – Living in Limbo: Lawyer Navigates Trump Stance on Immigration.

Corporate Immigration & Employer Compliance

Ray works with multinational corporations on the global migration of their workforce and advises on international transactions and contracts concerning immigration compliance, international employee recruitment, cross-border trade matters, immigration implications related to mergers & acquisitions, and is a recognized authority on Employer Immigration Compliance, such as Form I-9, Employment Eligibility, compliance, audits, raids, investigations, negotiations, and litigation. Ray has worked with businesses of all sizes in nearly every industry, from healthcare and manufacturing to entertainment and sports., athletes, diplomats, general counsels, artists, and others from across the globe. They call on Ray’s immigration expertise to listen, assist, counsel, advise, and resolve concerns.

Ray also litigates corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s Investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, federal immigration courts, and federal district and circuit courts across the United States. The corporate and employer compliance portion of Ray’s practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing.

He has extensive experience with immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), and citizenship and naturalization claims; and has worked with a full range of immigrant and non-immigrant visas and visa-related issues.

  • Immigrant Employee Petitions
  • B-1, Visitors for Business
  • E-1, Treaty Trader
  • E-2, Treaty Investor
  • E-3, Australian Specialty Worker
  • H-1B Visas
  • H-2A
  • H-2B Visas
  • H-3, Trainee
  • J-1, Scholar, Trainee, Researcher, Short Term Worker
  • L Blank Petitions
  • L-1A, Multinational Executive or Manager
  • L-1B, Specialized Worker
  • P Visas
  • Q Visas
  • R Visas
  • TN Visas – USMCA/NAFTA
  • Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas
  • Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas
  • Physician and Nursing Visas
  • Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas
  • Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas
  • PERM Labor Certification

Individual Immigration, Family Immigration, & Deportation Defense

As the son of immigrants, Ray has long understood the uncertainties and challenges that all immigrants and their families face when working through America’s complex immigration laws, whether seeking a marriage, fiancé, work, student, or visitor visa; seeking citizenship, asylum, or VAWA; or facing deportation as a result of a visa overstay, an undocumented entry, or a criminal conviction.

In his years of practice, Ray has skillfully and successfully served thousands of individuals from all over the world seeking a pathway—whether temporary or permanent—to, or protection in, the United States, including the follow:

  • Family and Marriage Petitions
  • Fiancé Visas (K-1)
  • K-3 Spousal Visas
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Asylum and protection under the United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT)
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) protection
  • Immigration Waivers (including the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers)
  • Student Visas, STEM and non-STEM Occupational Practical Training (OPT)
  • Research and Scholar Visas
  • Individuals of Extraordinary Ability
  • Visitor Visas for Business and Pleasure

Ray’s deportation defense and litigation work has involved the most complex of issues, representing thousands before United States Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. He has never feared a legal challenge. For example, Ray was one of the first immigration attorneys to successfully challenge the federal government’s mandatory immigration detention statute, securing federal court precedential opinions that granted due process rights to immigrants who were otherwise subject to indefinite government custody. Ray advocates tirelessly for his clients, seeking post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings and serving as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. His ability to understand each interaction and nuance of criminal law within the framework of immigration law has made him a leading professional in the niche area of “crimigration.’

While attending Georgetown University Law Center, Ray worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, received CALI awards in several courses, and was named to the Dean’s List. He was also involved in the Barristers’ Counsel, the ABA Law Student Division, the ACLU at GULC, the Catholic Student Association, and the Innocence Project. Ray also worked for the Honorable Joanna Seybert, Federal District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York and served as a United States Congressional Page under then-Congressman and former U.S. Transportation Secretary under President Barack Obama, Ray LaHood (R-IL) and was a legislative aide to State Senator Lisa Boscola (D-PA).

A graduate of Lehigh University, Ray was named to the Dean’s list each term and was also recognized as a Lehigh University President’s Scholar. He was the Editor of The Lehigh Review, inducted into Phi Beta Delta and was honored with the Williams Award, the Treen Scholarship, and the Littner Scholarship.

Ray continues to demonstrate his commitment to his profession and community through his active membership in the legal industry on several bar associations, serving on various committees and in leadership roles, as well as on several non-profit boards, such as the Boys & Girls Club of Easton and the Iraqi Children’s Foundation.

Ray lives in Upper Saucon Township, Pennsylvania, with his two awesome dogs, Bailey, and Toby.

