Foley & Mansfield provides sophisticated, nationwide employment-based immigration services to public and privately-held businesses of all sizes, including foreign companies with a U.S. presence.
Our Immigration team provides thoughtful guidance and aggressive representation in all aspects of compliance, employee visa and naturalization actions. With our national reach, we offer creative, cost-effective legal solutions to the most complicated U.S. immigration and nationality law issues impacting employers throughout the U.S.
I-9 Compliance and Worksite Enforcement
All employers in the U.S. are required to prepare and retain a Form I-9 employment eligibility verification form, for each employee. Increasingly, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is auditing Forms I-9 and related documents, often levying steep penalties for violations – unintentional or otherwise. It is critical that all employers are well-versed in I-9 compliance, regardless of whether they hire foreign nationals.
I-9 Audits: We offer a variety of preemptive self-audit services, with a proactive approach that helps protect your business from the possibility of fines and other negative consequences. In the event your business is audited by ICE, we are well versed in maneuvering through the process – from the initial Notice of Inspection to penalty negotiations, and throughout any necessary court proceedings.
Policies, Procedures and Training: We work with clients to develop clear, compliant I-9 policies and procedures that minimize risk. Additionally, we can work with your Human Resources department to ensure proper training in I-9 preparation and retention.
Mergers and Acquisitions Due Diligence Support: Immigration is an important, but often overlooked aspect of merger and acquisition transactions. The I-9s of any company being acquired should be reviewed in advance to ensure that no potential liability is being transferred to a purchaser. We review documentation and advise clients and attorneys in regards to pertinent immigration issues during the due diligence phase to help avoid unanticipated negative consequences.
E-Verify Federal Contracts: Employers engaged in federal contract work may be obligated to enroll in E-Verify as a condition of their agreement. We assist businesses in determining which federal requirements may apply to projects, and in developing a strategy to comply with and best utilize the E-Verify program.
Many companies depend on the ability to attract and retain the services of qualified foreign-national employees. We assist businesses in identifying and obtaining the necessary employment authorization for critical foreign-born employees, including skilled laborers and professionals with (post-) graduate degrees. We guide your business throughout the complex visa application and interview process.
Foley & Mansfield also handles applications for select foreign-born individuals with a business need for, or personal interest in, obtaining U.S. citizenship.