How can one break into business immigration law with zero immigration experience?

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You can definitely get some immigration experience by doing pro bono work. I’d do a ton of that while at my current position to build up my experience

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Become a member of the American immigration lawyers association - AILA. The AILA website has a wealth of resources both free and paid. Then find a solo or boutique who practice business immigration and try to get 1-2 years in with them (will prob mean a paycut for you, if ur already at an amlaw100). That will put you in a good place to apply at an amlaw100 that has an immigration department or of course the big kahuna Fragomen. I highly recommend the the Fragomen immigration practice handbook for those starting out in the practice. Solid practical guidance + the black letter law.

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Find a small/ solo office that does business immigration and offer to support them during peak seasons (I believe April is when H1B applications are due). You get your foot in the door that way. Then once the H1B season is over you ask for work in other related areas like EB1/EB5 etc. After about a year of experience you should be able to put on your resume that you have general experience with immigration law which will then allow you to apply for jobs specifically related to business immigration.

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