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Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Biden Restarts Processing Permanent Residence Visas; Court Weakens Deportation Moratorium; Supreme Court Examines Immigrant “Wealth Test”

SESO Labor to Help Migrant Farmworkers Get Legally Protected Work Status in the U.S.

Biden’s Executive Orders and Their Impact on Thousands of Pennsylvania Immigrants

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Massive Immigration Reform Bill Goes to Congress; Law Enforcement Officials Support New Jersey Sanctuary City Law

Executive Office for Immigration Review Update: Motion to Reconsider Denied

Pennsylvania Democrats Propose New Bill for Undocumented Immigrants to Obtain Driver’s License

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Children Deported to Haiti; Central American Asylum Agreement Suspended; Witnesses Fearing Retribution Now Eligible for Asylum

James McHenry, Trump Appointed Head of Immigration Courts, Replaced by Jean King

EB-5 Investor Program’s Fate to Be Decided by June 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: New Executive Orders; Deportations Continue; Protection Extended for Syrian Nationals

U Visa Program Faces Prolonged Delays

ALJ Declines to Award Damages, Civil Penalties in Document Abuse Case

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Halt to Deportation Moratorium; New Leadership Forming at Department of Homeland Security; Biden’s New Executive Actions

Pennsylvania and Texas Immigration Groups File Lawsuit Against the DHS

DHS and States Sign SAFE Agreement That Could Obstruct Biden’s Upcoming Immigration Policies

Weekly Round-Up: Biden’s Proposes Immigration Reform; Judge Blocks New Immigration Court Fees; Supreme Court Considers Indefinite Detention of Certain Noncitizens

Online Tools to Decrease Wait Times in Immigration During COVID

Trump Approves Deferred Deportation for Venezuelans

USCIS Announces Delays in Biometric Appointments Due to COVID-19

Weekly Round-Up: Google Backs DACA and Immigration Reform; Court Blocks White House Efforts to Stop Refugee Resettlement; Acting DHS Director Resigns

Study Says 69% of Undocumented Immigrant Workers Hold Essential Jobs to Fight COVID

New Jersey MVC Delays Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants, Blames It on COVID

Weekly Round-Up: Visa Restrictions Extended; DNA Testing for Sponsors of Noncitizen Minor Children; Stricter Financial Requirements for Intending Immigrants Take Effect

Illegal Immigrants Arrested in FY 2020 Had Average of Four Criminal Convictions or Charges Each, ICE Says

Mixed-Status Families to Finally Receive Stimulus Checks

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: I-9 Flexibility Rules Extended, Stimulus Aid for Mixed Immigration Status Households

ICE Extends Remote I-9 Verification Policy Through January 31, 2021

Supreme Court Denies Trump Administration’s Challenge to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants From Census Count

Taxpaying Immigrants Urge Action on COVID-19 Relief Through Billboard in New Jersey

ACLU Sues DHS Over Purchase of Cellphone Location Data to Track Immigrants

Federal Judge Orders DACA Reinstated, New Applications Accepted

Facebook Faces Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against U.S. Workers

Long-Awaited Green Card Bill S.386 Clears Senate Approval

Federal Immigration and Customs Cannot Access Immigrant’s DMV Records Without Court Order

Revised U.S. Citizenship Test Harder for Immigrants

DHS Extends Form I-9 Flexibility

International Student Enrollment in U.S. Universities Drastically Drops

ICE Arrests 88 Inmates Released From New Jersey Prison

ICE Considering New Detention Sites in Pennsylvania or New Jersey and New York

Lawsuit Filed on the New H-1B Wage Rule

ICE Arrests International Students Across the United States in Operation OPTical Illusion

172 Immigrants Arrested in Sanctuary Cities by ICE in Six Days

ICE Launches Billboards Across Pennsylvania Seeking Immigration Law Violators

Major Overhaul of H-1B Program Announced

Ninth Circuit Allows the End of Temporary Protected Status

Major Changes Proposed to Student Visa to Have Big Impact on International Students

USCIS Fee Increase Blocked by California Federal Judge

PennDOT Shares Drivers’ Personal Information: Immigration Advocates Protest

Flexibility in Responding to USCIS Requests Extended

Pennsylvania House Democrats Propose Driver’s License for Undocumented Immigrants

DHS Expands Use of Biometric Data in Immigration

ICE Arrests Over 2,000 Illegal Immigrants, Many With Criminal Charges or Convictions

Medical Repatriation on the Rise: Guatemalan Immigrant Who Escaped Medical Deportation Moved to Long-Term Care

USCIS Halts Furlough of 70% of Workforce; Still Processing Times Likely To Increase

