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James G. Aldrich

James G. Aldrich



  • Immigration
  • Agriculture
  • Agribusiness Lending
  • Food & Beverage

WSG Practice Industries


Michigan, U.S.A.


James G. Aldrich leads the Firm's Immigration Team in the Labor and Employment Department at Dykema. He has significant international business and immigration experience including advising on the immigration-related aspects of investment opportunities in the U.S., corporate formation and the employment of foreign nationals in the United States. He develops long-term plans to coordinate the business goals of clients with available immigration benefits, and assists clients in the preparation of visa petitions and supporting documentation.

He has been recognized for his experience in handling the complex issues related to business immigration, consular processing, admissibility and immigration security issues. In addition to his reputation for excellence in the field of immigration and nationality law, he has also advocated for reforming our immigration system, improving border security and procedures, consular processing and admission procedures for foreign nationals. His practice primarily focuses on business and family-based immigration, consular processing, employer sanctions/worksite enforcement, immigration audits, security checks, waivers, admissibility, investors and regional centers, and citizenship and naturalization. His clients include major global manufacturing and energy companies, nursing home operators, landscaping companies, automotive suppliers, chemical and technology firms, ski resorts, dental service providers, construction companies, real estate and finance firms, hospitality and hospitality service companies, agricultural businesses, educational institutions, food service franchisees, investors and entrepreneurs, performing artists, families, and individuals.

Bar Admissions



University of Detroit, J.D. Michigan State University, B.A.
Areas of Practice

Agribusiness Lending | Agriculture | Dykema Delivers HR Innovation | Food & Beverage | Immigration | Labor & Employment | Litigation | National/Regional Coordinating, Trial and/or Discovery Counsel

Professional Career

Professional Associations

State Bar of Michigan, Member
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member


11/2009 Addressed Chinese Business and Government Groups in Shanghai, Wuxi, Suzhou, Chongqing and Guiyang regarding immigration benefits through investing in the United States
12/2008 Addressed Chinese Business and Government Groups in Shanghai, Guiyang and Guangzhou regarding immigration benefits through investing in the United States
9/2007 "The ICE Man Cometh and How to be Ready for Him" - Presenter and "Immigration Law and Impending Legislation" (co-presenter), BNP Media's "Best of Success" Conference, Phoenix, Arizona
7/2007 Addressed Chineses Business and Government Groups in Shanghai, Guiyang, Ashun and Zunyi regarding visas available through investing in the United States

Professional Activities and Experience

Dickinson Wright, PLLC,

USCIS to Suspend Biometrics Requirement for Certain I-539 Applicants
Dykema, May 2021

In a move aimed at speeding the processing of certain non-immigrant petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced it will suspend the biometrics requirements for certain I-539 applicants for a two-year period beginning on May 17, 2021. Form I-539 is used to change to or extend the authorized stay of non-immigrants holding (or seeking) A, B, F, G, I, J, M, T, U and V and dependents of those holding E, H, L, O, P, R and TN status...

CDC to Require Negative COVID Tests for All International Air Passengers
Dykema, January 2021

The United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an order that will take effect on January 26, 2021, requiring all arriving international airline passengers to provide proof of a negative COVID test taken within three days of the flight’s foreign departure. For those who have had it, the CDC will require proof of recovery...

USCIS to Select H-1Bs Based on Offered Wage
Dykema, January 2021

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a new final rule substituting last year’s random selection registration process with one based on the wage offered the worker with those cases with higher wages being more likely to be chosen...

Additional Articles

"ICE Steps Up Aggressive Employer Audit Campaign," Mich igan Business Law Journal (Summer 2010)
"ICE Begins Aggressive Employer Audit Campaign," Law Notes (Fall 2009)
"Q-1 Cultural Exchange Visa: An Alternative to the H-2B?," Lodging Magazine (July 2008)
"Paying an Employee Who Does Not Have a Social Security Number," Roofing Contractor Magazine (October 2007)
"Responding to a 'No-Match' Letter from the Social Security Administration," Roofing Contractor Magazine (June 2007)
"Editor," Illinois ICLE Immigration Law Book (2006)
"Visas for Foreign Registered Nurses Now Available," Michigan Medical Law Reporter (Fall 2005)

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