Lori Chesser, chair of the Immigration Department, led a seminar for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on Thursday, July 25.
Given the increased investigation focus from immigration-related federal agencies, the seminar was designed to provide participants with a guide to reviewing their clients’ processes, procedures, and documents to assure compliance with applicable laws.
The panelists covered issues in hiring and on-boarding, I-9 completion and storage, public access file compliance for H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 visas, and PERM document retention. Also discussed was how to prepare employers for visits from law enforcement and investigating agencies and how to manage document release in compliance with privacy laws.
The seminar focused on educating other immigration lawyers on how to serve their clients’ needs by conducting compliance audits. Co-presenters included AILA Vice-President Allen Orr, Orr Immigration, and Lindsay Chichester Koren, Darden Restaurants, who is also Chair of the AILA Publications Committee.
Lori is immediate past chair of AILA’s Worksite Verification and Documentation Committee and continues this year as a member of the committee. The committee is focused on forming liaisons with government agencies to provide accurate guidance to immigration lawyers and their clients on worksite verification and documentation.