Flexible I-9 Measures Extended Until September 19

Court Rules Green Card Wealth Test Can Be Enforced in Most States

DOL and USCIS to Investigate H-1B Employer Violations

Significant Fee Rise in Immigration Forms Affects Businesses and Immigrants

New Jersey to Allow Professional and Occupational Licensing Regardless of Immigration Status

ICE Extends I-9 Compliance Flexibility Until August 19, 2020

Arbitrary H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Denials Have Employers Thinking Federal Litigation Rather Than Administrative Review

Bar on Certain F and J International Students Effective Noon Today

To Reverify or Not: Form I-9 and Lawful Permanent Residents

Form I-9 Announcements: COVID-19 Temporary Policy for Identification Documents

USCIS Makes Significant Changes to Handbook for Employers: Guidance Completing Form I-9

COVID-19 and New Jersey’s Immigrants: Frontline Undocumented Immigrant Workers, Financial Ruin, and Health Risks Bring Extreme Harm and Anxiety

President Trump Bans Certain Immigrant Green Cards for 60 Days

Do the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Apply to Immigrant Employees?

USCIS Urges COVID-19 Testing and Treatment With ICE Updating Enforcement Policy to Reduce Fear of Arrest and Spread of Coronavirus

President Trump Expected to Sign Executive Order to “Temporarily Suspend Immigration to the United States”

CBP Announces 90-Day Postponement of Import Duty, Tax, and Fee Payments for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses

DHS Temporarily Amends Certain H-2A Visa Requirements During COVID-19 National Emergency

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing Available for Undocumented Immigrants in New Jersey

USCIS Reaches Annual H-1B Petition Cap for Year

Feds Extend Pennsylvania and New Jersey Real ID Deadlines to Prevent COVID-19 Spread at DMV Offices

50,000 Americans Abroad Seeking State Department Help to Urgently Return to the United States Due to COVID-19 Pandemic; Number of Those Diagnosed With COVID-19 Is Unknown

Form I-9 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert: USCIS Announces Temporary Modifications to Employment Eligibility Verification Process and E-Verify Program

The Immigration of Coronavirus

ICE Arrests Without Warrant Banned From Northampton County, Pennsylvania, Court House

The New Public Charge Rule

An Overview of STEM OPT Employer Site Visits

Department of Homeland Security Suspends New York Residents From All Trusted Traveler Programs

Employers: DHS Releases New Revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Signs Law Allowing Children of H-1B Visa Workers Qualify for In-State Tuition Fees

ICE Makes Worksite Visits to Employers With International Student Employees on STEM OPT

Feds Criminally Charge Corporate Executives and Management for Knowingly Employing Undocumented Immigrants

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Passes Law Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Obtain Driver’s Licenses

Report: Pennsylvania’s Foreign-Born Rural and Urban Immigrant Workforce Continues to Climb

Thousands of U.S. Employers Request Nearly 100,000 H-2B Foreign Temporary Workers to Overcome Talent Shortage

New Jersey Awaits Governor Murphy’s Signature to Become 14th U.S. State to Issue Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

USCIS Premium Processing Program Subject to New Rule in Federal Register from the DHS

Employers Must Remain Immigration Compliant or Face Stiff Penalties, Negative Publicity, and Criminal Penalties

New Jersey May Become 14th U.S. State to Issue Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker Nonimmigrant Visa Provisions Effective December 16, 2019

H-1B Non-Immigrant Temporary Specialty Worker Visa Denials Quadruple in 2019

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Increases Premium Processing Fee for Employment-Based Petitions Again

Sussex County Votes Against Supporting New Jersey Sanctuary State Immigration Trust Directive

United States Department of Homeland Security Extends Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan

Construction Industry Employee Verification Act Now Requires Pennsylvania Employers to Use E-Verify

ICE Continues to Crackdown as Undocumented Workers Fight Back at Employer for Overtime Pay in Texas Business

5 Workplace Discrimination Examples Based on Immigration Status and National Origin

As an Employer, What Do I Do If I Receive a “No-Match” Letter?

IT Company Fined $48,193 for H-1B Visa Program Violations

What Should Employers Do When Current Form I-9 Expires August 31?

