Pamela J. Mak

McLean,  VA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Business Immigration & Compliance
  • Life Sciences & Medical Technology
Contact InfoTelephone: 703.749.1363
Fax: 703.749.1301
University Temple University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1980
Law SchoolVillanova University School of Law, J.D., 1984
Admitted1985, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. (Not admitted in Virginia)
Memberships District of Columbia Bar; Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations.

LanguagesChinese, Conversational

Pam Mak focuses her practice on global immigration, including all areas of immigration and nationality law for domestic and foreign organizations seeking temporary U.S. visas, permanent residence ("Green Card") and U.S. Citizenship for their foreign national employees. She has extensive experience in evaluating the impact of mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations in the global marketplace.

Based upon Pam's more than 25 years of experience with immigration trends, policies and numerous government agencies, she has developed access to key resources to provide effective and efficient counsel to many Fortune 500 organizations on corporate compliance matters and global migration needs. Pam has also delivered corporate training programs and developed corporate immigration policies, procedures and best practices for implementation. She has appeared in proceedings in offices of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) throughout the U.S. With her knowledge of the organizational structure and key personnel at many agencies, the history behind key immigration issues and her effective liaison skills, Pam is an exceptional advocate for her clients on key immigration issues with headquarters, district and field offices of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), U.S. Department of State (DOS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Special Counsel for Unfair Immigration-Related Practices, the Social Security Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and many other federal, state and foreign agencies involved in immigration-related matters.

Areas of Concentration

· Temporary nonimmigrant visas including professional (H-1B) visas, intracompany transferee (L-1) visas, treaty trader/investor (E-1/E-2) visas, student (F-1) visas, exchange visitor (J-1) visas; extraordinary ability (O-1) visas and TN (Canadian professional) work authorization

· Corporate planning of both permanent and temporary international transfers of personnel for multinational corporations in academic, consulting, engineering, financial, healthcare, legal, manufacturing, nonprofit, pharmaceutical, retail, scientific research, service, technology

· Obtaining temporary nonimmigrant visas and Permanent Residence based upon family relationships

· Advice regarding immigration-related provisions in employment agreements

· Obtaining outbound visas in countries such as Argentina, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom

Professional & Community Involvement

· Member, American Bar Association

· Member, District of Columbia Bar

· Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association

Publications & Presentations

Articles, Lectures & Publications

Pam is a speaker at conferences for organizations such as the Employee Relocation Council, the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce and Federal Publications Seminars LLC on immigration topics to include employment, taxation and globalization concerns such as Avoiding Immigration Liability in Hiring and Discharging Foreign Nationals, I-9 Employment Verification by Employers, Implementing the Immigration Act, Immigration Strategies for Human Resources Planners; The Law and the Hiring of Foreign Nationals; Immigration & Tax Treatment of Foreign Nationals; Optimal Strategies for a Toughening Situation; and a U.S. Business Immigration Workshop. She has also authored a white paper,Avoiding Immigration Liability for a Contractor's Immigration Violations.


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How the U.S. Government Shutdown Affects Employers and their Foreign National Workforce
Pamela J. Mak,Rebecca B. Schechter, October 8, 2013
As we head into week two with no end in sight to the congressional impasse, the effects of the federal government’s shutdown continue to take a toll on private industry. For employers, it is important for hiring leaders and human resources professionals to take note of how the non-operation...

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Pamela J. Mak

1750 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 1200
McLeanVA 22102


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