Leigh Cole is Immigration Counsel in the firm’s San Francisco office. Known nationally for her experience in immigration for educational institutions, she has extensive experience with employment-based immigration matters and advises on immigration compliance, best practices, audits and self-audits, applications for immigration benefits and international student and scholar services for institutions, nonprofits and NGOs, and businesses.
Leigh advises clients on issues including:
- Best practices in immigration compliance
- Employment-based immigration status
- I-9 self-audits – are your I-9 records as compliant as you think they are?
- Ongoing support for immigration questions that arise at your organization
- Immigration sponsorship opportunities for international personnel
- Legal support for International Student and Scholar Services at schools
She works with general counsel, executives and investors, human resources directors, international education advisors, recruiters and others responsible for immigration compliance for institutions, organizations and businesses.
Says Leigh, “Hirschfeld Kraemer is a dynamic forward-thinking law firm, and I appreciate being a part of it.”
Her passions are horses, boating and sailing, and flower gardening.
Best Lawyers (2010–2014)
American Bar Association
Vermont Bar Association
New York Bar Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association
National Association of College and University Attorneys
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Co-Instructor, NACUA online course, “The ABCs of F, J and H-1Bs: Immigration Basics for Colleges and Universities” (2011 to present)
Board of Directors, VT Council on World Affairs (2013 to present)
Leadership Champlain, a division of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (Director, August 2007 to 2014, and Board Chair)
Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (2011 to 2013)
Director, Wake Robin Corporation, member, Finance Committee (2007 to 2011)
Director Emeritus, Far Post Soccer Club, Inc.
Creator and leader, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) Circle of discussion group on socially responsible business practices (2007 to 2008)
Director, Lake Champlain Land Trust, 2001 to 2007 (term limit)
Founding Director, South Hero Land Trust, 1996 to 1998
Leadership Champlain, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Class of 1998
H-1B and permanent residency applications for faculty and researchers
L-1 petitions for executives managers and specialized knowledge employees at multinational corporations
Establishing new U.S. business entities for international companies
Advising general counsels and HR directors on day-to-day immigration questions for employees, executives, students and scholars
I-9 self audits for HR departments
Immigration training on campus for staff involved in recruiting and hiring
Review of immigration sponsorship policies for hospitals and schools
Applications for F-1 certification and J-1 designation for schools to sponsor international students and exchange visitors