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J. Jay Strimel

Senior Counsel

Houston
Direct: (713) 238-1824
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Jay Strimel is a Senior Counsel in the Labor & Employment Department in the Firm’s Houston office. Mr. Strimel's career has been primarily in employment-based immigration law, representing international companies in developing global mobility policies, obtaining necessary work authorization and visas and permanent resident status for employees, advising and instructing on employer immigration compliance issues, assisting employers in obtaining necessary US Coast Guard exemptions for work in Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) waters, securing necessary work visas to allow professional athletes to train and compete in the United States, and providing representation of employers in government investigations and audits.  He represents a variety of multinational corporate clients, many in the oilfield services industry, as well as technology, shipping, construction and also educational institutions including universities as well as primary and secondary schools.

Mr. Strimel has represented employers in obtaining U.S. Department of Labor approval of applications for alien employment certification (PERM) and has significant experience with a full range of employment-based immigrant visa strategies, including demonstrations of extraordinary ability.  He has represented foreign nationals during their adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence and has counseled foreign nationals seeking consular processing of employment-based visas abroad.

Mr. Strimel is well-versed in issues arising from federal government audits of employers’ workplace immigration compliance and also addressing OCS violations.  Mr. Strimel has experience in organizing and performing I-9 and Public Access File audits and has developed training materials for client corporations on how to properly prepare and maintain immigration and employment compliance-related document files.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Strimel  worked for 14 years in the aerospace industry at Kennedy Space Center in planning, scheduling, and project management for the Ground Communication and Launch Processing System areas of the Space Shuttle Program.

Jay Strimel is a Senior Counsel in the Labor & Employment Department in the Firm’s Houston office. Mr. Strimel's career has been primarily in employment-based immigration law, representing international companies in developing global mobility policies, obtaining necessary work authorization and visas and permanent resident status for employees, advising and instructing on employer immigration compliance issues, assisting employers in obtaining necessary US Coast Guard exemptions for work in Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) waters, securing necessary work visas to allow professional athletes to train and compete in the United States, and providing representation of employers in government investigations and audits.  He represents a variety of multinational corporate clients, many in the oilfield services industry, as well as technology, shipping, construction and also educational institutions including universities as well as primary and secondary schools.

Mr. Strimel has represented employers in obtaining U.S. Department of Labor approval of applications for alien employment certification (PERM) and has significant experience with a full range of employment-based immigrant visa strategies, including demonstrations of extraordinary ability.  He has represented foreign nationals during their adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence and has counseled foreign nationals seeking consular processing of employment-based visas abroad.

Mr. Strimel is well-versed in issues arising from federal government audits of employers’ workplace immigration compliance and also addressing OCS violations.  Mr. Strimel has experience in organizing and performing I-9 and Public Access File audits and has developed training materials for client corporations on how to properly prepare and maintain immigration and employment compliance-related document files.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Strimel  worked for 14 years in the aerospace industry at Kennedy Space Center in planning, scheduling, and project management for the Ground Communication and Launch Processing System areas of the Space Shuttle Program.

Education

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law (1996)
    Assistant Articles Editor, South Texas Law Review
    Order of the Lytae

  • M.S., Florida Institute of Technology (1991)

  • B.A., Malone College (1979)

Admissions

  • Texas

Affiliations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association (International Law Section)

Presentations

  • 2017 Course Director, State Bar of Teas, Advanced Immigration Law Course, Houston, Texas (February 2017)
  • Speaker, “Client Telephone Interview (Business),” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Immigration Law Course, Houston, Texas (February 2017) 
  • Speaker, “What Every F-1 Student Needs to Know About U.S. Immigration,” Foreign National Students, Texas Southern University (March 2, 2016)
  • Speaker, “Strategies for Business Immigration,” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Immigration Law Course, Houston, Texas (February 2016)
  • Speaker, “ICE Raids and Advising your Corporate Clients,” AILA Texas Chapter Spring Conference 2015, Santa Fe, New Mexico (April 2015)
  • Speaker, “Requests For Evidence and How to Respond to Them,” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Immigration Law Course, Houston, Texas (February 2014)
  • Speaker, “Advanced Issues in Employment Based Immigrant Visas,” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Immigration Law Course, Houston, Texas (February 2013)
  • Speaker, “Anchors Aweigh!! Traveling While a Petition or Application is Pending,” 2010 AILA Annual Conference, National Harbor, Maryland (July 2010)
  • Speaker,  “Travel Issues for Non-U.S. Citizens,” 33rd Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law, University of Texas at Austin School of Law (October 2009)

Publications

  • Co-Author, “Anchors Aweigh? Traveling While a Petition or Application is Pending,” Immigration Practice Pointers: Tips for Handling Complex Cases, pages 481-490, AILA (2010)
  • “Regarding Student Visas: Your District’s Role and Responsibilities, Part Two,” Texas Lane Star, Vol. 23, No. 2 (March 2005)
  • Co-Author, “Immigration Obligations: Your District’s Responsibilities Vary Little Regarding Foreign Students,” Texas Lone Star, Vol. 23, No. 1 (January/February 2005)
  • Joint Custody Presumption comes to Texas.  What does it Mean?  A Preview Based on Case Law from other States, in STATE BAR OF TEXAS, TEXAS FAMILY LAW SECTION REPORTER 13, vol. 1996-1 Winter (1996) (with Harry L. Tindall)
  • Discovery Sanctions, STATE BAR OF TEXAS, 2 ADV. FAM. L. COURSE GG (1995) (with Harry L. Tindall)

Accolades

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Immigration Law (2013-2017)