The Firm has extensive experience in assisting clients with the full spectrum of business immigration matters, including counseling regarding specific workplace issues, representing employers in government audits and litigation, and processing applications for permanent residence and all types of employment-based visas. Schwartz Hannum PC uses its experience to anticipate and resolve potential problems in order to avoid costly, lengthy, and frustrating processing delays.
Counseling Regarding Specific Workplace Issues
The Firm counsels clients on proper procedures for the employment of foreign workers, including interviewing and hiring, ensuring compliance with employment eligibility verification (“Form I-9”), proper handling of Social Security “no match” letters, potential discrimination issues, proper procedures for tax withholdings and lawful deductions to wages, implementing legally compliant record keeping practices for documents, establishing lawful “English-only” policies, handling wage payment and immigration status issues that can arise due to temporary layoffs or leaves of absence, handling issues raised when disciplining or terminating employment, planning for corporate changes and the impact corporate changes may have on the immigration status of foreign workers, developing strategies that best serve the client in all areas of the employment and continued employment of foreign workers.
Representing Employers in Government Audits and Litigation
The Firm assists employers in handling random and targeting audits (I-9), sanctions proceedings, wage proceedings, discrimination claims, and other litigation by various government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor, The Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Equal Opportunity Commission or the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices. Prompt and knowledgeable assistance is critical when a government agency seeks to initiate litigation, audit employment records, or to remove foreign workers from the workplace.
The Firm assists clients in obtaining Non-Immigrant Employment-Based Visas (for workers coming to the U.S. on a temporary basis, including B-1, E, H-1B, H-2B, J-1, L, O, and TN visas. The Firm also assists clients in obtaining Immigrant Employment-Based Visas (also known as Permanent Residence” or “Green Card” for workers coming to the U.S. or trying to stay and work in the U.S. on a permanent basis), including obtaining labor certifications under the Program Electronic Review Management (“PERM”) regulations, seeking National Interest Waivers, and filing of Forms I-140 and I-485.
The Firm has particular knowledge of healthcare immigration and works with many hospitals, group medical practices and physician practices to bring highly qualified physicians, nurses and other medical professionals to the U.S.