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Employers face a variety of immigration compliance issues in the hiring, retention and termination of employees, the documentation and management of domestic workforces, and responses to inquiries, investigations and mismatch letters from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, and the Department of Labor.
We counsel clients in three key areas: obtaining nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for foreign employees in the United States; domestic workforce management; and immigration issues in corporate transactions.
WORK AUTHORIZATIONS FOR FOREIGN EMPLOYEES
Bracewell helps clients obtain all categories of nonimmigrant work visas, as well as lawful permanent resident status for employees in a wide variety of occupations. We help employers make effective use of existing resources in developing immigration-management programs, including case preparation, filing, case management, monitoring and docketing, developing customized reports, and utilizing best practices information.
Our attorneys work closely with clients to file Labor Condition Applications and Applications for Permanent Labor Certification with the U.S. Department of Labor; post mandatory notices; maintain all required files and documentation; and manage the visa application process through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Consular Processing.
We counsel clients on:
- H-1B visa applications for workers in specialty occupations
- H-2B temporary worker visas
- L visa applications for intracompany transferees
- P and O ("Extraordinary Ability") petitions for scientists, researchers, performing artists and athletes
- TN visas for citizens of Mexico and Canada
- E-3 visas for citizens of Australia
- R visas for religious workers
- Related spouse and dependent applications and employment authorization requests
- Employment-Based Petitions for Immigrant Visas ("Green cards”)(EB-1 through EB-5)
- Naturalization applications
- Domestic Workforce Management
- Other related matters
All U.S. employers must comply with specific requirements regarding the documentation, verification and legal status of new hires and existing employees. We work with domestic businesses to develop internal policies and procedures that enable them to ensure and — when necessary — demonstrate compliance with government regulations. We also represent clients in a wide range of agency investigations and inquiries, including I-9 audits, sanctions proceedings, discrimination claims based on foreign status, Department of Labor wage audits, and other compliance and enforcement actions.