Raymond G. Lahoud, Chair of the firm’s Immigration Law Practice, focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign.  While Ray’s immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices: New York, New York; Bridgewater, New Jersey; and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Ray’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike.  His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.

Ray’s corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters.  He has served nearly every industry, including healthcare, education (community colleges, colleges, universities, students, professors, and researchers), manufacturing, global and domestic employment/talent recruitment, warehousing and distribution, pharmaceutical, economic development, local, county, and state government agencies, non-profit, religious, real estate development and EB-5 investor financing, information technology, marketing, entertainment, and sports.  Ray’s corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance.  Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts—seeking review of employer immigration compliance and other immigrant and non-immigrant visa issues.

Ray’s immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals, at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts.  In state and federal trial and appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings, and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes.  Ray’s ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has made him a leading expert on issues of “crimigration” before state and federal courts reviewing post-conviction relief claims.

As Chair of the Immigration Practice Group, Ray oversees a leading team of immigration attorneys, immigration review compliance experts, employer immigration auditors, and paralegals and legal assistants with extensive and continuing immigration law training and significant practice experience.

Ray has received numerous accolades.  He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, received the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney in the New York Metro Area.  EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Ray one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally.  He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 Forty Under 40 for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community.

In law school, Ray earned Dean’s List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.  He was actively involved in additional programs and other organizations including the Barristers’ Counsel, ABA Law Student Division, ACLU at GULC, Catholic Student Association, and the Innocence Project, and worked for the Honorable Joanne Seybert, Federal District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

At Lehigh, Ray was Editor of The Lehigh Review, earned Dean’s List, was named a President’s Scholar, was inducted into Phi Beta Delta, and received, among other awards, the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship.

He served as a United States Congressional Page under then-Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL), and was a legislative aide to State Senator Lisa Boscola (D-PA).

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Blog - Immigration Blog

ICE Agents Converge on 16 New Jersey Counties. 105 Immigrants Arrested.

New Jersey One Step Closer to Issuing Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

ICE Threatens to Increase Immigration Raids at New Jersey Worksites in Response to Sanctuary State Directive

New Jersey Becomes Sanctuary State

New Jersey Combats “Notario” Fraud: 28 New Jersey Businesses Assessed Hundreds of Thousands for Scamming Immigrants

Immigration Crackdown on New Jersey Food Industry

Ray Lahoud Talks Immigration Law with New York Business Leaders and Innovators

Birthright Citizenship Debate Brings Fear to New Jersey’s 128,000 US Citizen Children of Unauthorized Immigrants

Real Housewife of New Jersey Finally Talks and Vows to Appeal Husband’s Deportation Order

Immigrants Account for $80 Billion a Year in Economic Contribution to New Jersey

Legal Marijuana “Next Door” in Canada Off Limits Here in the United States

Driver’s Licenses for 466,000 New Jersey Undocumented Immigrants Closer to Reality?

Less Than Half New Jersey Undocumented Immigrant Students Approved for College and University Financial Aid

Hudson County, New Jersey, Agrees to Detain Immigrants for ICE Until 2020 for over $60 Million

‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Husband Ordered Deported to Italy

New Jersey Among Top 5 States in Number of Immigrants Becoming Naturalized Citizens in 2017

Newark, New Jersey, Ranks First in the United States for Integration of New Immigrants

Federal Court Temporarily Halts Trump TPS Terminations

Immigration Alert: USCIS Increases Premium Processing Fee

Princeton, New Jersey, Police Patrol Car Causes Immigration Confusion and Concern: Was it ICE?

New Jersey Denied Millions in Federal Grants over “Sanctuary State” Immigration Policies, State Sues Trump Administration

Risking a $27 Million Loss in Revenue, Hudson County, New Jersey, Votes to Extend Agreement to House Immigrant Detainees

ICE Targets Middlesex County, New Jersey, in “Sanctuary” County Enforcement Surge

New Jersey Donor Aids Children of Immigrants Banned from the United States

New Jersey Prisons Earning Tens of Millions Each Year Housing ICE Detainees

‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Husband Charged by ICE and Faces Deportation to Italy

New Jersey’s Immigrant Population Fifth-Largest in the United States

BREAKING: US Supreme Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban

Register Today! Immigration & Business Forum

BREAKING: Immigration Agents Conduct Raids Across New Jersey. Many Arrested.

