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Michael M. Benchetrit is Co-Chair of Akerman's Immigration Planning & Compliance Practice. His practice is focused on immigration matters for national and multinational companies in the financial services, hospitality, real estate, manufacturing, engineering, and information services sectors. He assists foreign nationals in obtaining intra-company transferee visas, treaty trader and treaty investors visas, specialty worker visas, and U.S. Permanent Residency. He also assists companies in developing and streamlining internal processes for the transfer of employees, and training in-house legal personnel in preparing applications and petitions for the temporary admission of foreign nationals. Michael's experience includes representation of individuals in matters before immigration trial judges and filing briefs before the Board of Immigrations Appeals, the U.S. Immigrations and Naturalization Administrative Appeals Office, and the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals.
United States: Labor and employment
Akerman LLP’s Florida-based immigration practice assists clients in all immigration matters, such as the case preparation and legal analysis of corporate, NIV, and PERM immigration transactions, I-9 immigration compliance and the EB-5 program. The practice is co-led by Michael Benchetrit and Thomas Raleigh. Benchetrit has developed a niche practice centered around the immigration needs of Israeli companies seeking to access the US market, while Raleigh serves as the firm’s market entry coordinator and assists public companies, sports teams, investors and professionals in obtaining US work authorization, preparing petitions, and applications with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and US Embassies overseas. The practice has wide-ranging industry knowledge, but is particularly active in the hospitality sector, where it acts for a number of Florida country clubs, such as The Everglades Club in Palm Beach, The Westchester Country Club and Glenview Country Club. Other clients include Coldstone Creamery and Somfy Systems. Scott Bettridge joined Fox Rothschild LLP.