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Immigration, Business & Family-based

Dedicated to providing timely, cost-effective, solutions in immigration-related matters affecting business, the professions and multi-cultural families.

Encomendados con proporcionar soluciones eficaces y rentables en asuntos migratorios afectando negocios, las profesiones y familias multi-culturales.

Our Immigration Group is a separate corporate entity dedicated exclusively to the practice of Immigration and Nationality law.  We serve our clients by resolving legal issues affecting both documented and undocumented aliens residing and working within the United States of America as well as abroad.

Our client base extends globally and currently includes corporate entities and/or individuals around the world from over forty-five (45) foreign countries.  We view our clients, foreign nationals, in whatever status, as indispensable, positive contributors to the American workplace and to our society’s rich cultural diversity.

Our Of Counsel affiliation with Mayo Mallette PLLC allows us to provide outstanding legal services to local, regional and national clients from our offices located in north Mississippi.  The attorneys of Mayo Mallette possess over seventy-five years of legal experience, extraordinary educational accomplishments and a passion for engaging and resolving the most challenging legal issues.  Mayo Mallette has a diversified civil practice, primarily involving general, commercial and complex litigation.

In addition to its extensive litigation practice, Mayo Mallette counsels individuals and businesses on various legal issues, ranging from intellectual property to employer-employee relations; from personnel to contract drafting and negotiation.  Attorneys at the Firm have also represented clients before various governmental agencies on a variety of issues.

Attorneys at Mayo Mallette are admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Mississippi and Tennessee, the United States Court of International Trade, the United States Tax Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Federal Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.

Practice Areas

Our immigration practice areas include:

  • Employment-based Visas (NIV/IV)
  • Adjustments of Status (Permanent Residence) (LPR)
  • Family-based Visas and Adjustments of Status (Permanent Residence)
  • Removal of Conditions on Residence (I-751)
  • Naturalization
  • Extension of Status
  • Change of Status
  • Consular Processing
  • J Waivers (Physician and Non-Physician)
  • Dual Citizenship
  • Death Benefits under Workers’ Compensation (documented & undocumented Aliens)
  • Trans-Border Commercial Transactions (Advisory)
  • Bilingual Services (Spanish)

Representative Clients

Our Representative Corporate Immigration Clients Include:

  • Amphenol Advanced Sensors
  • Amphenol Aerospace & Industrial Operations
  • Amphenol Alden Product Company
  • Amphenol Australia Pty. Ltd.
  • Amphenol Antenna Solutions, Inc.
  • Amphenol APG Mobile Consumer Products
  • Amphenol Corporation
  • Amphenol Interconnect Products Corp.
  • Amphenol Optimize Manufacturing Co.
  • Amphenol PCD, Inc.
  • Amphenol RF, Inc.
  • Amphenol Sine Systems
  • Amphenol SV Microwave Components Group, Inc.
  • Amphenol T & M Antennas, Inc.
  • Amphenol Thermometrics, Inc.
  • Amphenol Tuchel Electronics, Inc.
  • Amphenol Tuchel Electronics GmbH
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic PLLC (Memphis)
  • Contract Fabricators, Inc.
  • FNC, Inc.
  • Heartland Catfish Company, Inc.
  • Grace St. Luke's Episcopal School (Memphis)
  • Medical Marketing Economics, Inc. (MME)
  • Next Foundation (Texas)
  • Opthalmic Research Associates, Inc. (ORA)
  • The University of Mississippi
  • The University of Texas (El Paso)
  • Times Fiber Communications, Inc.
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center


Thomas J. Rosser

For the better part of two decades, Tommy Rosser lived and worked in Mexico as the resident sales and marketing representative for several transnational companies, including Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, Ladish & Company, Wisconsin Centrifugal Company, Babcock & Wilcox, Inc., and as the exclusive distributor in Mexico for Sara Lee Corporation's Bakery Division.

As a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1996, Mr. Rosser’s practice emphasizes employment-based immigration law and handles labor certifications, national interest waivers, H’s, E’s, F’s, J’s, P’s, O’s, TN’s, adjustments of status, EAD’s, affidavits of support, conditional residence, advance parole, and naturalization applications on a regular basis. Mr. Rosser holds a Masters Degree in International Business and Economics from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in addition to his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi.

He has been a Fulbright Foreign Exchange Scholar at the National University of Mexico, a Lewis-Farmington Fellow at Yale University in the field of romance languages and, since 1986, serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, in the areas of finance and audit. Mr. Rosser holds both United States and Mexican citizenship, is fluent in Spanish, and is honorably discharged from the United States Army.

