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William L. Coffman

Special Counsel

WLCoffman@mintz.com

+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)

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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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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Read about USCIS’s decision to delay implementation of the rule introducing wage-weighted priority into the H-1B lottery selection system until December 31, 2021.
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New Regulations will Significantly Restrict H-1B Visa Eligibility — Part 2 of 2

October 8, 2020 | Alert | By John Quill, William Coffman

This alert analyzes regulations announced by DOL and DHS on October 6, 2020 that will significantly impact the H-1B visa program. They take effect on December 7, 2020.
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New Regulations Will Significantly Restrict H-1B Visa Eligibility — Part 1 of 2

October 7, 2020 | Alert | By John Quill, William Coffman

This alert covers an October 6, 2020 announcement by DOL and DHS regarding regulations that will significantly impact the H-1B visa program. Part 1 of our alert addresses DOL regulations taking effect on Thursday, October 9.
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Federal Court Halts USCIS Filing Fee Increases Nationwide

September 30, 2020 | Alert | By William Coffman

This immigration alert covers a preliminary injunction granted on September 29, 2020 that temporarily halts implementation of fee increases on most immigration benefit filings.
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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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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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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

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