Heather L Frayre

Heather L. Frayre

Of Counsel
Heather Frayre’s immigration practice primarily involves matters tied to the recruitment, hire, transfer, and retention of international workers. She counsels corporate and individual clients on a full range of immigration matters including non-immigrant visas, permanent residency, and citizenship as well as issues tied to worksite compliance. She routinely handles matters with a number of different government agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department of Labor, and the Department of State.

Heather has extensive experience with a wide range of non-immigrant classifications, such as H-1B, H-2B, L-1, TN, J-1, E, O, and P, among others. She also is well-versed in issues relating to employment-based and merit-based petitions, including PERM labor certifications, multinational manager petitions, extraordinary ability and outstanding professor and researcher petitions, and national interest waivers. In addition, Heather has experience with family-based petitions, removal, and special immigration programs such as TPS and VAWA.

Heather’s corporate immigration experience spans a wide array of industries, including technology, athletics, manufacturing, construction, education and international trade. She has counseled large Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized companies and small business clients with immigration filings, consular and cross-border issues and compliance strategies. Heather also works with individual scholars and athletes filing self-petitions, such as extraordinary ability and national interest waiver cases. While the bulk of Heather’s professional experience has been gained in the corporate setting, she began her career in nonprofit, primarily assisting refugees, victims of human trafficking and other crime victims in obtaining status or permanent residency.

Education & Credentials

Education

University of Kansas

B.A., Spanish Minor in History, 2004
  • with distinction

University of Houston Law Center

J.D., 2011

Bar Admission

  • Texas

Spoken Languages

  • Spanish

Acknowledgements

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star*, Immigration, Texas 2020-2021 
  • Chambers USA**, Individual Ranking Band 3, Texas Immigration, 2020-2021  
  • Chambers USA, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Texas Immigration, 2019-2020, 2020-2021 
  • Chambers USA, Individual Ranking Recognized Practitioner, Texas Immigration, 2019-2020
  • Fittest Lawyer in Dallas, Fit Company, 2014
  • Influential Leader, Fit Company, 2014

*Super Lawyers, a publication by Thompson Reuters, recognizes the top practitioners across a number of practice areas in each state.  The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state.

**London-based publisher Chambers & Partners conducts research into the strengths and reputations of U.S. law firms by state, through in-depth interviews with peers and competing firm attorneys, in-house counsel and significant purchasers of legal services.  It then publishes those findings into the world’s leading guides to the legal profession.  

Chambers USA notes the following:

Regarding Dickinson Wright PLLC’s Immigration Practice in Texas:

Highly regarded business immigration team based out of El Paso.  Handles immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, labor certification, compliance and worksite audits for clients active in a range of industry sectors including manufacturing, education, and healthcare. Benefits from collaboration with other practice areas in the firm such as labor and employment and tax. Able to call on support from a network of regional offices.

Clients praise the team’s “knowledge of the law, thoroughness and responsiveness,” and one client reported, “It kept us up to date and in the loop, and was there to answer any questions on what we should and shouldn’t do.”

Regarding Heather Frayre:

Sources note she is “very skilled and experienced.”

Prominent Assignments

Represented and advised one of the world’s largest and most influential technology companies with immigration matters and oversaw the filing of applications/petitions with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Labor, and Department of State for one of its most important product areas.

Successfully won motions to reopen and appeals to the Administrative Appeals Office.

Routinely counsels and advises small and mid-size clients regarding the transfer of employees from abroad and hiring nonimmigrant students and workers within the United States, including navigating tricky compliance issues.

Represented a school district with a high PERM audit rate due to past compliance issues through several successful labor certification recruitment efforts.

Represented a non-profit in overcoming a motion of intent to revoke for an H-1B petition due to a referral from the Department of State, alleging post-review of a visa application that the employer had not met its required wage obligation.  

Professional Involvement

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2012 – present
  • AILA Texas Service Center Liaison Committee, 2015-2016
  • AILA Department of Labor Liaison Committee, 2019-2020

Publications/Presentations

Presentations

  • “Surviving the H-2B Obstacle Course (DOL, SWA, USCIS, and DOS),” AILA PERM/H-2B Practice Conference, Seattle, WA, August 18-19, 2017
  • “Ls, Es, and the Multinational Manager,” AILA Texas Chapter Spring Conference, Austin, Texas, April 16, 2016
  • “Are You a Government Contractor and Don’t Know It?” CLE Labor and Employment Workshop – Dallas, March 26, 2015
  • “Immigration 101,” Dallas Area Paralegal Association Monthly Meeting, Presenter Heather Frayre, July 8, 2014
  • “SB1070: A Debate,” SMU Dedman School of Law, Guest Debater Heather Frayre, November 1, 2011
  • “Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Court,” UT Arlington, Panelist, Heather Frayre, September 1, 2011

Publications

  • "The Extraordinary Ability Challenge for the Athlete Turned Coach," October 2016, AILA Insight
  • “Can a History of Extraordinary Athletic Ability Help Sports Coaches Work in the USA?,” September 21, 2016, LawInSport
  • “K-S-Y And The Athlete-Turned-Coach Immigration Challenge,” August 17, 2016, Law 360 (republished in Benders Immigration Bulletin)
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