Breaking: ICE Raids Landscaping Company, 114 Employees Arrested, and Employer Under Investigation

Meghan Markle to Face British Immigration Authorities and Must Wait Years to Become British Citizen

New Jersey Accepts First Financial Aid Applications from Undocumented Immigrant Students

Immigration Alert: New Jersey Extends College Financial Aid to Undocumented Immigrants

Trump Administration Terminates TPS for Honduras: Thousands in New Jersey to Lose Deportation Protection and Work Authorization

Connecticut Governor Signs Bill Expanding College Financial Aid to Undocumented Immigrants and New Jersey to Follow

New Jersey Immigrants Scammed as Fear and Flux Take Control of the American Immigration System

Don’t Forget to Register for the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Instructional Seminar

Immigration Agency Launches Online Reporting Portal for F-1 OPT and M-1 International Students

Immigration Status: A Relevant Consideration in Determining the Best Interests of a Child

Medical Deportations? With healthcare repatriations of immigrants increasing, the industry’s medical repatriations process is facing increased scrutiny.

Inadequate and Incorrect Visa Applications, Increased State Department Scrutiny Lead to 17% Drop in Granted F-1 Student Visa Application

EB-5 Investor, Religious, and Conrad Visa Programs Extended to September 30

New Jersey County Withdraws from Controversial Federal Immigration Enforcement Program

Join us at a Seminar with the GLVCC!

Breaking Immigration Update: Supreme Court Declines to Expedite DACA Rescission Litigation & USCIS is Still Accepting DACA Renewals

EB-5 Update: Congress Extends EB-5 Investor Visa, Again.

DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Syrians

Customs & Border Protection to Email Visa Waiver Entrants 10-Day Departure Warnings

White House Proposes Immigration Reform Package: What You Need to Know

Convenience Stores Beware: Immigration Is Coming. What Do You Do?

Employers: Beware of Form I-9 Email Scam

Immigration Alert: DHS Terminates Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

Potato Grower Reaches $100,000 Settlement with Justice Department for I-9 Compliance Violations

Attorney General: Municipalities May Lose Hundreds of Millions in Federal Grant Over Local Immigration Policies. DOJ Sets December 8 Compliance Deadline.

Raffle for a Green Card: The Diversity Visa Program

DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Honduras

ICE Director: “We’re Taking Work Site Enforcement Very Hard This Year.” Promises to Significantly Increase the Immigration Enforcement Pressure on All Employers.

Immigration Alert: DHS Terminates Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguans

To Marry an Immigrant? Possible Financial Consequences: The Power of the Prenuptial Agreement and Ramifications of the Affidavit of Support

California Employers: Stuck Between Federal and State Form I-9 Laws. What is California’s AB 450?

Global IT Company Settles Years of Federal and State Immigration Investigations—$24 Million in Fines Paid.

NAFTA Termination and its Immigration Impact

Trump Administration’s U.S. Interior Deportations Jumps 34 Percent. Employers and Immigrants Must Be Proactive.

State Department Suspends All Non-Immigrant Visa Processing in Turkey, Effective Immediately

ICE Raids Philadelphia in Operation Safe City. Over 100 Arrested.

Pennsylvania Tree Removal Company Fined $95 Million for Hiring Undocumented Immigrants

USCIS: H-1B Premium Processing for Certain H-1B Visa Petitions Accepted and Pending Under 2018 Cap Resumes

Current DACA Holders: Renew Your DACA Status Now

School Districts, Undocumented Students, and Equal Access to Public K-12 Education

End of DACA Can Have Serious Consequences for Employers

Breaking: Attorney General Rescinds DACA – Hundreds of Thousands of Individuals, Schools, Colleges, and Employers Uncertain What Happens Next

State Department Suspends U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Processing in Russia

