Unlike other firms that offer their services as "visa processors" or treat immigration services as a commodity, our Immigration team understands that immigration is a complex and dynamic legal field which can impact all aspects of a client's business, from expansion plans to employment policies. So we offer a complete menu of compliance services to meet the full range of business-related immigration needs.
Due diligence for immigration aspects of corporate change:
Immigration compliance is an essential component of due diligence in today's global economy. Failure to consider the immigration issues involved in a major transaction can expose you to liability for immigration non-compliance or lead to the loss of key human resources. We have substantial experience in handling the immigration-related aspects of corporate change. Our immigration due diligence process includes a comprehensive document review, an audit of corporate policies, a liability assessment, and training recommendations. While we may find potential problems, we can also find solutions that will allow your deal to move forward.
Auditing and government (ICE) investigations:
We provide assistance with internal audits of immigration compliance practices and procedures as well as with government ICE audits. Key areas that we focus on are detailed I-9 audits for clients, and audits of labor condition application Public Access files.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) vigorously enforces an employer's obligation to check the employment eligibility of all new employees. We counsel our clients on the best possible strategic steps to comply with employee verification, technical recordkeeping and documentation requirements. Our services include review of corporate policies and procedures as well as a custom training program on best practice for managing I-9 forms, Boosting Your I-9 IQ - Improving Employer Compliance.
We now provide our clients with an I-9 compliance solution, I-9 eSource. This paper-free, web-based system supports accurate form completion and connects seamlessly to optional electronic verification systems such as E-Verify. Its computerized I-9 form streamlines the employee input process and prevents employee or storage errors that lead to significant exposure to civil and criminal liability. Additionally, I-9 eSource provides one central location for I-9 storage and retention along with state-of-the-art database reporting capabilities and the value added services you would expect from Morgan Lewis. See our brochure on I-9 eSource or our I-9 eSource description and how it can help your organization, or contact us and request a web-based demonstration for your organization.
Corporate immigration policy development and implementation:
We assist corporations in developing consistent and effective internal policies with respect to immigration. This includes written guidance for I-9 completion, written guidelines for Public Access file maintenance, corporate policies regarding sponsorship for temporary visas and permanent residence, and agreements regarding repayment of legal fees for immigration sponsorship. We also team with clients to develop internal websites containing immigration information.
Social Security "no match" counseling:
The Social Security Administration (SSA) identifies several million instances of inconsistency between a reported number and information in the SSA database each year. Under newly promulgated rules, such SSA mis-matches may, in certain circumstances, obligate employers to take further actions including reverification of employment authorization or termination of employment. Our attorneys provide excellent support and counseling regarding employer responses to mis-match letters, as well as implementation of corporate policies and procedures to deal with these problems.
Our immigration seminars will maximize the effectiveness of your immigration programs. "Going Global" is designed to give managers and supervisors an overview of employment-related immigration laws as well as practical guidance on how to apply those laws in the real-world work environment. "Boosting Your I-9 IQ" is an intensive workshop that examines the technical requirements for completing I-9 forms and documenting compliance.