Immigrant Employees Sue Car Wash Employer Claiming Wage Discrimination

ICE Targets STEM OPT Program: Promises Significant Increase in Site Inspections

New Jersey Township Authorizes Investigation into and Lawsuit Against Murphy “Sanctuary State” Directive

ICE Arrests 680 in Massive Worksite Immigration Operation

NJ Foresees 1000% Increase in Worksite Immigration Inspection

EOIR (Removal and Deportation) and Immigration Courts: CRIMigration FAQs

New Jersey Courts Update Statewide Immigration Policies

New Jersey Sanctuary State Question Put on November’s General Election Ballot

Report: Foreign-Born Lehigh Valley Population Outpaces Domestic; Legal Immigration to the Region Prevents Decrease in Population

Are You an Immigrant Who (Legally) Smokes Weed? If So, You May Never Become a U.S. Citizen

It’s Official: New Jersey Is a Sanctuary State

Government Shutdown Impact on Immigration

Norris McLaughlin Immigration Chair Ray Lahoud Visits China

ICE Agents Converge on 16 New Jersey Counties: 105 Immigrants Arrested

New Jersey One Step Closer to Issuing Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

ICE Threatens to Increase Immigration Raids at New Jersey Worksites in Response to Sanctuary State Directive

Birthright Citizenship Debate Brings Fear to New Jersey’s 128,000 US Citizen Children of Unauthorized Immigrants

Driver’s Licenses for 466,000 New Jersey Undocumented Immigrants Closer to Reality?

Newark, New Jersey, Ranks First in the United States for Integration of New Immigrants

Princeton, New Jersey, Police Patrol Car Causes Immigration Confusion and Concern: Was it ICE?

ICE Targets Middlesex County, New Jersey, in “Sanctuary” County Enforcement Surge

‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Husband Charged by ICE and Faces Deportation to Italy

Breaking: ICE Raids Landscaping Company, 114 Employees Arrested, and Employer Under Investigation

Meghan Markle to Face British Immigration Authorities and Must Wait Years to Become British Citizen

New Jersey Accepts First Financial Aid Applications from Undocumented Immigrant Students

New Jersey Immigrants Scammed as Fear and Flux Take Control of the American Immigration System

Immigration Agency Launches Online Reporting Portal for F-1 OPT and M-1 International Students

Immigration Status: A Relevant Consideration in Determining the Best Interests of a Child

Medical Deportations? With healthcare repatriations of immigrants increasing, the industry’s medical repatriations process is facing increased scrutiny.

Customs & Border Protection to Email Visa Waiver Entrants 10-Day Departure Warnings

Raffle for a Green Card: The Diversity Visa Program

To Marry an Immigrant? Possible Financial Consequences: The Power of the Prenuptial Agreement and Ramifications of the Affidavit of Support

California Employers: Stuck Between Federal and State Form I-9 Laws. What is California’s AB 450?

NAFTA Termination and its Immigration Impact

School Districts, Undocumented Students, and Equal Access to Public K-12 Education

Ninth Circuit:  Employer’s Good Faith Reliance on HR Director is Not a Defense for Any I-9 Form Compliance Violations – Civil Penalty in the Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

Immigration May Knock at Your Company’s Front Door Soon. What Do You Do?

Immigration Compliance Due Diligence is Essential to M&A Transactions

All Employers: Yet Again, USCIS Releases an Updated Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

Panda Express Fined $400,000 for Form I-9 Compliance Violation

Venezuelan Asylum Applicants in the United States Double Amid Venezuela’s Political and Economic Chaos

Criminal Attorney’s Ineffective Representation Results in Defendant’s Definite Deportation

What Is a Habeas Corpus Petition, and What Role Does It Play in Immigration?

Understanding the Risks of a Plea Bargain

Voluntary Departure vs. Deportation

What Types of Protection Can a U.S. Embassy or Consulate Provide?

What Happens When a Non-Citizen Is Accused of a Crime?

