Brent Huddleston leads Haynes and Boone's Immigration Practice Group. He has extensive experience in employment based immigration law. Board-certified in immigration and nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he is skilled at handling complex immigration issues. Brent has represented Fortune 500 corporations in hiring, retaining and obtaining employment authorization for foreign nationals. He regularly counsels clients in establishing company policies regarding hiring procedures, I-9 compliance, employment of foreign nationals, and national origin discrimination issues. He provides employment-related immigration training to Human Resource professionals and legal staff for companies of all sizes. Brent represents clients in obtaining legal permanent resident status for top medical professionals, artists, athletes and entertainers through the Extraordinary Ability Employment Based (EB-1) category - and for foreign national investors through the EB-5 category.
Selected Publications and Speeches
- "Immigration Law and Employer Compliance" Lorman Education Services Seminar, 2007-2009, 2011.
- "Constructive Knowledge and Social Security No-Match Letters," State Bar of Texas Advanced Immigration Law Course, Houston, Texas, 2009.
- "Enforcement and Investigations After Wal-Mart," State Bar of Texas Immigration Law Institute, 2008.
- "Best Practices in the New Era of Immigration Worksite Enforcement," Texas Association of Business, 2007.
- Board certified in immigration and nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- Selected by attorney peers for inclusion as a Rising Star, Texas Monthly, 2009-2013
- State Bar of Texas
- Dallas Bar Association
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
11/14/2013 - A Cautionary Tale: Use of B-1 Business Visitor Visas by Employees
The B-1 temporary visa category is intended to allow foreign nationals to visit the U.S. for temporary business purposes that do not rise to the level of gainful employment. Given the relative ease of obtaining a B-1 visa compared to other visa categories, some U.S. employers have encouraged or assisted foreign nationals in using the B-1 visa category for activities beyond its intended purpose.
04/09/2013 - Immigration Law Update for Employers: New I-9 Form and I-94 Entry Procedures
Haynes and Boone, LLP’s Immigration Practice Group would like to inform employers of two recent immigration changes: (1)a revised Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification by employers; and (2)a new Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record procedure for foreign nationals upon entry to the United States.
02/06/2013 - H-1Bs for the 2014 Fiscal Year: Time is of the Essence
Haynes and Boone, LLP’s Immigration Practice Group reminds employers with a need for Cap-Subject H-1B petitions - those petitions that are subject to the annual numerical limit - that the filing window for Fiscal Year 2014 is about to open.
10/17/2012 - Play it Again, Sam: Renewal of E-Verify and the EB-5 Regional Center Program
With election fever in full swing, you might expect governing to take a back seat to politics. However, on September 28, 2012, President Obama signed Senate Bill 3245 into law. Senate Bill 3245 renews four U.S. Department of Homeland Security-administered programs, including E-Verify and the EB-5 Regional Center program.
08/14/2012 - Selected Business Visa Options for Spanish Nationals
This paper provides an overview of the United States Immigration System for Spanish nationals looking to move to the U.S. for employment.
02/27/2012 - H-1Bs for the 2013 Fiscal Year: "It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
Haynes and Boone, LLP’s Immigration Practice Group reminds employers with a need for H-1B petitions that are subject to the annual numerical limit (“Cap-Subject”) that the filing window for Fiscal Year 2013 (October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013) is about to open.
11/07/2011 - H-1Bs for the 2012 Fiscal Year: Tick-Tock, Time is Running Out
Haynes and Boone, LLP’s Immigration Practice Group reminds employers with a need for H-1B petitions that are subject to the annual numerical limit (“Cap-Subject”) that the annual cap for Financial Year 2012 is almost exhausted.