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Christopher R. Thorn

Christopher R. Thorn


Immigration Practice Group Leader

Pittsburgh, PA
Philadelphia, PA

How Chris Helps Clients

For more than 16 years, Chris has been helping companies win the race to attract and retain top global talent by guiding them through complex and ever-changing U.S. immigration processes.

Chris recognizes that every company’s immigration needs are unique and he immerses himself in his clients’ business, their operations and culture. He works closely to understand how immigration fits within his clients’ overall business strategy and to learn more about the immigration challenges they face. Once he has a clear understanding of a clients’ goals and needs, he is able to provide a customized, streamlined and cost-effective immigration solution that leverages best-in-class technology – an important aspect in today’s interconnected world.

As companies across a wide variety of industries such as healthcare, life sciences, engineering, telecommunications and higher education build the workforce of the future, they turn to Chris for assistance with the following: temporary B-1 (business visitor), E (investors/traders), H-1B (professionals), L-1 (intra-company transferees), O (extraordinary) and TN (NAFTA) visas; permanent labor certification, both traditional and “special handling” for college or university teachers: extraordinary, outstanding researcher/professor and national interest waiver immigrant visa petitions; overseas consular processing of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions; adjustment of status and U.S. citizenship; counseling on I-9 compliance, Social Security no-match and E-Verify issues.

Chris is the Chair of the firm's Immigration practice group.

What Clients Can Expect

Chris’s clients can count on him to be accessible and responsive – communicating at every step and providing a personal, efficient and consistent service. As clients have different degrees of knowledge about the immigration process, Chris ensures they understand what is happening and why it is happening. He strives to be an extension of his clients’ internal team and proactively addresses their needs by providing regular updates on changes in law, policy or procedure that affect business-related immigration.