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Loren C. Locke

Loren C. Locke

Senior Associate / Atlanta

Loren Locke focuses her practice on the representation of employers and employees in issues related to business immigration.

She works directly with both individual foreign nationals and their employers to help them obtain a variety of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas and to achieve lawful permanent residence in the U.S.

Loren also advises on consular practice and responds to Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny or Revoke. She has assisted clients in the full cycle of PERM including developing labor certification application case strategy, responding to audits, and requesting reconsideration in case of denial. Additionally, Loren has deep substantive knowledge and experience in handling O-1 petitions for aliens with extraordinary ability, as well as EB-1 petitions for aliens of extraordinary ability, outstanding researchers, and multinational executives and managers.

Prior to joining FordHarrison, Loren was an attorney in the business immigration practice of a large full service international law firm. Prior to that, she worked as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. State Department. She served for two years as a consular officer in the U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. There, she adjudicated some 12,000 non-immigrant visas of all types, and adjudicated dozens of U.S. citizenship claims. While still a law student, Loren worked as a judicial clerk for Judge Raymond W. Gruender of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and as a legal intern for the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago.

Loren represents indigent victims of crime referred by GAIN, the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network.

Representative Experience
  • Represented start-ups and entrepreneurs in setting up and hiring specialized workers from overseas for high-tech businesses in the U.S. 
  • Secured O-1 visas for industry leaders in science, fashion, construction and real estate, mining, financial services, and other fields.
  • Created comprehensive immigration sponsorship policies for client companies.
  • Corrected errors of previous filings and salvaged applications and petitions under threat of denial or formally denied by the Department of Labor and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. 
  • Developed strategic plans to assist foreign companies in launching U.S. operations and transferring key executive, managerial, and specialized staff to the U.S. under the L and E visa programs.
  • Assisted clients with complex consular processing issues including seeking nonimmigrant visa waivers and resolving 221(g) denials and administrative processing delays.
Honors & Awards
  • Named "Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year" by the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN).
Languages
  • Spanish (fluent)
  • French (fluent)