In the complex and fluid arena of U.S. immigration policy, international and U.S. companies face aggressive government enforcement and a rash of new laws. In the ever-evolving global economy, businesses face critical needs for personnel transfers across the globe in a timely and efficient manner to maintain a competitive advantage. Our lawyers have the experience to guide employers through a complex maze of enforcement regulations to maximize effectiveness and anticipate trends that may impact their business operations. In addition to our core practice of dedicated immigration lawyers, Littler maintains a team of highly experienced, trained immigration specialist personnel based in offices throughout the United States. These non-attorney immigration professionals are available on the ground across the nation to provide comprehensive and knowledgeable immigration counsel and other immigration services at a moment’s notice, wherever and whenever it is needed.
We counsel hundreds of employers with immigration and global migration matters each year as they deal with domestic requirements as well as the legal, political and cultural norms of countries throughout the world.
Our clients include multinational companies, as well as national, regional and local employers, across all industries, who rely on our sound understanding of immigration law to recruit and hire foreign nationals or move staff members around the globe.
With the unpredictable economy and stepped-up government enforcement, we assist these employers in managing Form I-9 employee verification audits, Social Security mismatch letters, E-Verify requirements and state and federal investigations.
Our practice extends far beyond advising clients on government forms and regulations. An immigration issue can have larger, often unexpected, ramifications for an employer, with implications involving discrimination, wage and hour compliance, labor relations and other employment issues. Littler provides comprehensive services to assist our clients with any employment issues that may arise in the immigration context.
We have extensive experience in reacting quickly to urgent immigration concerns, helping our clients avoid missed deadlines and the costly consequences of delay. Because Littler is able to swiftly assemble a team of experienced professionals, we are well-positioned to obtain the client’s desired outcome.
Immigration issues often capture headlines, and we work with our clients to mitigate any unfavorable press that may arise from these matters.
Attention to Clients’ Business Needs
Littler’s immigration professionals work closely with our clients to devise migration strategies tailored specifically for their business needs. This partnership takes on enhanced importance with employers facing ever higher civil penalties and potential criminal sanctions for knowingly employing undocumented workers.
To help ensure that I-9 records and procedures are beyond reproach, we conduct audits of company compliance programs, often analyzing thousands of forms and supporting documents for compliance with internal company policies and the myriad legal requirements implicated in the I-9 process.
Because we strive for in-depth familiarity with our clients’ operations, we recognize what will work in a particular business environment, and we offer the flexibility and innovation needed to tailor solutions that are best suited to a specific client.
- The centerpiece of temporarily employing foreign national workers in the United States is the “work visa.” These nonimmigrant visa categories are short-term, time-limited, and designed for specific purposes, including work authorization.
- The more commonly-encountered nonimmigrant visas in the employment context include the E, H, J, L, O, P, Q and TN categories. Each having its own particular uses and qualifications, the nonimmigrant work visa categories are complex, confusing, and in no way user-friendly. Littler has tremendous experience in working with our clients to identify and implement appropriate strategies to secure the right to work for their foreign national employees.
- Often, employers will require longer- or indefinite-term U.S. assignments for their foreign national employees, for which a work visa is inappropriate. Permanent residence, or the “green card,” allows the holder to live and work in the United States permanently and is not restricted to location, purpose, or time.
- The permanent residence process generally consists of three general stages: (i) labor certification; (ii) immigrant petition on behalf of the foreign national worker; and (iii) adjustment of status. Depending upon the job and the foreign national’s credentials, some mix of these three stages will form the backbone of the process for a particular foreign national worker.
- A sound permanent residence strategy is critical to maintaining a foreign national’s right to live and work in the United States during the transition from work visa holder to permanent resident. The pitfalls are myriad and harsh in their consequences. Our extensive experience in developing and implementing optimal solutions enables us to devise the strategy that is right for your business and your employees.