Training and Education

Dunbar Harder, PLLC offers training and education in immigration law on location for our corporate clients.  This includes on-site seminars providing orientation for new employees, updates on immigration law developments and resource information for international employees.  Corporate training and educational programs usually are provided at no cost to our clients.  We would be pleased to discuss how your organization can best benefit from the training and educational programs we offer.  The following is a summary of the types of corporate on-site training provided.

Immigration Law Orientation and Updates for In-house Immigration Specialists

We provide personalized in-house training to company employees responsible for coordinating immigration services.  Whether the company’s current Immigration Specialist has significant experience in the field of immigration law or is beginning to learn the area, continuing educational programs offer value.  In-house training we offer covers the field from basic introductory programs to in-depth seminars reviewing legal trends, developments and emerging compliance program “best practices” that may affect the transfer of key personnel to the U.S. or decisions affecting the hiring of alien workers as local employees.

Training for In-house Immigration Specialists, Recruiters, Legal Staff and Others

Issues affecting recruitment of alien workers from universities in the U.S. or lateral hires from other employers are different from those involving transfers of key employees from affiliates abroad.  As a result, recruiters, legal staff and others within a company often encounter issues that are impacted by immigration law.  Since these workers often do not have immigration compliance as their primary function, leaving the office for a seminar on immigration law is not always practical or desirable.  For this reason, we offer in-house educational programs that provide an overview of the immigration process, identify emerging trends and explain how the company may be affected by immigration developments.

Related issues include performing self-audits of immigration law compliance programs.  These include Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, H-1B compliance and Alien Labor Certification program compliance.  Performing a self-audit of Form I-9 compliance, for example, serves to identify systemic problems and resolve them before a government audit results in potential civil fines.  Development of a comprehensive immigration compliance program is essential in view of the aggressive law enforcement policies currently being pursued by government regulators.

Educational Seminars for Alien Intracompany Transferees and Alien Local Employees

Alien employees often have many questions about their rights and responsibilities as a foreign person living in the United States.  These questions often involve issues such as employment eligibility for a spouse or child, driver’s license issues, educational opportunities for children or the permanent residency (“green card”) process.  To address these questions and concerns we offer in-house seminars to discuss issues in immigration law with the affected alien employees.

As a matter of organizational efficiency, most individual communications concerning the immigration process are channeled through the company’s Immigration Specialist.  By holding a seminar in-house, we are available to foreign staff members to directly respond to their concerns.  Often we find that making such direct contact reassures employees about their rights and responsibilities in the U.S. and is highly appreciated.  This is an additional resource available to companies and their employees, usually offered at no cost to the company.