Stephen Yale-Loehr


I am an attorney, writer, and scholar with over 30 years of experience practicing immigration law. Currently, I am Attorney of Counsel at Miller Mayer LLP, Professor of Immigration Law Practice at Cornell Law School, and a Nonresident Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute. I am also co-author of Immigration Law and Procedure, the leading multi-volume treatise on immigration law, and have authored over 200 publications.

I frequently provide insight on immigration matters to members of the media, and serve as an expert witness in the legal profession. I have been retained as an expert witness in over a dozen state and federal cases, and have testified several times before Congress.



Nonresident Fellow / MIGRATION POLICY INSTITUTE / 2016 – present

The Migration Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC dedicated to analysis of people and movement worldwide.


The US Alliance for International Entrepreneurs (USAIE) is a group of immigration professionals devoted to helping foreign-born entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses in the United States. We work with tax, corporate, and business experts to offer consultations and immigration advice.

Expert Witness / 1995 – present

Providing testimony on complex immigration issues in state and federal court and before Congress. See the Expert Witness page for a case list and testimony.

Co-Author, Immigration Law & Procedure / LEXISNEXIS / 1994 – present

Immigration Law & Procedure is the leading immigration law treatise in the US. Considered “the bible” of US immigration law, this 21-volume reference work is updated four times a year. US federal courts have cited the treatise over 500 times.

Professor of Immigration Law Practice / CORNELL LAW SCHOOL / 1991 – present

2001 recipient of Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award.

Of Counsel / MILLER MAYER LLP / 1990 – present

Advising corporate and individual clients on a broad array of family- and employment-based immigration matters. Specializing in EB-5 immigrant investor work.



I have written over 200 publications, including books, articles, research, and reference. Major works are included below. View my Amazon author page here.

Immigration Law & Procedure / LEXISNEXIS / 1994-present

21-volume “Bible” of immigration law that has been cited in over 450 federal court decisions, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Immigration & Nationality Law: Problems & Strategies / Carolina Academic Press / 2013

Immigration & Nationality Law: Problems & Strategies introduces the reader to the legal concepts and experience of practicing immigration law. Designed for both law students and attorneys.

Global Business Immigration Practice Guide / LEXISNEXIS / 2012

This practice guide is a one stop-resource for dealing with questions related to business immigration issues in immigration hotspots around the world.

Green Card Stories / UMBRAGE EDITIONS / 2011

Green Card Stories presents 50 recent U.S. immigrants in dramatic essays by nationally recognized journalist Saundra Amrhein and compelling portraits by award-winning photographer Ariana Lindquist. The book won six awards.

Secure Borders, Open Doors: Visa Procedures in the Post-September 11 Era / MIGRATION POLICY INSTITUTE / 2005

Comprehensive analysis of post-September 11 reforms to the U.S. visa system.

America’s Challenge: Domestic Security, Civil Liberties, and National Unity After September 11 / MIGRATION POLICY INSTITUTE / 2003

This report offers a comprehensive compilation and analysis yet of the individuals detained in the wake of September 11, their experiences, and the government’s post-September 11 immigration measures.

Balancing Interests: Rethinking US Selection of Skilled Immigrants / CARNEGIE INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION POLICY PROGRAM / 1996

This book focuses on the selection of people admitted under work-related categories of the U.S. visa system, and devising alternate approaches to the way foreign workers gain access to the United States.

Understanding the Immigration Act of 1990: A Practical Analysis / FEDERAL PUBLICATIONS / 1991

The Immigration Act of 1990 overhauled the U.S. immigration system. This was one of the earliest, most thorough guides to understanding the changes in policy and law.

Understanding the 1986 Immigration Law / FEDERAL PUBLICATIONS / 1987

A guide to following U.S. immigration law following 1986 changes.



Cornell Law School
Miller Mayer LLP
Migration Policy Institute
USAIE | US Alliance for International Entrepreneurs
Invest in the USA
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
National Immigration Forum
Hanger Theatre - Ithaca, New York