Paul Parsons has practiced immigration law in Austin since 1978.
The Austin immigration law offices of Paul Parsons provide representation for seeking many U.S. nonimmigrant visas (such as H1, K1, K3, L1, E2, V and TN), immigrant status for permanent residence (green card), work permits ("EAD"), labor certifications (PERM), employment petitions, family petitions, corporate immigration, travel permits ("advance parole"), and U.S. citizenship through naturalization.
Our firm specializes on immigration legal representation for individuals as well as for small, medium and Fortune 500 companies including but not limited to the following industries: education, information technology, nano-technology, pharmaceuticals, oil & gas, staffing, religious, security, & telecom. For over 30 years, we are proud to have represented clients from around the world including Mexico, India, China, Canada, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Iran, France, Germany, Pakistan, Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Morocco, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and many other countries.
Paul Parsons has practiced immigration law in Austin since 1978. He has been assigned Martindale Hubbell's highest "AV" rating for lawyers. Mr. Parsons has received the highest Avvo rating as a "Superb" lawyer. Languages: English and Spanish.
704 Rio Grande
Austin TX 78701
U.S. Immigration Laws
The threat of terrorism triggered Congressional and administrative actions that have dramatically changed United States immigration laws. The most significant change arose from the Homeland Security Act of 2002 that transferred immigration enforcement and adjudication services functions from the now defunct Immigration & Naturalization Service into the Department of Homeland Security. Security and enforcement concerns have taken priority over timely adjudications of applications for immigration status submitted by employers for foreign national employees as well as by U.S. citizens for their relatives. Immigration laws are constantly changing.
This is a heavily regulated field with laws intended both to protect the United States workforce and to unify families. Congress must juggle competing interests in determining immigration policy: employers want to be able to hire skilled foreign labor, while labor unions and professional societies want to improve wages and working conditions for employees; immigrant families want to bring their relatives to the U.S., while the quota system lags ever farther behind; a global economy demands decreasing barriers, while an influx of unlawful immigration and the threat of terrorism results in tightening controls. The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) concentrates on the intent of the individual: Is he/she an intending immigrant or nonimmigrant? The wrong answer might result in a return trip to the home country. Nonimmigrant status is temporary: one may only remain in the U.S. for a limited period of time. Immigrant status, commonly called "green card" status, signifies that a person has been granted permanent resident status and may reside in the U.S. indefinitely. These government websites provide useful information about immigration laws: www.uscis.gov (U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services) (U.S. Department of Labor) (U.S. Department of State) (Texas Workforce Commission)
PAUL PARSONS, born Bartlesville, Oklahoma admitted to bar, Texas, 1978; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1981; U.S. Supreme Court, 1982.
Mr. Parsons has practiced immigration law in Austin since 1978.
Mr. Parsons received a B.A. in Political Science in 1973 from Oklahoma State University and a juris doctorate degree in 1977 from the University of Texas School of Law. He was appointed in 1992 by Governor Ann Richards as Chairman of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Immigration. Mr. Parsons is the first recipient of the Sam Williamson Memorial Award "for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law."
Mr. Parsons served as a Director on the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) from 1990-1996 and is the former Chairman of the Texas-Oklahoma-New Mexico Chapter. He was awarded the AILA Texas Chapter's Service Award in 1990 "for his contributions to the practice of immigration law" and the National AILA Pro Bono Award for his efforts to provide pro bono immigration representation.
Mr. Parsons previously served as Chairman of AILA's Committee on Consumer Protection. He served for fifteen years as the Chairman of the State Bar of Texas' Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration (1990-2005). He previously was a member of the American Bar Association's Committee on Immigration Law. Mr. Parsons served as Chairman of the Examinations Committee on Immigration for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization from 1986-1995. He is a life fellow member of the Texas Bar Foundation. Mr. Parsons also served as President of the Austin Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is an Attorney Consultant to the Government of Mexico.
Mr. Parsons is fluent in Spanish and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White). He has been voted as a "Texas Super Lawyer" from 2002 to present. Mr. Parsons served as President of the Austin Kiwanis from 1999-2000. He has been recognized with Martindale Hubbell's highest "AV" rating and he has received the highest Avvo rating as a "Superb" lawyer. Mr. Parsons has also been recognized in The International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers.
University of Texas School of Law