Thomas J. Rosser's Bio

Cynthia Chrestman-Smith

Before joining our staff, Ms. Chrestman-Smith served as a Corporate Accountant for a Fortune 500 company in Memphis, Tennessee and has held positions as Controller for several large manufacturing firms. Ms. Chrestman-Smith holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies from the University of Mississippi and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting from Delta State University.

In addition to her strong accounting and computer science background, she provides an extraordinary depth of experience in matters of business administration and brings a critical attention to detail and efficiency to our Immigration group. Over a number of years, as a full-time immigration specialist, Ms. Chrestman-Smith has developed a profound understanding as well as analytical discernment of the substantive issues which relate to both employment and family-based cases. In addition, she possesses an intimate familiarity with the ever-changing administrative details essential to the proper and efficient handling of a diverse case load. The immigration attorney managing a particular case file to which she is assigned is constantly assured that all details, whether relating to either form or function, have met her scrupulous review.

Professional Associations and Memberships include: Business and Professional Women’s Association, University of Mississippi Paralegal Association (Paralegal Studies Advisory Board), American Society of Women Accountants, and National Association of Legal Professionals.

“For all the noise and anger that too often surrounds the immigration debate, America has nothing to fear from today’s immigrants. They have come here for the same reason that families have always come here – for the hope that in America, they could build a better life for themselves and their families. Like the waves of immigrants that came before them and the Hispanic Americans whose families have been here for generations, the recent arrival of Latinos will only enrich our country.”  
–  President Barack Obama

“Immigration is not a problem to be solved. It is a sign of a confident and successful nation. And people who seek to make America their home should be met in that spirit by representatives of our government.”  
–  Former President George H. W. Bush

“More than any other nation on Earth, America has constantly drawn strength and spirit from wave after wave of immigrant. In each generation, they have proved to be the most restless, the most adventurous, the most innovative, the most industrious of people bearing different memories, honoring different heritages. They have strengthened our economy, enriched our culture, renewed our promise of freedom and opportunity for all."  
–  Former President William Jefferson Clinton

“Almost thirty percent of the actively employed science and engineering doctorate holders in the United States are foreign born, as are many postdocs. Most of those working in the United States (excluding postdocs) obtained their doctorates from U.S. universities.”  
–  National Science Foundation ‘Science and Engineering Indicators’

“Almost twenty percent of the distinguished scientists and engineers who are members of the National Academy of Sciences, and more than a third of U.S. Nobel Laureates, are foreign born.”  
–  Shirley M. Tilghman, Former President of Princeton University

“Among college educated workers with occupations in the life sciences, physical sciences, and mathematical and computer sciences, estimates from the 2000 census indicate that approximately one-fourth of individuals, across all degree levels, were foreign born. At the doctorate level, 51.3 percent of individuals in engineering occupations, and just under 45 percent in the life sciences, and mathematical and computer sciences, were foreign born.  
–  National Science and Foundation “Science and Engineering Indicators 2004” 

“The Social Security Administration (SSA) has concluded that undocumented immigrants account for a major portion of the billions of dollars paid into the Social Security System under name or Social Security Numbers that don’t match SSA records; payments for which immigrants cannot benefit while undocumented. As of October 2005, the reported earnings on which these payments are based – which are tracked through the SSA’s Earnings Suspense File (ESF) totaled $520 billion.”  
–  Patrick P. O’Carroll, Jr., Inspector General of the SSA: March 14, 2006 (before U.S. Senate Committee)

“Remember, remember, that all of us… are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”  
–  Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Remember that when you say, ‘I will have none of this exile and this stranger for his face is not like my face and his speech is strange,’ you have denied America with those words.”  
–  Stephen Vincent Benet

“I defend with no reservation our proposal to offer the people who harvest our crops, tend our gardens, work in our restaurants, care for our children and clean our homes, a chance to be legal citizens of this country. They will have to earn it. They must come out from the shadows, pay their penalties, fees and taxes, stay employed, obey our laws, learn our language and history, and go to the back of the line and wait years for the privilege of being an American.”  
–  Senator John McCain, 2007

“Immigrants are exactly what America needs. They’re what we need economically, and I think they’re what we need morally… [They] revitalize America and get it back to it sense of confidence… All of these immigrants that come here help us with the work they do. They challenge us with new ideas and new perspectives, and they give us perspective.”

–  Rudolph Guiliani, Former Mayor of New York City

“Whatever his status under the immigration laws, an alien is surely a ‘person’ .... Aliens, even aliens whose presence in this country is unlawful, have long been recognized as ‘persons’ guaranteed due process of law by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.”

–  U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Plyler v. Doe (1982)