J. Mike Sevilla

J. Mike Sevilla



Mike helps clients effectively and seamlessly hire foreign workers to remain competitive in a global market. He has significant experience guiding clients through the complex maze of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters for their employees.

Mike also has several years of experience reviewing and analyzing the Department of Labor's complex regulations in the context of labor certification to implement effective PERM strategies. He works effectively with clients to understand their objectives and achieve goals for individual employees. He establishes valuable partnerships with his clients by navigating complex legal issues and shaping creative strategies to accomplish client objectives.

Further, Mike has extensive experience with a wide variety of visa classifications and nearly all aspects of permanent residence applications. This broad range of experience is essential to developing creative solutions for clients as well as handling a large volume practice.

Each client has a different set of needs which require Mike to customize how he approaches their immigration program specifically. Mike leverages technology to streamline every step of the immigration process for his clients and their employees. This enables clients to handle a large volume of immigration matters while feeling in control of the entire scope of the immigration program.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, trying new recipes, and watching basketball.

Education & Admissions

Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 2014)

Azusa Pacific University (Political Science, 2011)


  • Minnesota
  • New York


  • Spanish


Representative Experience

  • Worked with large multi-national company to secure blanket L petition in order to transfer hundreds of foreign employees
  • Worked with client to train internal stakeholders without immigration experience on the ins and outs of client’s immigration program
  • Integrated new technology to create efficient internal and external immigration systems that resulted in highly efficient scalable immigration programs
  • Worked closely with a small Spanish company to prepare nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions for its employees while navigating the ever-changing immigration landscape due to COVID-19 changes
  • Prepared dozens of PERM labor certification applications for Fortune 100 company
  • Represented a small Minnesota company with offices in Silicon Valley in its pursuit of PERM labor certification for its tech workers
  • Worked with a team to transfer over seventy H-1B hires for a Fortune 100 company
  • Developed and updated systems to effectively prepare a large volume of adjustment of status applications for several clients
  • Assisted a variety of creative professionals obtain visas for artists of extraordinary ability including, a fashion designer, Grammy Award winning musician, tattoo artist, experiential designer, character actor, and more

News & Resources

Select Presentations

  • Navigating Equal Pay Transparency Laws in PERM Practice, AILA Minnesota Dakotas Chapter CLE Presentation, December 7, 2023
  • Immigrants of Extraordinary Ability, 2021 AILA Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 14, 2021
  • Employment-based Permanent Residency / Immigrant Options, 2019 AILA Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference, Minneapolis, MN, March 15, 2019

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Employment Based Track Manager, 2024 AILA MNDAK / Advocates Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference
  • Advisory Committee, 2024 AILA MNDAK / Advocates Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity – Pathfinder Program (2021)
  • American Immigration Lawyer’s Association – Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter
    • CLE Committee (2021-Present)
    • Member since 2016
  • American Immigration Lawyer’s Association – New York Chapter
    • CLE Committee (2014-2016)
    • Member from 2014 to 2016
  • Brooklyn Law School Mentor Program
    • Mentor since 2023
  • Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES) – Youth in Action Program (YA!)
    • Mentor since 2020
  • Brooklyn Law Immigration Society
    • Executive Board Delegate, 2012-2013
    • Communications Director, 2013-2014
  • Articles Editor, Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law
J. Mike Sevilla