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Dorothy Hanigan Basmaji

Partner, Detroit
Detroit
t: 248.540.7556
f: 248.540.8059

Overview

Dorothy Basmaji's practice focuses on immigration matters. She has extensive experience in seeking internal transfers for corporate employees from other countries, as well as representing corporations seeking external hires. Dorothy also advises executives and other business professionals regarding complex immigration regulations. She has significant experience in representing clients seeking permanent resident status on the basis of their employment or their relationship to a United States citizen or permanent resident. She also counsels employers on I-9 compliance and IRCA discrimination issues.

Dorothy represents clients before the Department of Labor and its state agencies in labor certification proceedings and matters relating to obtaining nonimmigrant status for physicians, nurses, and other professionals.  She has extensive experience in effectuating the entry of business persons under the North American Free Trade Agreement.  Dorothy frequently represents clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in Michigan and other states for adjustment-of-status interviews and United States Customs and Border Protection at ports-of-entry on matters relating to inspection and other entry issues.  She spends a significant amount of time advising and assisting clients in obtaining visas at consulates abroad.

Before entering private practice Dorothy was a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph B. Sullivan of the Michigan Court of Appeals. She is also a registered nurse in the State of Michigan and was an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Wayne State University.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2006 – 2021)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2017 Troy Immigration "Lawyer of the Year"
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2014 Detroit Immigration “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Leading Lawyers for Immigration Law: Employment (since 2014) – also served on Advisory Board in 2014
  • Best of U.S.’s Best of Class: Lawyers, Immigration
  • Best Attorneys in Michigan
  • Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, dbusiness Top Lawyers as published in dbusiness magazine
  • Top Lawyers as published in Crain’s Detroit Business and The New York Times
  • Top Women Attorneys in Michigan
  • International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers: Immigration
  • International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers
  • Michigan Super Lawyers (since 2006)
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, The Top 50 Women (2015)
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, The Top 25 Women Business (2015)
  • Michigan Super Lawyers: “The Top 25 Women Consumer” as published in HOUR DETROIT Magazine (2013)
  • Who’s Who Legal USA
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Evidence

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Michigan, International Law Section, Immigration Law Committee
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
    • Past Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and Treasurer for the Michigan Chapter
    • Professional Ethics and Grievance Committee Member for the Michigan Chapter
    • Current Chairperson of the United States Customs and Border Protection Liaison Committee for the Michigan Chapter
    • Past Chairperson of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Liaison Committee for the Michigan Chapter 
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph B. Sullivan, Michigan Court of Appeals, 1986-1988
  • Research Attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals, 1986-1987
  • Assistant Professor of Nursing, Wayne State University
  • Licensed Registered Nurse, State of Michigan, 1966

Community Activities

Bosnian Pro Bono Asylum Project sponsored by the Bosnian Relief Committee and the Archdiocese of Detroit Office of Migration (Program Mentor)

Insights

News

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Panel Speaker, “The Face of Immigration Under a New Administration: Policy & Practice,” State Bar of Michigan International Law Section, Annual Meeting, Detroit, Michigan (2017)
  • Participant on Money-For-Lunch Radio Talk Show
  • Multiple appearances on television program, “Due Process”
  • “How Michigan Businesses Can Successfully Hire and Retain Foreign Employees,” International Law Section, State Bar of Michigan
  • “Immigration in America: New Century; New Congress; New Challenges,” 32nd Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, April 12, 2007-April 13, 2007
  • “Immigration Law Symposium,” sponsored by The Michigan Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, November 6, 2006
  • “Non Employment Based Immigrant Visas,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference on Immigration Law, June 21, 2006-June 24, 2006
  • “Immigration Law,” The Legal Assistant Section of the Macomb County Bar Association, February 10, 2003
  • “Advanced Immigration Law,” The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, October 8, 2002
  • “Providing Competent Health Care in a Multi-Cultural World,” The School of International Protocol, March 12, 2001
  • “Basic Business Immigration Law for Michigan Employers,” National Business Institute, 1999
  • “Immigration Law for Employers,” The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, November 20, 1998
  • “Immigration,” featured speaker, Wayne State University Law School, November 4, 1997
  • “Employment Eligibility Verification System – An Employer’s Obligation,” State Bar of Michigan, International Law Section, September 21, 1995
  • “Going International: New Developments in U.S. Immigration Law,” symposium, International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, February 10, 1994
  • “Immigration Law,” National Association of Legal Secretaries, May 6, 1993
  • “Preparing Documentation for Admission: Nonimmigrants and Immigrants,” seminar sponsored by The Immigration Committee of International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, 1993
  • “Employment Sponsored Immigrant Visas,” Archdiocese of Detroit Practice Workshop, September 10, 1992
  • Participation in Human Resources Legal Forum, Human Resources Association of Greater Detroit

Articles

  • Co-Author, "Building Walls in More Ways Than One -- The Face of Business Immigration Under the Trump Administration," Michigan Bar Journal, February 2018
  • Author, “How Michigan Businesses Can Successfully Hire and Retain Foreign Employees,” Michigan International Lawyer, Fall 1998
  • Co-Author, “Immigration Reform Legislation: The Business Effects,” Laches, May 1997
  • Author, “Department of Labor Proposes Changes to Labor Condition Application for H-1B Visas Creating New Concerns,” Michigan International Lawyer, Spring 1994
  • Author, “People v. Worrell: Equal Protection Under the Assault Laws, Regardless of Age,” Detroit College of Law Review, 81, 1985

Education

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