Business Owners & Immigration
Immigration Attorneys serving clients in Dallas | Fort Worth | Houston | Bedford | Arlington | Grand Prairie | Weatherford and Throughout Texas
At Bailey & Galyen, our attorneys offer legal advice and representation for owners and managers of businesses seeking solutions for a wide variety of immigration issues from obtaining employee visas, to legal counsel on employee verification, contractor and sub-contractor liability to corporate compliance with immigration regulations.
Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, immigration law was amended, making it illegal to knowingly recruit or hire unauthorized aliens without proper work authorization. Employers were required to examine documentation, to verify that an employee was not an unauthorized alien and to attest that the alien’s employment complied with the law.
With the advent of advanced computer technology along with the wake of 9/11, State and Federal Government actions have stepped up in regards to scrutinizing and tracking immigration documentation and enforcement of immigration law. Work raids, investigations and sanctions are frequently being used. More and more businesses and corporations are requiring legal assistance from an immigration lawyer to protect business activities. Putting preventative measures in place and ensuring compliance with federal immigration as well as state and local laws has become part of the due diligence to safeguard a profitable business. While the threat of criminal prosecution weighs heavily with the federal government, state and local governments impact businesses by revoking business licenses, which halts business operations in their area.
Federal Immigration Law & Enforcement Agencies
Federal agencies involved in immigration law enforcement include the following:
- ICE – Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- DHS – Department of Homeland Security
- USCIS – United States Citizenship & Immigration Services
- SSA – Social Security Administration
An immigration lawyer assists businesses in dealing with federally regulated activities by reviewing the legal status of immigrant employees through Social Security no match letters, I-9 audits and E-Verification as well as by creating immigration corporate compliance programs and emergency plans in the event of raids or investigations initiated by federal agencies.
Immigration Legal Services for Businesses
Here are some of the legal services our immigration attorneys provide to businesses:
Review of Social Security no ”match” letters
According to the Social Security Administration, ”After SSA processes the wage reports submitted by the employers, we attempt to resolve items that cannot be matched by sending letters to employees, employers and self-employed individuals to inform them when a reported name or SSN does not match SSA’s records. These letters are referred to as ”no-match” letters and their purpose is to obtain corrected information to help SSA identify the individual to whom the earnings belong so that the earnings can be posted to the individual’s earnings record.” Our attorneys review and offer legal advice regarding the receipt of no match letters.
I-9 Internal Audits
I-9 forms are the required documentation to verify identity and eligibility of an employee to work in the U.S. Our lawyers conduct I-9 internal audits to ensure validity of I-9 forms.
Basic Pilot Program (E-Verification)
The Basic Pilot Program (E-Verification) is according to the DHS, ”Pilot/Employment Eligibility Verification Program) is an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.” Our law firm assists clients with E-Verification.
Independent Contractor and Subcontractor Liabilities
Liabilities arise out of employing unauthorized workers through independent contractors and subcontractors who use unauthorized workers to meet contract obligations. An immigration lawyer can revise employment, independent contractor and subcontractor agreements to help safeguard your corporation against this liability.
Immigration Corporate Compliance Program
Implementation of an immigration corporate compliance program would identify potential areas of risk and liability as well as provide solutions. In the event of a legal crisis, the corporation would be protected from the likelihood of extremely harsh penalties and strict sentences. Part of the compliance program may involve revising or re-writing employment procedures and policies.
Contact Skilled Texas Immigration Lawyers
For your convenience, we answer our phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged upon request. To set up a free initial consultation, email us. Se habla Español.