Man Convicted of Illegally Obtaining Citizenship Through Marriage Fraud

Form I-864 and the Role of the Sponsor

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  • “EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Revitalization: New Options for Commercial Real Estate Developers,” Strafford Publications, February 16, 2023
  • “Federal Practice-Immigration Litigation and Appeal Issues,” Pennsylvania Bar Association Federal Practice Committee, November 28, 2022
  • “Life After F1 with Immigration Attorney,” Lehigh University, November 15, 2022
  • “Everything You Wanted to Know About Being a Lawyer but Were Afraid to Ask,” Lehigh University, November 2, 2022
  • “Life and Work After a Student Visa,” Northampton Community College, October 27, 2022
  • Speaker, “Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors Annual Meeting”, September 26, 2022
  • “U.S. Immigration Basics in the Biden/Harris Era and Beyond,” Seminar, NJ State Bar Association, June 29, 2022
  • “Legal Research in the Era of Facebook: Ethics and Best Practices for Navigating Social Media, Google and other Fast-Track Lanes of ‘Legal’ Information,” Federal Bar Association, Immigration Law Conference, Detroit, Michigan, May 13-14, 2022
  • “Ukraine Invasion: Religious Protection,” Lecture, Australian-Ukraine Foundation, March 25, 2022
  • “The Ukraine Situation: What Are Your Immigration Options,” Seminar, Lehigh University (March 22, 2022)
  • “The Pathway to Naturalization,” Instructor, MIRA, March 2022
  • “Business & Employment Immigration Law,” Lecture, Columbia Law School, New York, NY, February 8–10, 2022
  • Judge, “Pennsylvania Bar Association Mock Trial Competition,” Lehigh County, PA, February 8, 2022
  • Judge, “Moot Court,” New York University (NYU Law), New York, NY, February 11, 2022
  • “The Afghan Crisis and United States Asylum Protection,” Lecture, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, October 29, 2021
  • “Lehigh Valley Immigrants and Immigration Law,” Class Lecture Series, Latinos in the Lehigh Valley, Moravian Academy, Bethlehem, PA, September 29, 2021.
  • “Employment Immigration & Compliance” Lecture, New York Law School, NY, September 20, 2021
  • “Temporary Protection Status,” 6th Annual Immigration Conference: Beyond the Border, NJ Reentry Corporation, September 15, 2021
  • “Crimigration,” U.S. Immigration Basics In the Biden/Harris Era and Beyond, New Jersey State Bar Association, Webcast, June 23, 2021
  • “Discussion on the Practice of Law,” Pre-Law Society, East Stroudsburg University, February 11, 2021
  • “Basic Bars to Asylum,” New York Asylum & Immigration Law Conference, Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section and Safe Passage Project at New York Law School, Webinar, February 5, 2021
  • “Immigration Virtual Town Hall: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Updates for Businesses, Health Care Providers, Colleges and Universities, and Individuals,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Webinar, January 26, 2021
  • “Remote Litigation Before Immigration Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond,” Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section, Webinar, December 17, 2020
  • “Immigration Amidst A Pandemic,” Behind the Glass: Immigration Reflections, Emory University, Webinar, September 29, 2020
  • “Latinos in the Lehigh Valley” Moravian Academy, Virtual Class, September 22, 2020
  • “I-9 Compliance Seminar: Employee Immigration Verification Before, During, Beyond COVID, and the Inevitable ICE Audit,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Webinar, August 12 and 19, 2020
  • “How to Navigate the American System as an International Student,” Moravian College, Virtual Presentation, August 11, 2020
  • “Crimmigration,” 2020 U.S. Immigration Law: Basics & Beyond, New Jersey State Bar Association, Live Webcast, June 24, 2020
  • “Immigration Law Update,” Pennsylvania Bar Association Immigration Law Committee, Webinar, June 23, 2020
  • Business Law 340 Summer Term 1, Sacramento City College, Online, June 2020
  • “The Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, L Visa Employers and Workers, and America’s Global Workforce,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Webinar, May 19, 2020
  • “Responding to Coronavirus Orders and Adapting My Business – Is This the NEW NORMAL?,” Virtual Town Hall, March 31, 2020
  • “B-1 Intro to Asylum Law,” NYC Asylum Conference, New York, NY, February 28, 2020
  • “What to Know About the EB-5 Real Estate Investor Visa Program,” Triple Play REALTOR® Convention & Trade Expo, Atlantic City, NJ, December 11, 2019
  • “The (Hidden) Lucrative Intersections of Immigration Law and the Real Estate Industry,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Real Estate Institute, Philadelphia, PA, December 5, 2019
  • “The Evolution of Immigration Law into Every Practice,” Somerset County Bar Association CLE Marathon Day, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ, October 14, 2019
  • “Is Your Business Struggling with Immigration Compliance?” Lehigh Valley Business HR Symposium, ArtsQuest at SteelSacks, Bethlehem, PA, September 25, 2019
  • “Borders, Nationalisms, Identities: The Ethics of Global Citizenship,” Muhlenberg College Center for Ethics, Allentown, PA, September 20, 2019
  • “Latinos in the Lehigh Valley,” Moravian Academy, Bethlehem, PA September 20, 2019
  • “EOIR (Removal and Deportation) and Immigration Courts,” NJICLE/NJSBA 2019 U.S. Immigration Law: Basics & Beyond, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ, June 27, 2019
  • “Are You I-9 Compliant?” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Allentown, PA, April 24, 2019
  • “Focus: Immigration” Live Broadcast, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, April 10, 2019
  • “The Intersection of Immigration and Real Estate,” Keller Williams Realty, Moorestown, NJ, March 20, 2019
