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Eleanor Pelta

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Eleanor Pelta is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice. With her practice focused on immigration and nationality law, Ms. Pelta assists corporate clients in various industries with the international transfer of key personnel. She is particularly knowledgeable about managing high-volume employee transfers, as her background includes assisting employers in gaining temporary and permanent visas for all types of business, scientific and executive personnel. Additionally, she advises clients on strategic issues involving movement of staff internationally, including the use of blanket visa programs and qualification of companies as "treaty investor" or "treaty trader" entities. Ms. Pelta provides further support on the immigration implications of corporate changes, including mergers and acquisitions, downsizing, reductions in force and salary level changes. Likewise, she has developed corporate immigration policies and procedures. Ms. Pelta counsels clients on employer obligations related to temporary transfers, employment eligibility verification and avoiding immigration-related unfair employment practices. She has also developed and performed nationwide I-9 compliance training for human resources personnel, and has assisted clients during I-9 and H-1B audits. In particular, Ms. Pelta frequently counsels tax and payroll managers regarding U.S. tax obligations of foreign nationals. From Washington, D.C., Ms. Pelta is part of our cross-practice Global Workforce team that provides integrated cross-border advice, counseling, and strategic planning across the spectrum of labor, employment, benefits, and immigration issues. For more information, view Ms. Pelta’s biography at


Immediate Past President, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); Recipient, Award for Service Provided as a Trustee of the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF); Trustee, American Immigration Law Foundation, Chair, Immigration Curriculum Project; Invited Speaker, conferences sponsored by AILA, the Society for Human Resource Management, The American Payroll Association, The American Society for Payroll Management, the Practising Law Institute, the State Bar of Texas


Harvard Law School, 1986, J.D., Cum Laude; Princeton University, 1982, A.B., Cum Laude

United States: Labor and employment


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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s immigration group, which is spread across the firm’s Washington DC, Boston and San Francisco offices, is jointly led by James Vázquez-Azpiri in San Francisco and Eleanor Pelta in Washington DC. Vázquez-Azpiri represents Samsung Research America in a wide range of US and global immigration matters, such as obtaining green cards for highly qualified employees through the US’ outstanding researcher and Schedule A, Group II programs. The department also handles Brocade’s immigration due diligence with respect to international corporate acquisitions and assisted Samsung Semiconductor in the development of an immigration program and the creation of an employment verification system, as well as handling all of Seagate’s global mobility immigration work after the company has undertaken an expansion of its global talent needs with consequently greater inbound and outbound employee mobility. Another important client is Fujitsu, which the firm is advising in regard to its intracompany transfer program. Other clients include Sony Computer Entertainment America and JCPenney. Mark Matthews moved to Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered.

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