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.Learn More
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.
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.
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
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 our firm today to learn more.
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.Learn More
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