The saying “nothing is permanent” not only applies to life in general, but also to things many people think are truly permanent – like lawful permanent residency status, commonly called “green card” status. Unfortunately, it often surprises some (and usually under less-than-ideal circumstances) that the permanent resident status that they thought they could never lose and worked so hard to obtain can, in fact, be lost either through their actions, or in many cases, inactions.
Benjamin Kurten is the chair of Reinhart’s Immigration Law Group and a shareholder in the firm’s Labor and Employment and International practices. His broad experience and ability to connect relationally with clients make him especially effective at seeing possibilities. Because immigration laws and procedures are unique, complex and constantly evolving, Ben helps employers stay abreast of developments to ensure they remain in full compliance.
He advises large multinational corporations, small private companies and individual investors on transferring international personnel, hiring foreign-born talent with hard-to-find skill sets and establishing new investment enterprises or branch operations. Ben helps clients understand how immigration issues impact their business operations, including restructuring plans, hiring decisions and long-term growth. His deep experience enables him to offer proactive legal advice that anticipates potential problems and helps resolve them before they become issues.
He works with a range of industries including manufacturing, health care, research, financial services, technology, education, entertainment, professional sports, consumer goods and agriculture. Ben collaborates across practice areas, managing the full spectrum of immigration issues by leveraging counsel available from the firm’s labor and employment, employee benefits, international and domestic tax and business organization attorneys to ensure clients can capitalize on all opportunities. His experience also includes assisting individuals with bringing family members into the Unites States through the immigration process to obtain U.S. citizenship.
Ben has successfully argued cases before the Executive Office of Immigration Review, the Board of Immigrations Appeals and the Administrative Appeals Office, and he frequently speaks on immigration topics.
Clients appreciate Ben’s creative solutions as well as his sense of humor. He remains confident in his decision to abandon Marine Science and pursue a law degree as dolphins have very sharp teeth and bite frequently—a work hazard he does not face as a lawyer.
Away from the office, he enjoys his involvement with Boy Scouts of America, hunting and fishing, and working with Congress and advocacy groups to spark change in immigration policies.
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