Xavier Francis is an Associate Attorney in the Tysons, Virginia office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. He advises corporate clients on U.S. immigration and nationality law, policy, and regulatory compliance. Specializing in employment-based immigration, his practice focus includes PERM (Labor Certification),  nonimmigrant visas, immigrant visas, and adjustment of status applications before the Department of Labor, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and the Department of State.

Prior to joining Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, Xavier worked for a prominent corporate immigration firm in the Washington D.C. metro area where he practiced a broad range of U.S. and Global immigration law. He has consulted Fortune 500 clients in the financial services, healthcare, and information technology industries on best practices and strategies for developing and executing robust global mobility programs for their workforce. He also has significant experience with business visitor, work permit, and resident permit requirements in multiple jurisdictions including Singapore, Canada, China, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Xavier has been invited to conferences and podcasts to discuss matters involving U.S. immigration law. He has also delivered guest lectures on U.S. immigration law at his alma mater, The George Washington University Law School. He has written about complex legal issues arising in U.S. immigration law, policy, and regulatory compliance – some of his work is published in journals such Law360 and Bloomberg.

Xavier volunteers pro bono at non-profit services and advocacy organization, CASA de Maryland, Inc. where he consults low-income immigrants on their eligibility for U.S. Citizenship. He has also participated in workshops at his alma mater where he consulted F-1 (Student) nonimmigrant visa holders on strategies for seeking employment or starting their own business in the U.S.

Education & Admissions

The George Washington University Law School, Juris Doctorate (2017)
Fairfield University, Bachelor of Arts (2014)
Admitted to: District of Columbia Bar

Professional Accomplishments

H-1B Employer Hurdles When Sponsoring MBA Graduates, Bloomberg Law Professional Perspective (Dec. 2019)
Speaker, Global China Connection “Tightened US Visa Policy: Chinese Non-Immigrants and Immigrants,” Washington, DC (Nov. 2019)
Employer Visa Challenges Inspire Forward-Thinking Bill, Law360 Expert Analysis (May 30, 2019)
Will Congress Tackle Immigration Reform, BAL Perspectives (Apr. 25, 2019)
5 Immigration Changes to Follow to in 2019, LinkedIn (Jan. 2019)
Potential Pitfalls of Hiring without Degree Requirements, Law360 Expert Analysis (Nov. 2018)
USCIS Delivers One-Two Punch With New Policy Guidance, Bloomberg BNA (July 2018)
Common Challenges Associated with B-1 Visa Compliance, Law360 Expert Analysis (May. 2018)
F-1 Visa Holders Changing to H-1B Face New Risks, Law360 Expert Analysis (May. 2018)