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Elise S. Levasseur


Elise S. Levasseur, a Member in Dickinson Wright’s Troy office, focuses her practice on immigration law. She is experienced in handling a number of immigration-related matters, such as permanent employment visas, nonimmigrant visas for business professionals, and citizenship applications. Elise has served as counsel to major corporations seeking entry of managerial and executive-level foreign personnel. Elise has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® in Immigration Law since 2009 and was awarded Lawyer of the Year in 2023.

Education & Credentials


Wayne State University

B.A., 1980

Detroit College of Law

J.D., 1985

Bar Admission

  • Michigan1985


  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • “Lawyer of the Year”, Immigration Law, 2023 
    • Immigration Law, 2009-2024
  • Michigan Super Lawyers®
    • Immigration Law, 2008, 2010-2013
  • DBusiness Magazine
    • "Top Lawyers," Immigration Law, 2016, 2018-2023


Prominent Assignments

Experienced in the following areas:

  • Permanent employment-based immigrant visas for multinational executives and managers
  • Extraordinary ability aliens
  • Outstanding researchers and professors
  • Aliens with advanced degrees and skilled workers
  • National interest waivers
  • Alien labor certifications
  • Reduction-in-recruitment
  • Adjustment of status
  • Visa processing at U.S. Consulates
  • Nonimmigrant visas for business professionals
  • Intracompany transferees, investors, aliens of extraordinary ability, trainees, and skilled workers
  • Qualification and entry under the North American Free Trade Agreement
  • Visas for physicians and medical professionals
  • Applications for citizenship
  • Vehicle seizures
  • Employment verification & employer sanctions
  • Deferred inspection and admission
  • Immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions

Counsel to companies seeking employment of foreign nationals in the H-1B visa category who have attained the level of a Bachelor's Degree by virtue of work experience.

Counsel to companies encountering INS resistance to the entry to the United States of Canadian or Mexican citizens under North American Free Trade Agreement.

Counsel to foreign national physicians seeking H-1B, O-1 and TN-1 nonimmigrant classification.

Counsel to new businesses seeking work authorization for foreign personnel.

Counsel on I-9 Audits and Notice of Intent to Fine Settlement.

Counsel to major corporations encountering U.S. Consular Office resistance to issuance of E, L, H or other work-authorized visas.

Counsel to major corporations seeking entry of specialized knowledge, managerial and executive level foreign personnel.

Professional Involvement

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Former Vice Chair and Education Chair, Member since 1986
  • Past Chair of Immigration Committee, International Section, Michigan Bar Association
  • Past Co-Chair of INS Liaison Committee, Michigan Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association


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