Courtney H. New

Courtney New leads Nixon Peabody’s Global Immigration practice. She represents a wide range of corporate clients from startups to large multi-national corporations on all aspects of U.S. business immigration law.

What do you focus on?

Today my practice is focused on helping employers hire and retain the foreign national talent they need to drive their businesses forward. I make sure that clients successfully navigate the complexities and challenges involved in securing non-immigrant visas, permanent residence, labor certification and naturalization. I enjoy working with clients and their employees through the full immigration life-cycle, as their businesses and lives develop.

What do you see on the horizon?

There are still some U.S. employers who can say that they have never had to navigate our complex immigration system in order to hire the talent they need. But in the coming years those employers will become increasingly rare and those that want to compete and retain top talent will need to become well-versed in immigration processes. Employers who rely on science, technology, engineering and math expertise will be the most impacted, as over a third of the graduates of U.S. advanced degree programs in these fields are now foreign nationals. Employers who can work with employees to manage their immigration processes over the long-term will have a competitive advantage.

Recent Presentations

  • “New York for Dummies,” Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, August 22, 2012, Stockholm.
  • “Making Work Work for You,” Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, May 9, 2012, New York (Moderator).

Representative Experience

  • Obtained E-2 visas for the owners of a family-owned clothing and home goods store that is rapidly expanding its international presence. 
  • Secured P-1 visas for members of a French theater troupe invited by a leading U.S. theater company to debut their original production.
  • Provided critical and comprehensive advice to a dry-dock operation throughout an Immigration and Customs Enforcement audit, helping the company to mitigate potential fines and penalties while continuing to do the work that they do best.
  • Obtained O-1 Extraordinary Ability status for a profession sports team’s new director of team security in time for the upcoming season by establishing that in his career, while covert in nature, nonetheless, evidenced “extraordinary ability”.
  • Represented a developer and manufacturer of wind turbines in connection with the hire of foreign nationals possessing essential industry experience and expertise.
  • Obtained O-1 Extraordinary Ability status for employees of a U.S. start-up in the field of Augmented Reality gaming.
  • Represented a financial services client before the Office of Special Counsel in its successful defense against a claim of immigration-related employment discrimination.

Expanding in-person interviews

HR Executive | September 26, 2017

This article focuses on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services decision to expand in-person interviews for certain immigration applicants.  Boston labor and employment counsel Courtney New provides commentary about the impact on the green card process.

Immigration in esports: Do gamers count as athletes?

Forbes | May 18, 2017

Boston labor and employment counsel Courtney New contributed this article about how the U.S. immigration system’s lack of a definition for “athlete” in the P-1 visa category presents challenges for the booming esports industry.

Trump moves to limit visa program for tech workers

The Boston Globe | April 19, 2017

Boston immigration counsel Courtney New provides commentary on President Trump’s executive order relating to the H-1B visa program and its likely impact on the number of overseas workers coming to the U.S. for entry-level technical jobs.


Courtney H. New



Phone: 401-454-1116


Phone: 617-345-6056

Fax: 866-407-8299

Boston College Law School, J.D.

Colby College, B.A., magna cum laude


Courtney is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Boston Bar Association and the 2011-2012 Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Program.

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