  • “Introduction to Asylum Law,” 2019 New York Asylum and Immigration Law Conference, New York Law School, New York, NY, March 8, 2019
  • “The Intersection of Immigration and Real Estate,” Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS®, White Plains, NY, March 7, 2019
  • “A Confusing Immigration System: Facts, Myths, & Effects on Your Practice, What You Need to Know,”  Bar Association of Lehigh County, Allentown, PA, February 26, 2019
  • “Seeking Family Immigration Benefits in Immigration Court,” NJICLE/NJSBA, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ, January 23, 2019
  • “Immigration in the United States,” Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus, PA, December 7, 2018
  • “The (Hidden) Lucrative Intersections of Immigration Law and the Real Estate Industry,” Triple Play REALTOR® Convention & Trade Expo, Atlantic City, NJ, December 5, 2018
  • “Best Practices for ICE Audits When It Comes to Form I-9,” Norris McLaughlin, Bridgewater, NJ, November 13, 2018
  • “How to Handle Form I-9 When Hiring and After,” Norris McLaughlin, Bridgewater, NJ, October 19, 2018
  • East Stroudsburg University’s 2018 Constitution Day, ESU Science and Technology Center, East Stroudsburg, PA, September 18, 2018
  • “A Deep Dive Into ‘At Risk’: How does USCIS interpret ‘risk’ and how should it? What are the practical implications?,” EB-5 Investor Magazine Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA, July 24, 2018
  • “2018 U.S. Immigration Law: Basics & Beyond,” NJICLE/NJSBA, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ, June 27, 2018
  • “U.S. Visa and Entry Process for Students and Scholars,” Pennsylvania Convention Center, PA, May 28, 2018
  • “Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Instructional Seminar,” Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, PA, April 13, 2018
  • “The Future of Immigration Law – How it Will Affect the Real Estate Industry,” Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS, PA, March 16, 2018
  • 2018 New York Asylum and Immigration Conference, New York Law School, NY, February 23, 2018
  • “Immigration Law and its Reach into Nearly Every Other Practice Area: What You Need to Know,” Bar Association of Lehigh County, PA, February 9, 2018
  • 2018 National Immigration Law Competition (ILC), New York University School of Law Moot Court Board, NYU, February 2, 2018
  • “Immigration Law and its Reach into Nearly Every Other Practice Area: What You Need to Know,” Lehigh County Paralegal Association, Bar Association of Lehigh County, Allentown, February 2, 2018
  • “Understanding Asylum and Refugee Law,” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education in cooperation with the NJSBA Immigration Law Section, Best Western Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, NJ, January 30, 2018
  • “Labor & Employment Year In Review,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, December 7, 2017
  • “Form I-9: Completing, Common Mistakes, Employer Compliance, and Increasing Fines and Enforcement,” Somerset County Business Partnership Human Resources Roundtable Group, November 15, 2017
  • “Employers Beware: ICE is Cracking Down on I-9 Compliance,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, October 20, 2017
  • “Employers Beware: ICE is Cracking Down on I-9 Compliance,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, September 22, 2017
  • “Immigration 101,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Allentown, PA, May 10, 2017
  • “Driving While On Pot Is Deportable Offense, 3rd Circ. Says,” Law360
  • Asan v. United States of America, 907 F.Supp.2d 426 (S.D.N.Y. 2012)
  • Bautista v. Sabol, 862 F. Supp. 375 (M.D.P.A. 2012)
  • Bautista v. Attorney General, 744 F. 3d 54 (3d 2014)
  • Frias-Camilo v. Attorney General, No. 15-3773 (3d 2016)
  • Javier v. Attorney General, Nos. 15-2781 and 15-3068 (3d 2016)
  • Asan v. United States, No. 13-179 (2d Cir. 2014)
  • Matter of Bautista, 25 I&N 616 (BIA 2011)
  • Woods v. Sabol, No. 14-CV-998 (M.D.P.A. 2014)
  • Plamen Ivkov Ayvazov v. Attorney General of the United States, Nos.: 14-4151, 15-1658, 15-3069 (3d Cir. 2016)
  • Ongoing representation of hundreds of other foreign and U.S. entities in visa matters involving the transfer of executives to the United States, including matters involving newly established businesses, permanent residence, temporary work visas, and immigration compliance matters.
  • Counsel to Pennsylvania developer in $55 million EB-5 regional center financing for a two-tower hotel project.
  • Counsel to Pennsylvania developer in $40 million EB-5 regional center financing project for industrial park development.
  • Counsel to California government infrastructure development fund in $70 million EB-5 Regional Center financing project for airport rail project.
  • Counsel to global logistics company before all matters before Customs & Border Protection related to compliance, tariffs, import classifications, classification disputes, and representation before the United States Court of International Trade.
  • Counsel to Pennsylvania restaurant chain in Department of Homeland Security investigation into employer immigration compliance fraud, leading to a financial settlement.
  • Counsel to Pennsylvania global distribution and logistics company in four-year Form I-9 and employer immigration compliance investigation, leading to a financial settlement and no criminal charges.
  • Counsel to New Jersey manufacturing company in multimillion-dollar Form I-9 federal investigation, leading to settlement and deferral of criminal charges.
  • Counsel to Pennsylvania regional health network (hospitals, care facilities, and physician practices) for all immigration matters, including medically underserved area designations, merger immigration compliance matters, nonimmigrant visas, and permanent residence petitions.
  • Counsel to Pennsylvania nursing home group in all immigration matters, including the recruitment of medical professionals from leading international medical institutions.
