Maria Mejia-Opaciuch

Maria Mejia-Opaciuch

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Immigration Law for Startups: Prime Visa Options

This is the second in a three-part series that provides guidance to new or foreign companies that are entering the U.S. market and seeking to employ either foreign nationals already in the United States on non-working visas,...more

9/1/2015 - Australia Border Security Canada Chile Consulate E-1 E-2 E-3 Employee Transfers Foreign Corporations Foreign Nationals H-1B1 L-1 NAFTA Singapore Startups TN-Visas Visas Work Visas

Immigration Law for Startups: Best Practices

This is the first in a three-part series that provides guidance to new or foreign companies that are entering the U.S. market and seeking to employ either foreign nationals already in the United States on non-working visas,...more

8/25/2015 - Best Practices Foreign Corporations Foreign Nationals Startups Visas Work Visas

Immigration Law for Startups: Best Practices, Prime Options, and Common Pitfalls

Guidance to new or foreign companies that are entering the U.S. market and seeking to employ either foreign nationals already in the United States on non-working visas, or foreign nationals overseas who wish to enter the...more

8/14/2015 - Hiring & Firing I-9 Legal Perspectives Non-Immigrant Visas Popular Startups Young Lawyers

USCIS to Accept Employment Authorization Applications from Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses

Beginning May 26, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept applications for employment authorization from certain H-4 Dependent Spouses. The USCIS will reject any applications received...more

5/22/2015 - DHS Form I-94 H-1B H-4 Spouses Immigration Reform Popular USCIS Visas

Severe Fines for I-9 Noncompliance

During the first quarter of 2015, The Office of Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) issued five decisions involving employer violations related to Form I-9. In its latest decision (United States v. Liberty Packaging,...more

4/10/2015 - Audits Corporate Fines Employer Liability Issues False Reporting I-9 ICE OCAHO

Employment and Labor Law Road Map for Employers Entering the U.S. Market

Foreign companies and investors that enter the U.S. market will be governed by numerous state and federal labor and employment laws. When opening a business in the United States, it is therefore critical to work with...more

1/21/2015 - Compensation & Benefits Employer Liability Issues Employer Mandates Employment Policies FLSA FMLA Foreign Corporations Foreign Nationals Foreign Subsidiaries Hiring & Firing Popular Small Business Startups

Here We Go Again: H-1B Petitions Must be Filed by March 31

It is that time of year again. Immigration practitioners are gearing up for a busy H-1B season. Just as accountants have their April 15 deadline for filing tax returns, employers, foreign nationals, and immigration counsel...more

1/16/2015 - Filing Deadlines H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Hiring & Firing Visa Caps Visas

Employment and Immigration Issues Facing Banks

EMPLOYMENT ISSUES - 1. No compensation for compensable work - Many banks—including large, sophisticated banks—are facing class action lawsuits for not compensating non-exempt employees for compensable work....more

12/18/2014 - Banks Class Action Criminal Background Checks Employer Liability Issues Foreign Nationals Hiring & Firing Misclassification Recruitment Policies Sex Discrimination Whistleblowers

Guidance for Employers Once Obama Issues Executive Order on Immigration

President Obama plans to announce an executive order regarding immigration reform tonight and sign the order in Las Vegas on Friday. The order is expected to protect approximately 5 million unauthorized immigrants from the...more

11/21/2014 - Barack Obama DACA Deportation Executive Orders I-9 Immigration Reform Popular STEM USCIS Work Permits

U.S. Department of Justice Issues Guidance on an Employer’s Acceptance of Excess I-9 Documentation

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) is responsible for enforcing the antidiscrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act...more

9/26/2014

Employers: Are You at Risk for Immigration and I-9 Audits?

The Background - The Obama administration has attempted to attract and retain new and highly skilled talent to the United States, setting initiatives to allow foreign nationals working in the United States to remain...more

6/3/2014 - Audits Compliance I-9 Immigrants USCIS Visas

Comply Or Pay The Price: Why I-9 Noncompliance May Cost You Millions

The following overview of recent immigration-related penalties should convince companies to implement and maintain a solid I-9 completion and maintenance program. At the outset, program implementation requires investments of...more

5/19/2014 - Audits Compliance Enforcement Actions I-9 ICE Immigrants Visas

10 Practical Compliance Tips For Growing Companies

Florida companies need to be aware of the high risks and possible penalties, monetary and civil, of failing to comply with the federal laws that govern the documentation of newly-hired employees....more

5/7/2014 - Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues Employer Mandates Hiring & Firing I-9 ICE

Tips To Ready Employers When Immigration Agencies Come Knocking

Worksite enforcement actions for immigration-related matters are on the rise; the Obama Administration is emphasizing worksite compliance obligations; and immigration-related audits are increasing....more

5/7/2014 - Audits Best Management Practices DOL E-3 Employer Liability Issues Employer Mandates Enforcement Actions H-1B I-9 ICE Immigration Records L-1 Obama Administration Workplace Investigations

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