ICE is Coming Are You Prepared?

Since 2008, there has been an increase in inspections by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Employers who unlawfully employ unauthorized immigrants, and violate U.S. immigration laws can be subject to severe civil penalties, criminal investigation and arrest. CEO’s, Managers, and HR Personnel are susceptible to criminal prosecution.

Protect your business, your employees, and yourself by hiring an experienced immigration attorney to perform a confidential internal audit of your I-9 records, develop a compliance program and policy program, or provide Form I-9 training to HR personnel.

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Worksite Compliance

With the government’s current focus on increased immigration enforcement, it is more important than ever for employers to fully comply with all relevant immigration laws. Employers face increased enforcement efforts and an ever-increasing array of federal and state regulations governing employment verification. These enforcement efforts frequently result in significant civil fines and criminal penalties for relatively small infractions.

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Corporate Immigration

There are several ways United States’ employers can sponsor the lawful permanent residence of individuals who have talents or skills that are needed in the country. These include both temporary and permanent visas depending on the specific circumstances. Whether an employer is having trouble filling a specific role, a person is an investor in a project in the country, or someone has an extraordinary talent, there are ways for individuals to come to the country to work.

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I-9 Training

The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 requires U.S. employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of their employees and it created criminal and civil sanctions for employment related violations.  The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division enforces IRCA to ensure that U.S. employers abide by its provisions.  ICE is targeting employers as well as individual executives, managers, and former managers who hired individuals not authorized to work in the U.S

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About
Artie Renee Pobjecky

No non-citizen or legal permanent resident can enter the country without a visa. Visa holders also cannot seek any form of employment without specific permission. Any person who violates these laws is subject to arrest and immediate deportation proceedings. However, navigating these laws can be confusing.

An immigration attorney can help guide immigrants and employers through the necessary processes. This can include working to gain a work visa, helping change a legal immigrant’s status, and even providing a defense during deportation proceedings. Contact Pobjecky & Pobjecky, LLP today to learn more.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Role in Immigration

USCIS carries the mandate to oversee all legal entry into the United States as well as to process requests for change in citizenship status. No person may legally enter the United States, request a green card, or apply for United States citizenship without interacting with this agency.

One major role of USCIS is to issue employment visas. These visas allow people to enter the United States to work. This is generally a temporary visa that usually lasts three years and allows the holder to work for a sponsoring employee. There are also permanent visas that grant entry for an unlimited length of time due to a person’s extraordinary abilities or achievements.

USCIS also handles requests for changes in immigration status. For people already legally in the U.S., such as on a work, student, or visitor visa, USCIS can collect documentation and conduct interviews when deciding whether to issue a green card. In short, any person who wants to legally enter the United States must file the appropriate application with USCIS. An immigration lawyer can help individuals comply with these legal processes.

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Awards & Recognition

  • Chair, Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce
  • “She Knows Where She Is Going” by Girls Inc. of Winter Haven
  • Small Business of the Month by Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce
  • “Outstanding Contributions to the Chapter” by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Central Florida Chapter
  • Past Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Central Florida Chapter
  • Associate Editor and Contributing Author of The Waiver Book published by AILA (2nd Edition)
  • Contributor, World Justice Project, Rule of Law Index (Present-2016)
  • Guest Lecturer at the University of Florida School of Law, Stetson Law School, Barry University and Florida State School of Law on behalf of the ABA Section on International Law
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What Services may an Immigration Lawyer Provide?

Taking proper action when working with USCIS is extremely important. For those looking to enter the United States on an employment visa, they must be sure to point to specific employer sponsorship as well as be able to adequately demonstrate their eligibility for these visas.

People who are already in the United States need to take even greater caution. If a person is in the U.S. on a work visa and is applying for permanent resident status, a failed application may trigger deportation proceedings. Naturally, if a person is in the country illegally, they need to act with extreme care to avoid arrest and deportation.

An immigration lawyer could help achieve a positive outcome. They can work with individuals to explain their rights and gather the information needed for their specific goals.

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