  • Counsel to leading regional physicians’ group on all immigration matters, including nonimmigrant visas and permanent residence.
  • Counsel to New Jersey Roman Catholic Diocese for all immigration matters, including R-1 religious worker visas, special immigrant visa petitions, and permanent residence.
  • Counsel to Pennsylvania Roman Catholic Diocese for all immigration matters, including R-1 religious worker visas, special immigrant visa petitions, and permanent residence.
  • Counsel to Maronite Catholic Diocese for all immigration matters, including R-1 religious worker visas, special immigrant visa petitions, and permanent residence.
  • Counsel to multinational plastic straw manufacturer with facilities in Allentown, Pennsylvania and China for all immigration matters, including L-1 and H-1B visas, permanent residence and complex immigration issues.
  • Counsel to multinational Information Technology company with offices in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and India for all immigration matters, including L-1, H-1B and E visas, permanent residence and complex immigration issues.
  • Counsel to global software development and Information Technology consulting firm in a federal Department of Labor audit of all H-1B visas and Labor Condition Applications (LCAs).
  • Counsel to multinational high-tech industrial manufacturing company in all immigration matters including Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) labor certifications, Employment-Based First Preference Immigration (EB-1) for multinational executives or manager positions and H-1B, L, and TN visa representations.
  • Counsel to recipient of Nobel Prize in securing permanent residence based on extraordinary abilities.
  • Counsel to worldwide nonprofit for all immigration matters, including the cross transfer of employees and continuing U.S. immigration law compliance.
  • Counsel to chain of bagel shops in federal I-9 compliance investigation.
  • Counsel to Chinese cement manufacturing plant construction company in structuring immigration-related elements of $200 million cement plant construction project.
  • Counsel to chain of Pennsylvania minimarkets in federal I-9 compliance investigation.
  • Counsel to leading theme park for J-1 and H-2B nonimmigrant visa programs.
  • Counsel to Pennsylvania summer resort in H-2B nonimmigrant visa program and permanent residency matters.
  • Counsel to leading New Jersey landscaping company in H-2B nonimmigrant visa program development, implementation, operation, and continuing compliance.
  • Counsel to New Jersey dairy farm in H-2A nonimmigrant visa program development, implementation, operation, and compliance.
  • Counsel to Canadian industrial seal manufacturing company with Pennsylvania and New Jersey operations, in securing L-1 and NAFTA related nonimmigrant visas.
  • Counsel to New Jersey global clothing manufacturer and distributor in Department of Labor investigation into H-1B and other related visa fraud matters, leading to a financial settlement.
  • Counsel to a global Information Technology company based in New York with offices in 30 countries, in both temporary worker and permanent residence matters.
  • Counsel to Chinese distribution company in customs matters, including implementation of the first-sale rule, tariff reduction measures, and designation classification negotiations with Customs & Border Protection.
  • Counsel to an Italian fashion designer in establishing a U.S. business in qualifying as a treaty entity under U.S.-Italian treaty.
  • Counsel to an Israeli investment fund in foreign direct investment matters in the United States and visas for management and other skilled employees.
  • Counsel to London-based luxury hotel chain in transfer of managers to the U.S. to begin chain expansion into the U.S. market.
  • Counsel to Australian professional services firm in securing treaty based investor visas to implement U.S. market growth plan.
  • Counsel to Mexican restaurateur in securing a treaty-based investor visa for the startup of Mexican food restaurant chain in Pennsylvania.
  • Counsel to Pennsylvania university for all immigration matters, including H-1B and TN visas, labor certifications and permanent residence.
  • Counsel to South African gold and diamond mining company in EB-5 investor visa program and subsequent nonimmigrant visas, permanent residence, and foreign direct investment into developing a U.S. logistics center.
  • Counsel to community college for all immigration matters, including SEVIS compliance audit, human resource training, and international student services outside counsel.
  • Counsel to New Jersey college on all immigration matters, including H-1B and TN visas, labor certifications and permanent residence.
  • Counsel to group of charter schools in securing foreign language teachers to meet staffing needs.
  • Counsel to Maryland Information Technology company in large scale Department of Labor investigation into H-1B fraud allegations, resulting in no criminal prosecution and a minor civil penalty.
  • Counsel to Chilean global marketing firm in nonimmigrant visa and Foreign Direct Investment matters, for organization’s expansion into the United States.
  • Counsel to New Jersey animal diets/food manufacturing company and research institute on all nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters, including H-1B and permanent residence.
  • Counsel to California television production company in nonimmigrant visas for performers and actors.
  • Counsel to Major League Soccer team in all nonimmigrant visas for sports professionals
  • Counsel to Major League Baseball team in all nonimmigrant visas, foreign recruitment of professional athletes, and nonimmigrant visas for entry into the United States as professional athletes.
  • Counsel to U.S. Record Label in all immigration matters related to nonimmigrant visas for globally known performing artists.

