Pamela J. Mak focuses her practice on global immigration, including all areas of immigration and nationality law for domestic and foreign organizations seeking temporary visas, permanent residence (Green Card) and citizenship for their foreign national employees. She has extensive experience in evaluating the impact of mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations in the global marketplace and developing optimal strategies.
Based upon Pam’s nearly 30 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 major immigration trends and her effective liaison skills, Pam is an exceptional and strategic advocate for her clients on 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 and many other federal, state and foreign agencies involved in immigration-related matters.
Areas of Concentration
• Temporary nonimmigrant visas including professional (H-1B) visas, intra-company 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
• Strategic corporate planning for permanent and temporary international transfers of personnel for multinational employers in academic, engineering, financial, health care, legal, manufacturing, nonprofit, pharmaceutical, retail, scientific research, service and technology fields
• Obtaining family-related immigration benefits including temporary nonimmigrant visas and Permanent Residence
• Providing advice in employment agreements regarding immigration-related benefits
• Handling outbound immigration matters for countries such as Australia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Qatar, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago and the United Kingdom
Awards & Recognition
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Labor and Employment - Immigration, 2014
Articles, Publications, & Lectures
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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