TPS Holders: Time to Review Your Status and Future

Ninth Circuit:  Employer’s Good Faith Reliance on HR Director is Not a Defense for Any I-9 Form Compliance Violations – Civil Penalty in the Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

With New Academic Year Approaching, Universities and Colleges Must Prepare for Possible Immigration Issues for Foreign and Students Studying Abroad

USCIS: H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Research Organizations, Colleges, Universities, Hospitals, and Other Cap-Exempt Petitioners Resumes

IMMIGRATION COMPLIANCE REMINDER: Employers Must Prepare to Implement New Form I-9

Immigration May Knock at Your Company’s Front Door Soon. What Do You Do?

Immigration Compliance Due Diligence is Essential to M&A Transactions

Travel Ban Update: State Department Expands Definition of “Close Family”

The Trump-Russian Lawyer: Undocumented? Issued a Visa? How Did She Get into the United States? Did CBP Really Strip Search Her at the Airport?

All Employers: Yet Again, USCIS Releases an Updated Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

Medical Student Denied Entry by Customs and Border Patrol.  Deported Shortly After Landing.

Breaking: Federal Judge Expands List of Relatives Exempt from Trump Travel Ban

Panda Express Fined $400,000 for Form I-9 Compliance Violation

Yes, Facebook and Twitter Posts Can Forever Ban You From the United States

Venezuelan Asylum Applicants in the United States Double Amid Venezuela’s Political and Economic Chaos

Criminal Attorney’s Ineffective Representation Results in Defendant’s Definite Deportation

Immigration Agency Resumes Necessary Premium Processing for Important Medical Doctor Visa Waiver

CBP: Over 50,000,000 Nonimmigrants Entered the United States Last Year. Less than 2% Overstayed Their Welcome.

Immigration Scams are on the Rise

“Bad Hombres” Only? Ninth Circuit Federal Judge Slams Deportation Process.

Texas Judge Suspended When State Discovered She is a Non-Citizen.

You Do Not Need to be a Kushner to EB-5. You Need an Immigration Lawyer.

Effective May 1 Redesigned Green Cards will be Issued

New Jersey Policy = Do Not Let ICE In

Temporary Pause? Court Temporarily Halts Certain Trump Immigration Orders

New Immigration Fees Take Effect Today.

Immigrants: Knowledge is Power, Protect Your Rights!

Is There a Link Between Immigration and Unemployment?

Establishing an Employer-Employee Relationship Is Essential for H-1B Visa Purposes

ETA Form 9089 and Its Role in the Hiring of Foreign Workers

Employment-Based Immigration Depends on Your Job

Is a Child Entitled to an Attorney in Immigration Court?

What Is a Habeas Corpus Petition, and What Role Does It Play in Immigration?

Understanding the Risks of a Plea Bargain

Voluntary Departure vs. Deportation

How Do You Sponsor an Employee for Permanent U.S. Residence?

Know Your Options for Defending Against Deportation

Upcoming U.S. Election, Court Cases Could Impact Future of DACA

What Types of Protection Can a U.S. Embassy or Consulate Provide?

Understanding the Consequences of Aiding Undocumented Immigrants’ Entry Into the United States

How the EEOC Protects the Rights of Immigrants—and What Employers Should Know

Massive Sweep Nabs 239 Foreign Nationals Suspected of Gang Activity

Upcoming U.S. Election, Court Cases Could Impact Future of DACA

Foreign Entrepreneurs Enjoy Numerous Immigration Options

EB-5 Investor Program Offers Immigration Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

What Happens When a Non-Citizen Is Accused of a Crime?

What to Do When You Face Deportation

Undocumented Students and the Right to Public Education

Applying for a Non-Immigrant Fiancé Visa

Understanding the Different Categories of Immigrant Visas

Man Convicted of Illegally Obtaining Citizenship Through Marriage Fraud

Form I-864 and the Role of the Sponsor

Understanding the Process of Becoming a Naturalized U.S. Citizen

The Significance of Your Student Visa’s Expiration Date

Can Military Members and Veterans Face Deportation?

Alert: Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

Immigration Law is Complicated. You Need a Lawyer.

