Joshua Mirer

Joshua S. Mirer


Joshua S. Mirer


  • Overview


    Joshua Mirer, co-chair of the Immigration Group, primarily practices U.S. immigration law, focusing on business immigration. The majority of his work involves advising businesses on nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for their employees and preparing visa petitions for submission to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He also counsels employers on the Immigration Reform and Control Act and related issues, including I-9 and worksite enforcement issues. Mr. Mirer serves as primary outside counsel concerning U.S. immigration matters for national companies, such as United Technologies Corporation and all of its business units operating in the United States. He also counsels health centers and physicians groups in obtaining waivers of the two-year home residency requirement for J-1 physicians. Mr. Mirer has overseen the strategic filing of over 300 applications for labor certification under PERM since its inception in 2005.

    Mr. Mirer co-authored a chapter concerning worksite compliance in a Matthew Bender publication on labor and employment law. He also served as a peer editor for the treatise Business Immigration Law & Practice, published in 2011 by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and is mentioned in the publication's acknowledgements.

    Mr. Mirer served as a faculty member for Sterling Educational Services' immigration series in Boston, Hartford, and Long Island. He speaks annually for the Connecticut Business & Industry Association and the Connecticut Bar Association on business immigration and related topics. He is a Six Sigma Green Belt.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Counseled one of the 30 largest financial institutions in the United States with regard to post-acquisition I-9 compliance issues and provided guidance for self-audit.
      • Assisted multinational software services company in staffing their new U.S. offices by successfully obtaining H-1B and L-1 status for their vice president and a team of computer professionals.
      • Provided immigration training to human resources professionals, recruiters, executives and managers, business owners, and in-house counsel for a variety of clients and business organizations, including Fortune 100 and Global 500 companies and one of the world's largest chemical and pharmaceutical companies.
      • Enabled biotechnology companies, educational institutions, and hospitals to retain valuable key scientists, researchers, chemists, professors, and physicians by obtaining both temporary and permanent immigration status.
      • Routinely apply for and obtain permanent resident status for employees of our corporate clients through the Alien Labor Certification process under Reduction in Recruitment.
      • Apply for waivers of the two-year home residency requirement for physicians and other J-1 professionals.
      • Representation of a New York City-based global management consulting firm to secure an approved L-1 Blanket petition. Converted the majority of its H-1B workforce to L-1B status at U.S. Consulates in India and China. This has allowed for more flexibility regarding staffing, compensation, and client service and no further concerns about H-1B dependency.
      • Representation of a Connecticut-based global technology company concerning one of its employees who was denied a pending PERM application. The U.S. Department of Labor indicated that the company did not list all of its requirements on the PERM application even though the requirements were listed in the ad and that this was prejudicial to U.S. workers. Robinson & Cole refiled the PERM application and successfully argued that the requirements were in fact listed on the application as an alternative and that this was appropriate. The case was reopened relatively quickly, and the employee received her permanent resident status.
      • Representation of a Danish-owned publicly traded company to bring Danish nationals to the U.S. as managers and specialized knowledge personnel. Robinson & Cole filed documentation to register the company with the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen as an E-2 Trader Investor. Also filed substantial documentation with the E-2 application regarding the company's real estate leases, corporate acquisitions, current employees and their immigration status, and the company's initial investment in the U.S.

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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association (2000 - present)

      Connecticut Bar Association (2000 - present)

      American Immigration Lawyers Association (2001 - present)

      American Immigration Lawyers Association, Connecticut Chapter (2001 - present)

      Foreign Medical Graduate Task Force (2008 - present)

      Connecticut Technology Council (2009 - present)

      Connecticut United for Research Excellence, Inc. (2010 - present)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Connecticut Center for Children's Advocacy, 2010 Champion of Children Award

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      The Village for Families & Children
      Board Member (2010 - 2012)

      Center for Children's Advocacy at the University of Connecticut School of Law
      Outside Immigration Counsel
    • Publications


      "Hiring a Foreign National Worker: What U.S. Employers Need to Know," published in Mobility Magazine, co-authored with Jennifer L. Shanley (May 2017)
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      "Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs Have Visa Options," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored with Lauren M. Sigg and Megan R. Naughton (10/27/2014)

      "Employment And Immigration Law: The Annual Immigration Gold Rush," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored with Lauren M. Sigg and Megan R. Naughton (1/23/2014)

    • Presentations


      "Immigration Issues and Compliance," at Connecticut Business & Industry Association (9/22/06)

      "Perm Talk: How to Avoid Stalling on the Road to Permanent Residence," at Cambridge, Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce (9/20/06)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • May 5, 2017

        Immigration Group Lawyers Publish Article for Mobility Magazine

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      • June 6, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors George W. Crawford Black Bar Association's 2016 Annual Dinner

      • January 21, 2014

        Nicole Bernabo Organizes First CBA Labor and Employment Conference

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      • April 5, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Elected to Board of Directors of the Village for Families & Children, Inc.

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      • March 5, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Immigration Attorneys Honored by Center for Children’s Advocacy

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      • November 12, 2008

        Robinson & Cole Announces New Partners

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      R+C News Releases

      • May 21, 2010

        Robinson & Cole's Naughton, Mirer, and Sharubina Named Pro Bono Legal Champion's by the Center for Children's Advocacy

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