Strategies for Establishing and Managing Corporate Immigration Programs

Strategies for Establishing and Managing Corporate Immigration Programs

Strategies for Establishing and Managing Corporate Immigration Programs (Seminar Recording)
Live Event Date: 10/05/2023
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

Have you taken a step back recently to look at the bigger picture for your corporate clients? Is your corporate client requesting counsel to build a more robust and compliant immigration program? Or have you recently been retained by a new client looking to expand its business into the United States and, as a result, build a mobility program for its U.S. offices? The panelists for this advanced session will provide expert guidance to attorneys advising corporate clients establishing their U.S. immigration programs, navigating issues surfacing from changes in corporate structures, and tackling the process of auditing clients’ existing policies and procedures.

Featured Topics:

  • Developing effective corporate immigration policies and programs: strategies to work with clients
  • Immigration toolkit for clients new to U.S. immigration: enrollment in the Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises (VIBE) program, setting up corporate L blanket and E visa registration, and E-Verify
  • Audits of immigration records to ensure compliance: labor condition application (LCA), PERM, and I-9 verification documents
  • Systems to track metrics, key performance indicators (KPIs), I-94 and petition expiration dates, visa maximum duration dates, billings, etc.
  • Immigration issues arising from corporate restructuring: red flags and pitfalls
  • Relevant training for corporate client management team, human resources team, and foreign national employees

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Sylvia S. Yong (DL), AILA Canada Chapter Chair, Toronto, ON, Canada

Sylvia S. Yong is an associate attorney with KPMG Law LLP in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her practice focuses on employment-based immigration and compliance, global mobility solutions, and U.S.-Canada cross-border issues. She is currently Chair of the AILA Canada Chapter, and serves on the AILA Distance Learning Committee and the GMS Membership Subcommittee. Ms. Yong received her JD from the University of British Columbia in Canada, and is admitted to the Ontario and New York State bars.

Allen Orr, AILA Past President, AILA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair/Client Resources Committee, Washington, D.C

Allen Orr is the founder of Orr Immigration Law Firm. His area of practice includes the representation of businesses and individuals before the U.S. Department of State and the Homeland Security Department. Mr. Orr has over 13 years of U.S. and global experience with the immigration practice of one of the largest international law firms. Mr. Orr is the recipient of the 2009 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award - for contributions made in the immigration law field and specifically for his work with the Young Lawyers Division of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Elizabeth Chatham, AILA USCIS Case Assistance Committee, Phoenix, AZ

Elizabeth (Liz) Chatham provides tailored corporate immigration programs with temporary and permanent immigration options, as well as immigration compliance programs, including I-9 audits and training for HR personnel. Liz understands the dynamic hiring environment in which her clients operate. She works with clients to obtain temporary work visas (H-1B, L-1, O, P, TN, E-1, E-2 and R visas) and permanent residence options (EB-1, Outstanding Researcher, Extraordinary Ability, Multinational Manager, National Interest waivers, PERM labor certifications, and EB-5 Immigrant Investor), artists and athletes with creative visa and green card options, in addition to counseling on individual consular processing and naturalization.

Maria Mejia-Opaciuch, Marysville, OH

Maria Mejia-Opaciuch, a member of the NY bar since 1988, has 35 years’ experience providing comprehensive counseling services in U.S. immigration and nationality law for businesses, families, and individuals. Currently, as Senior Counsel, Immigration for American Honda in Marysville, Ohio, she works on managing a comprehensive Immigration Sponsorship program, while also supporting the transfer of U.S. associates to Japan and Japanese associates to the U.S. on the E-2 visa, as well as managing the I-9 program.

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