Trow & Rahal, P.C.

When it comes to navigating the complex world of immigration law, you want to get it right the first time. Whether the goal is to obtain a work visa, green card, or full U.S. citizenship — you need an expert who understands the complexities of the law.

At Trow & Rahal, P.C., attorneys Cynthia Hemphill, Linda Rahal, and Steve Trow have helped clients with their immigration issues since 1993. They stay on top of rapidly changing regulations, steer around the roadblocks in the system, and craft a customized solution to help you receive the benefits you require.

Recognized as leading business immigration attorneys, Trow & Rahal’s reputation for high ethical standards has earned them recognition in Best Lawyers in America and Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

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E-NEWSLETTER: January News From Trow & Rahal, P.C. — New Questions to Answer on Revised Form I-129

Happy New Year! In this issue of our newsletter, we usher in 2011 with a feature article on page 2 by Trow & Rahal founder Linda Rahal, who encourages readers to Consider These New Questions Employers Must Answer on Revised Form I-129. This valuable guide will help employers seeking nonimmigrant visa status for foreign national employees.

In our Immigration Update on page 3, you’ll learn more about the Delayed Implementation of Deemed Export Requirement in Revised I-129 Petition. We also share details about the H-1B Cap, which is close to being reached.


E-NEWSLETTER: December News from Trow & Rahal, P.C. — Immigration Attorney Laurie Volk Takes Us Inside the Equine Industry

As 2010 comes to a close, we reflect on the interesting work we’ve done this year – as well as changes in the immigration law that have made an impact on our clients.

In this month’s Immigration Update, for instance, you’ll find that USCIS has issued a new version of the Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker (Form I-129), which pertains to employers seeking nonimmigrant visa status for foreign national employees. There are significant changes, so be sure to review the information on page 3 of this newsletter.

On page 2, you’ll find an article about our Of Counsel attorney, Laurie Volk. An accomplished attorney and equestrian, she combines her skills as an immigration lawyer with her passion for the horse world. We think you’ll be as impressed by her interesting work as we are.


E-NEWSLETTER: Trow & Rahal November Update

“Imagine that your foreign-born client has been an American citizen since birth — but does not know it,” writes attorney Steve Trow in this month’s issue of our newsletter. “Perhaps the client tells you one of his parents was American, but he is not. Or he used to be an American citizen, but he lost that citizenship when he became a citizen of another country.” While your client may be certain he is right, Trow suggests that he or she could be wrong. Click here to learn more about The Accidental American Citizen.


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Employers have turned to this mid-sized DC law firm since 1993 for advice on immigration policies and strategies, compliance issues, and to obtain visas and green cards for executives and employees.

The firm also has niche practice areas including obtaining visas for foreign athletes, developed by Linda Rahal, a triathlete who applies the same winning strategies to her clients as she does to her races.

Cynthia Hemphill assists performing artists and the entertainment industry with their immigration needs, and collaborates with Laurie Volk to provide visa services to the equine community.

Steve Trow heads the EB-5 investor green card practice and focuses on immigration solutions for high net worth clients. He works with tax attorneys and financial advisors to develop tax-efficient immigration and citizenship solutions, both inbound into the U.S. and outbound when clients choose to terminate their U.S. status. Steve speaks regularly at conferences for tax and financial advisors worldwide, including the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

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E-NEWSLETTER: October News From Trow & Rahal, P.C. — Inside the immigrant visa allocation system

Change is in the air this October.

Click inside to page 2 to find a feature article about the immigrant visa allocation system. We’ll tell you about the September 22, 2010, meeting where Charles Oppenheim explained the process used to assign priority dates and provided background in the applicable law. We’ll also share his predictions about the progression of visa numbers over the next few months. Oppenheim is Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division of the Visa Office at the U.S. Department of State (DOS).

On page 3, you’ll find our Immigration Updates, where among other changes, you’ll learn that the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) has changed its filing fees and extended the validity period of advance parole.

All of us at Trow & Rahal are available to help with your immigration-related needs. Don’t hesitate to call for more information: 202-537-4830. —


E-NEWSLETTER: September News from Trow & Rahal

This month, Steve Trow traveled to Switzerland to speak at the Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland Conference in Geneva (on Sept. 8) and in Zurich (on Sept. 9). The topic of the conference was “FATCA: first set of guidance for implementation.”

He addressed U.S. immigration rules that determine whether an individual is a U.S. citizen or has U.S. permanent resident (green card) status. This is not always clear, as a person may be unaware that he is a U.S. citizen or may mistakenly think that he has lost U.S. citizenship by acquiring another nationality or lost permanent resident status by residing abroad. Click here to view the agenda for the conference.

Steve’s next speaking engagement is October 26: He will travel to Calgary to conduct a four-hour presentation for Moodys Tax Seminars. The topic is “U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Planning for High Net Worth Clients.” Learn more about that here.

In this issue: You’ll learn about the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, which allows foreign investors and their families to obtain U.S. permanent resident status (green cards) to reside permanently in the United States. Read all about that by clicking inside. Don’t miss the insights we share in our immigration news briefs. Specifically, take a look at the higher filing fees that will be required for companies with a large H-1B/L-1 workforce.


IN THE NEWS: Best Lawyers 2010: U.S. News & World Report Lists Trow & Rahal, P.C.

October 1, 2010, US News & World Report — Hot off the presses is the 2010 Best Lawyers issue of US News & World Report, which lists Trow & Rahal as one of the top immigration law firms in the country.

