Charles H Kuck
Office:
365 Northridge Rd, Suite 300
30350
City:
Atlanta
State:
Georgia
Country:
USA
Tel:
+1 404 949 8154
Fax:
+1 404 949 8144

Questions and Answers:

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders: Corporate Immigration

Mr Kuck is the founder and managing partner of Kuck Immigration Partners LLC. He assists international immigrant investors, employers and employees with business/professional visas and litigates in Federal and Immigration Courts on various immigration issues. He lectures on immigration at a variety of forums, has testified in Congress on immigration issues, is frequently quoted in the national and local press, and appears as a guest/commentator on major broadcast and cable networks. Read more at www.immigration.net.

WHAT INITIALLY DREW YOU TO IMMIGRATION LAW? 

I was drawn to immigration law when I worked on a pro bono asylum case for a humble Guatemalan farmer seeking sanctuary as the victim of an unjust war in the late 1980s. 

DO THE SAME THINGS STILL MOTIVATE YOU AND ATTRACT YOU TO IT NOW?  

Every day, immigration lawyers make America. As a country we exist because of immigrants, not in spite of them. We are, as a country, the ultimate experiment in bringing people of diverse cultures together for a common purpose. Liberty and justice (and some mercy) for all, motivates me still.

WHAT HAS CHANGED IN US (AND WORLD) IMMIGRATION IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY? 

Trump has tried to use immigration as an issue to lift himself while demeaning the very same people he has used to make his fortune as a builder and developer. He has tried, through anti-immigrant advisers that surround him, to eliminate immigration to America. He bodes ill for the future, unless we are successful in stopping him legislatively and, more importantly, through the courts.

YOU TOLD US LAST YEAR THAT, “THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP, AND THE RHETORIC HE BRINGS WITH HIM, COULD CHANGE THE FACE OF US IMMIGRATION LAW FOR A GENERATION.” IS THAT STILL YOUR PREDICTION? 

It is exactly what is happening. The key immigration proposal he supports, the RAISE Act, will essentially eliminate legal immigration to the US. Not limit it, but, rather, eliminate it.

IN AN INCREASINGLY ON-DEMAND SOCIETY, WHAT CAN YOU DO AS AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER TO HELP CLIENTS NAVIGATE THE NOTORIOUSLY SLOW-MOVING US IMMIGRATION SYSTEM?

One unique aspect of our practice is litigation. Employers, investors and immigrants are becoming more comfortable with the idea of suing the USCIS in federal court. Clients have seen that there is no downside to forcing the USCIS to do its job the right way through judicial action. Another key part of our role is to prepare clients truthfully for what the system means for them. Truth is the great equaliser and is essential for proper decision making.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE CLIENTS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT US CORPORATE IMMIGRATION IN THE COMING YEARS? 

Fight. Meet with your senator and congressman. Demand that they oppose Trump’s plans to eliminate legal immigration. And, just as importantly, speak to the media. Educate your employees, your vendors and your customers of the need for a robust immigration system for a growing company and economy and the benefits of sharing and growing as a country with those new Americans.

HOW IS KUCK IMMIGRATION PARTNERS REACTING TO THE PRESENT CHALLENGES IN THE MARKET? 

We actively work with clients and friends to litigate key issues; speak out to the press and community about options on moving forward; provide educational materials, blogs and podcasts; and use Facebook Live and other media to educate and activate the very people who can make a difference in this battle.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE FIRM DEVELOP IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS? 

We continue to grow organically, adding three new attorneys and three new paralegals this year, along with the necessary support staff. We want to be part of our client’s business, investments and lives. We find that as we give the exceptional service and attention to each client, we are blessed with their confidence and their referral of friends and colleagues.

WHAT, IF ANYTHING, DO YOU STILL WANT TO ACHIEVE IN YOUR LEGAL CAREER? 

Am I that old already? There is much good to be done. The “power” of being an attorney is the power to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. This is not always the downtrodden and weak – many times it is simply those who don’t know they need a voice and those who feel they cannot speak out for fear of retaliation. I want to continue to be that voice, that fighter, that friend. 

Biography:

Who's Who Legal Corporate Immigration

Mr Kuck received his BA degree from Brigham Young University in 1986. He earned his JD degree, cum laude, from Arizona State University Law School in 1989. He is admitted to practise law in Georgia, Arizona and Washington, DC. He has been admitted to the Bar of the US Supreme Court, nine Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, and numerous Federal District Courts.

Mr Kuck is the founder and managing partner of Kuck Immigration Partners LLC and oversees its worldwide immigration practice. Mr Kuck assists international immigrant investors, employers and employees with business and professional visas, labour certifications, immigrant visas, consular representation, and citizenship matters. Mr Kuck also maintains an active federal court practice focusing on immigration issues. He has represented asylum seekers and others in more than 700 trials before the immigration courts.

Mr Kuck’s clients include technology firms, manufacturers, multinational corporations, individual EB-5 investors and entrepreneurs, as well as families, individual immigrants and asylum seekers. He maintains a robust and rewarding pro bono practice, and has been an adjunct Professor of Law at Emory University and the University of Georgia for the last 17 years. 

In 2017, Mr Kuck was named as one of the top five most highly regarded corporate immigration lawyers in the world by Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration Lawyers; as one of the top five names in immigration by Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders; and as one of Georgia’s Legal Elite. Mr Kuck has again been named by Atlanta Magazine as a Georgia Super Lawyer in the field of Immigration Law for 2017. 

Mr Kuck is listed in Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration AttorneysChambers USA, Chambers Global and The Best Lawyers in America. He is the voice of the most-listened-to podcast on immigration in the United States (“The Immigration Hour”).  His blog provides insightful analysis of cutting-edge immigration and political topics relating to our broken immigration system. (www.musingsonimmigration.blogspot.com). Mr Kuck has written numerous law review articles and op-eds on various US immigration law subjects, and has spoken at hundreds of legal, industry, business, and civic organisations on a broad range of immigration topics. Mr Kuck was part of the group of attorneys that stopped a key provision of Georgia’s HB-87 anti-immigration law, and is currently representing DACA recipients seeking to pay in-state tuition to attend Georgia Colleges and Universities. 

Mr Kuck is a former national president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is a founding member and former president of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL). He currently serves as co-chair of the City of Atlanta’s Welcoming America commission, and as a board member of the Georgia Restaurant Association. He was recently selected as the principal immigration attorney for the Andean Parliament, and gives frequent free community forums to churches, schools and community groups, educating immigrants on their rights and opportunities in the United States.

Mr Kuck has testified in Congress on immigration issues, is frequently quoted in the press, and has appeared on broadcast stations such as CBS, NBC, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Univision, Telemundo, Democracy Now, CNBC, National Public Radio, as well as in and written publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The National Journal, The Miami Herald and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, among others. 

WWL says: Charles Kuck is “a very bright and dedicated” practitioner who is held to be “one of the best” for large-scale corporate immigration issues.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration which can be purchased from our Shop.

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