Stopped by Immigration: You Have Rights. Know Them. Use Them.

USCIS Update for DACA Recipients Who Received 3-Year Work Permits

USCIS Announces Temporary Immigration Relief for Those Affected by Typhoon Soudelor

Obama Administration Deports Nearly Half A Million Immigrants In 2012

Obama Immigration Proposal

Federal District Court Condemns Government’s Prolonged Detention

Obama Administration Denies Legal Immigrant’s Release

United States Citizenship & Immigration Service

Time for Electronic Filing with the Immigration Court System – Time to Save the Enviroment, Money and Time

Trial of PA Officers Accused of Obstructing Justice Over the Beating of Illegal Mexican Starts Today . . . Justice and Lou Dobbs’ Ignorance.

Is the DREAM Act Just a Dream?

Immigration Detention Hell

USCIS Censorship

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  • “Best Practices for ICE Audits When It Comes to Form I-9,” Norris McLaughlin, Bridgewater, NJ, November 13, 2018
  • “How to Handle Form I-9 When Hiring and After,” Norris McLaughlin, Bridgewater, NJ, October 19, 2018
  • East Stroudsburg University’s 2018 Constitution Day, ESU Science and Technology Center, East Stroudsburg, PA, September 18, 2018
  • “A Deep Dive Into ‘At Risk’: How does USCIS interpret ‘risk’ and how should it? What are the practical implications?,” EB-5 Investor Magazine Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA, July 24, 2018
  • “2018 U.S. Immigration Law: Basics & Beyond,” NJICLE/NJSBA, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ, June 27, 2018
  • “U.S. Visa and Entry Process for Students and Scholars,” Pennsylvania Convention Center, PA, May 28, 2018
  • “Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Instructional Seminar,” Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, PA, April 13, 2018
  • “The Future of Immigration Law – How it Will Affect the Real Estate Industry,” Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS, PA, March 16, 2018
  • 2018 New York Asylum and Immigration Conference, New York Law School, NY, February 23, 2018
  • “Immigration Law and its Reach into Nearly Every Other Practice Area: What You Need to Know,” Bar Association of Lehigh County, PA, February 9, 2018
  • 2018 National Immigration Law Competition (ILC), New York University School of Law Moot Court Board, NYU, February 2, 2018
  • “Immigration Law and its Reach into Nearly Every Other Practice Area: What You Need to Know,” Lehigh County Paralegal Association, Bar Association of Lehigh County, Allentown, February 2, 2018
  • “Understanding Asylum and Refugee Law,” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education in cooperation with the NJSBA Immigration Law Section, Best Western Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, NJ, January 30, 2018
  • “Labor & Employment Year In Review,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, December 7, 2017
  • “Form I-9: Completing, Common Mistakes, Employer Compliance, and Increasing Fines and Enforcement,” Somerset County Business Partnership Human Resources Roundtable Group, November 15, 2017
  • “Employers Beware: ICE is Cracking Down on I-9 Compliance,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, October 20, 2017
  • “Employers Beware: ICE is Cracking Down on I-9 Compliance,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, September 22, 2017
  • “Immigration 101,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Allentown, PA, May 10, 2017
  • Asan v. United States of America, 907 F.Supp.2d 426 (S.D.N.Y. 2012)
  • Bautista v. Sabol, 862 F. Supp. 375 (M.D.P.A. 2012)
  • Bautista v. Attorney General, 744 F. 3d 54 (3d 2014)
  • Frias-Camilo v. Attorney General, No. 15-3773 (3d 2016)
  • Javier v. Attorney General, Nos. 15-2781 and 15-3068 (3d 2016)
  • Asan v. United States, No. 13-179 (2d Cir. 2014)
  • Matter of Bautista, 25 I&N 616 (BIA 2011)
  • Woods v. Sabol, No. 14-CV-998 (M.D.P.A. 2014)
  • Plamen Ivkov Ayvazov v. Attorney General of the United States, Nos.: 14-4151, 15-1658, 15-3069 (3d Cir. 2016)

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Raymond G. Lahoud has earned the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion award. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.

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