Adeline Simenon Director
Adeline Simenon Director
Adeline leads PF+C’s Business Immigration team. She represents a diverse group of corporate clients, of all sizes, including technology and business consultancies, life sciences, specialized construction, manufacturing, food and beverage, entertainment, and retail companies, in the hiring, and transfer of foreign nationals’ executives, managers, professionals and artists.
She has extensive experience assisting foreign companies, investors and entrepreneurs (particularly from Canada and France) establish U.S. offices, make investments, and secure visas or work authorizations to launch their U.S. offices, either temporarily or permanently. She represents on a regular basis Canadian entrepreneurs and their employees seeking admission into the United States at Custom and Border Protection ports of entry or pre-clearance airports under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
She advises her clients in the context of mergers, acquisitions and spinoffs to ensure compliance with U.S. immigration law.
In addition to her corporate clients, Adeline represents prominent French artists securing short or long-term visas.
She is recognized as one of the country’s leading immigration lawyers by Who’s Who Legal – Corporate Immigration (2016-2018) and is a frequent panelist on immigration-related conferences organized throughout Quebec and New England.
In February 2018, she was appointed Trade Advisor for the French Government (Conseiller du Commerce Exterieur pour la France) by ministerial decree (Boston – New England Committee).
A French native speaker, Adeline holds two master’s degrees in law from Lille University in France and an LL.M. from University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Los Angeles. She has French, Swiss and American citizenships.
Prior to joining PF+C, Adeline practiced at a leading immigration law firm in Santa Monica, CA. Between 2004 and 2010, she taught courses in European Union Law and Transnational Sales Law (CISG) at the University Of Southern California Gould School Of Law in Los Angeles, CA. She acted as Immigration Counsel to the French Consulate General of France in Los Angeles from 2010 through 2013.
Professional + Community
American Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Vermont Bar Association
Adeline Simenon represents clients in the full spectrum of immigration issues including:
Assisted hundreds of foreign companies with the launch of their U.S. offices and the transfer of executives, managers and key employees to their U.S. affiliates in E-1, E-2, L-1A or L-1B visas/ status and TN status
Prepared hundreds of TN applications for Canadian clients for presentation at various ports of entry or preclearance airports; successfully challenged TN denials at various ports of entry or preclearance airports
Prepared waivers of inadmissibility (criminal & health-related grounds)
Prepared numerous O-1 petitions for various artists
Prepared EB-1 petitions for individuals with extraordinary ability in the arts, and business fields
Prepared PERM labor certifications
Prepared B-1 including B-1 in lieu of H-1B
Prepared numerous H-1B petitions
Prepared numerous family-based green card petitions and naturalizations applications
Counseled Human Resources managers on compliance issues related to Form I-9 and during FDNS visits
Advised corporate clients on visa matters impacted by corporate restructuring
Counseled individuals regarding preservation of permanent resident status, Lawful Permanent Resident Status abandonment and U.S. citizenship renunciation
Seminars + Speaking Engagements
2018 – Speaker “Immigration Hot Topics,” Vermont Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting
2018 – Speaker at the AILA New England Immigration Chapter Meeting on “CBP cross border issues for Canadian entrepreneurs and employees,” Boston, MA
2017 – Speaker on the “Doing Business in the U.S.” panel during Renewable Energy Vermont conference, Burlington, VT
2017- Speaker “Immigration under the Trump Administration ,” French Connections conference, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
2014-2017 – Speaker “Immigration Compliance for Employers and Human Resource Professionals,” Sterling Continuing Education “Fundamentals of Employment Law,” Burlington, VT
2015-2017 – Speaker on the “Doing Business in the U.S.” panel organized by the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce’s Vermont-Quebec Enterprise Initiative, Burlington, VT
2016 — Speaker on “Entreprendre aux États-Unis : lois sur l’immigration” panel organized by French Entrepreneurs during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, NV
2015 – “Visas E1/E2/L1: quel visa pour démarrer votre business aux Etats-Unis?” French Tech Hub webinar
2015 – Contributor: “Some of the Best Visas to Start a Business in the United States” – blog written in collaboration with the French Tech Hub and published on their website.
Honors + Languages
Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration, 2016-2018
Fluent French and English, Proficient Spanish, Basic Finnish