TITLE OF SESSION
Let Me In, Immigration Man
1. How to spot situations where there are immigration issues, from visas to I-9s.
2. What to do when you spot those issues/ what can be handled in-house and when do you need to get help.
3. Setting an immigration policy for your organization.
This program is designed specifically for the HR professional with the objective of providing a basic to intermediate background in some of the most important immigration related matters that arise in an employment environment. The effects of immigration law are pervasive in daily business practice and have some impact on every employee in the U.S. workforce.
From an initial hire's completion of the I-9 form to the understanding of when a visa might be necessary, the HR professional will interact with immigration law in the performance of his/her duties. There is no avoiding it.
When confronted with these issues, the HR professional needs to be able to recognize if there is an issue/problem, how to deal with it, and when to seek the assistance of an immigration expert. This program provides that direction, along with substantive information on nonimmigrant visas, green cards, and I-9s.
The most useful employment based nonimmigrant visas are the H-1B specialty occupation, L-1 intracompany transferee, and TN Trade NAFTA. This program will describe each visa's purpose, requirements, and important issues regarding their use and availability. Each one has different attributes that make one better than another depending on the particular circumstances of the employee/candidate. An HR professional who has basic knowledge of these visa categories will be in a good position to know when an employee or candidate will need to address these alternatives.
A foreign national employee/candidate will frequently have the "green card" (permanent residency) as an objective. In some instances, that will be a more important objective than performing well in their position. An astute HR professional needs to know enough about the process and pitfalls to be able to counsel both management and the employee. This process will usually involve work with immigration attorneys, however, the employer's representative will need to know about how the process works and what is involved.
Creating an immigration policy may be a wise move for particular businesses. It can help direct a common practice and strategy. It can reflect specific objectives of the business. It may be that the business chooses to avoid developing such a policy. Making an informed decision on the best course for each business is important.
At this time, most HR professionals have some knowledge and familiarity with the I-9 form, however, there are persistent problems and issues about which everyone needs to be wary. These matters will be addressed in this presentation.
Michael Sharon, co-founder of the immigration law firm Sharon & Kalnoki LLC, has practiced solely in the field of Immigration Law since 1985 and has accumulated experience in nearly all aspects of immigration law, with a heavy focus on employment based immigration. On a daily basis, he represents employers and individuals before the USCIS and the DOL. Over the years, he has published articles and has lectured on various aspects of immigration law before organizations ranging from the American Immigration Lawyers Association to the Ohio Society for Human Resource Management.
Mr. Sharon's major interests in immigration law include both employment and family based immigration. He is most experienced with complex employment based immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, and adjustment of status issues.
Ohio Super Lawyers magazine has selected Mr. Sharon as a "Super Lawyer" annually since 2006. He has also been chosen as a "Leading Lawyer" by Inside Business magazine since 2004.
Martindale-Hubbell (est. 1868) has bestowed its highest "AV" ranking upon Mr. Sharon, with a perfect 5.0 Preeminent rating. The AV Preeminent rating is a significant accomplishment and is a testimonial from his attorney peers who rank him at the highest level of professional excellence, with the highest ranking in legal ability and ethical standards.
Avvo, an online tool for rating qualified attorneys, awarded Mr. Sharon their highest possible ranking, a perfect 10.0 Superb in addition to their Clients' Choice Top Contributor awards. The ratings are based upon an evaluation of an attorney's background and credentials.
Mr. Sharon is an Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches Business Immigration Law. He is one of the only people in the country teaching this course in law schools.
A graduate of Bowdoin College (A.B. 1979) and Case Western Reserve University (J.D. 1982), Mr. Sharon is licensed to practice in Ohio and authorized to practice Federal Immigration Law throughout the USA.