“Guiding the firm with their winning attitudes and capabilities, Steve Trow and Linda Rahal have a solid reputation within the legal community.” Click here to read the entire article.

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IN THE NEWS: Immigration Attorney Steve Trow is quoted in Legal Bisnow's "Sound Bites"

July 28, 2010, Legal Bisnow — Immigration attorney Steve Trow, CEO and co-owner of the DC law firm Trow & Rahal, was quoted in the “Sound Bites” column of the July 28 issue of Legal Bisnow.

Sponsored by Hellerman Baretz Communications, Steve and three other attorneys were asked: What are your thoughts about the DOJ’s lawsuit this month challenging Arizona’s immigration law?

Steve said: “Congress dropped the ball on immigration reform, but that doesn’t give Arizona the right to run onto the field and pick it up. DOJ needs to get Arizona off the field, then Congress needs to fix our broken immigration system.”

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E-NEWSLETTER: July Trow & Rahal — Attorney Cynthia Hemphill Outlines Issues and Tactics in Obtaining U.S. Visas for Performing Artists

As we sweat our way through the heat of July here in Washington, DC, we are reminded of the performing artists who all too often sweat their way through the immigration process.

In this issue of our newsletter: You’ll find insights and guidance from Trow & Rahal attorney and shareholder Cynthia Hemphill about how performing artists and organizations can minimize their chances of a denial and/or inherent delays if the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues a request for evidence.

Also in this issue: You’ll find an interview by Attorney Linda Rahal with Human Resources expert Sharon Armstrong, author of The Essential Performance Review Handbook. And don’t miss this month’s Immigration Update, which shares details about the forward movement in the availability of immigrant visa numbers and future projections, cut-off dates, best hiring practices set forth by the Department of Homeland Security, and more.

We appreciate your comments and feedback. We are looking forward to helping you with all of your immigration-related needs.

With warm regards from all of us at Trow & Rahal,

Steve Trow, Attorney / Owner / Founder,
Linda Rahal, Attorney / Owner / Founder,
Cynthia Hemphill, Attorney / Owner,


E-NEWSLETTER: June News from immigration attorneys Trow & Rahal

Welcome to our newly designed monthly newsletter. Our aim is to provide you with more in-depth articles on hot topics in immigration law.

What you’ll find below: Scroll down to find two feature articles — one by Steve Trow, who offers insightful information on the intersection of immigration and tax planning for high net worth clients; the other, by Linda Rahal, who delves into the controversial Arizona immigration law. As always, we continue to provide you with important Immigration Updates on the law each month (see the column to the right for that information).

About our new website: We are also excited to announce the launch of our new website,, which contains more comprehensive information about our services, as well as visa options and immigration regulations. You’ll find updated content on our key practice areas including: visas for hiring foreign nationals, visas for athletes and entertainers, visas for high net worth clients, avenues for obtaining permanent resident (green card) status, copies of our recent newsletters, and testimonials from our clients.

We appreciate your comments and feedback. We are looking forward to helping you with all of your immigration-related needs. _With warm regards from all of us at Trow & Rahal


BE INKANDESDCENT MAGAZINE: Immigration attorney Linda Rahal provides insight into the new Arizona law

By Linda Rahal
Chief Operating Officer
Trow & Rahal, PC
Be Inkandescent Magazine • June 2010

This past week, immigration has been in the news a lot, primarily for issues raised by the recently passed Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, introduced as Arizona Senate Bill 1070.

Almost everyone, it seems, has an opinion about the law.

In the Miss America Pageant, a judge asked the runner up contender from Oklahoma a question about the law in Arizona that focused on whether it allowed ethnic profiling.

She said, “I’m a huge believer in States’ Rights. I think that’s what is so wonderful about America, and think it’s perfectly legal for Arizona to create that law. But I’m against illegal immigration, but I’m also against racial profiling, so I see both sides of this issue.”

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BE INKANDESDCENT MAGAZINE: What is the impact of an "Invisible Fence" around America's borders? Immigration attorney Linda Rahal explains.

A Q&A with Immigration Attorney Linda Rahal and Be Inkandescent Magazine’s Editor Hope Katz Gibbs
Be Inkandescent Magazine • May 2010

Linda Rahal is the Chief Operating Officer of the prominent immigration law firm Trow & Rahal in Washington, DC. Since opening its doors in 1993, her firm has been hired to help obtain visas for hundreds of employers who are bringing educated international professionals to work in America.

Linda believes the U.S. government is building an “invisible fence” around our borders. And in her opinion, this is not healthy for the fiscal future of the country.

“If you build a tangible fence with gates, people know there is a barrier to entry and they can plan accordingly if they want to come through,” Linda says. “But if you build an invisible fence, people can’t see it until they crash into it. There’s no way for them to plan or prepare, and so they plan to go elsewhere. That’s the unfortunate situation we are finding ourselves in today.”

The result, she worries, is that a lot of creative and innovative people are being driven away, or are giving up on trying to come to the US, because of a lack of transparency regarding the rules.

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About the immigration law firm Trow & Rahal

Steve Trow and Linda Rahal joined forces in 1993 to build a firm devoted exclusively to the practice of U.S. immigration and citizenship law. Their shared values—including a strong commitment to exceptional client service—provide the foundation from which the firm operates.

Located in the nation’s capital, Trow & Rahal’s primary focus is on solving immigration issues for employers and individuals in the U.S. and around the world.

The goal of their new website was to reflect the array of services and personal attention they give to their clients to help them navigate the immigration process for visas, green cards, citizenship, and other immigration related matters.