Raymond G. Lahoud was selected for the 2022 National Law Review Go-To Thought Leader. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.

Raymond G. Lahoud has earned the 2022 Global Business Awards for Most Trusted Immigration Lawyer (Pennsylvania).

Raymond G. Lahoud has earned the Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyer 3rd Edition 2022 – 2023. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.

Raymond G. Lahoud has earned the 2022 Lawyer Monthly Legal award.

Raymond G. Lahoud has earned the 2022 Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion award. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.Ray Lahoud Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed 2021Raymond G. Lahoud has earned the 2021 Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion award. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.Ray Lahoud Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed 2021Raymond G. Lahoud has earned the 2020 Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion award. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.Ray Lahoud Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed 2021Raymond G. Lahoud was selected to the 2020 Top Rising Young Attorneys In The New York Metro Area list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.Ray Lahoud Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed 2021Raymond G. Lahoud has earned the 2019 Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion award. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.Ray Lahoud Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed 2021Raymond G. Lahoud has earned the 2018 Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion award. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.Ray Lahoud Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed 2021Raymond G. Lahoud has earned the 2017 Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion award. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.Ray Lahoud Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed 2021Raymond G. Lahoud was selected to the 2016 America’s Most Honored list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.Ray Lahoud Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed 2021Raymond G. Lahoud was selected for the 2016 Client Distinction Awards list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.Ray Lahoud Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed 2021Raymond G. Lahoud was selected for the 2015 Client Distinction Awards list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.Ray Lahoud Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed 2021Raymond G. Lahoud was selected for the 2014 Client Distinction Awards list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.Ray Lahoud Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed 2021Raymond G. Lahoud was selected for the 2013 Client Distinction Awards list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.Ray Lahoud Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed 2021

Raymond G. Lahoud was selected to the 2022 New York Metro Rising Stars list. The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. Raymond G. Lahoud was selected to the 2021 New York Metro Rising Stars list. The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. Raymond G. Lahoud was selected to the 2020 New York Metro Rising Stars list. The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters.Raymond G. Lahoud was selected to the 2016 New York Metro Rising Stars list. The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. Raymond G. Lahoud was selected to the 2013 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list. The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. 
Ray Lahoud Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Rating 2021 Raymond G. Lahoud has earned the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion award. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. Ray Lahoud Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed 2021 Raymond G. Lahoud has earned the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed status. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. National Law Review’s 2020 “Go-To Thought Leader Awards”Raymond G. Lahoud was selected to the National Law Review’s 2020 “Go-To Thought Leader Awards” list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Raymond G. Lahoud was selected to the JD Supra 2019 Readers Choice Awards list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Raymond G. Lahoud was selected to the JD Supra 2018 Readers Choice Awards list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


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