Immigration Attorneys Hold Seminar to Discuss Worksite Enforcement

Dickinson Wright Immigration Attorneys Hold Seminar to Discuss Worksite Enforcement

Dickinson Wright PLLC experts in immigration law will present a seminar, "The Increasing Threat of Workplace Enforcement: Employer Defenses, Preventative I-9 Audits, E-Verify, Social Security No-Match Letters and other Current Immigration Issues " on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at Automation Alley in Troy, Michigan. Recently, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (known as ICE) has significantly increased the level and intensity of undercover worksite investigations and worksite enforcement raids. Dickinson Wright experts will address this increasing threat by providing insight into ICE intention/strategies and detailing advanced planning for protection of employers (i.e. preventative audits of employer's I-9 procedures; enrollment in the Employment Eligibility Verification program - E-verity; and response to Social Security No-Match Letters). This seminar also will feature updates on current immigration issues, including:
  • U.S. Citizens: International Travel Requirements -Passports, Passport Cards, Enhanced Driver's Licenses
  • Foreign Nationals: Advanced Permission to Travel to the USA - The Global Entry Program-ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization)
  • Foreign Nationals: Visa Processing Delays under PIMS (Petition Information Management Service)
  • Foreign Nationals: Limits on Driver's Licenses and U.S. Social Security Database Background Needs
  • Foreign Nationals: Immigration Consequences of a Drunk Driving Arrest
  • The seminar will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., preceded by an 8:30 a.m. breakfast. There is a $25 fee to attend, payable at the door. Automation Alley is located at 2675 Bellingham in Troy, Michigan. For more information, please contact Ms. Stephanie J. Johnson at, or at (313) 223-3007. About the Speakers Michael L. Volkov recently joined Dickinson Wright in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, practicing in the areas of white collar defense and government relations. He has more than 25 years experience practicing law in the District of Columbia, where he served for 22 years in a variety of positions in the federal government. Most recently, Mr. Volkov was appointed as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department's Office of Legislative Affairs. Before that, he served for five years on Capital Hill as the Chief Counsel for Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security for former Chairman James Sensenbrenner and later Ranking Member Lamar Smith of the House Judiciary Committee. He also was Chief Crime Counsel for former Chairman Orrin Hatch on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mr. Volkov was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia for 16 years and was a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division for five years. Elise S. Levasseur provides counsel to companies in all areas of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, including those seeking employment of foreign nationals in the H-1B visa category who have attained the level of a Bachelor's Degree by virtue of work experience, and assists those encountering USCIS resistance to admission to the U.S. of Canadian or Mexican nationals under NAFTA. Ms. Levasseur also counsels foreign national physicians seeking H-1B or O-1 classification, and new businesses seeking transfer of key personnel. She provides counsel on I-9 Compliance, Audits and Settlement of Fines. She provides counsel to U.S. employers seeking Alien Labor Certification under PERM. She also represents major corporations encountering U.S. State Department resistance to issuance of E, L or H visas. James G. Aldrich specializes in a full range of immigration matters, including B, H-1B, H-2B, E, F, J, K, L, O and Q visas, Labor Certification and "Green Card" applications, and citizenship matters. He also provides counsel to closely held and family businesses in the areas of corporate, international and business planning. He has assisted clients in Europe, South America, Canada, Mexico the Middle East and Asia, as well as those located in the United States. He coordinates reverse-trade missions for Chinese businesses seeking investment opportunities in the United States and has presented on U.S. immigration issues to Chinese business and government groups in Shanghai, Guiyang, Anshun and Zunyi regarding visas available through investing in the United States. He is a frequent writer and speaker on immigration topics. Larry J. Stringer counsels companies on all aspects of the international movement of personnel, including inbound and outbound work-authorized visas in nonimmigrant (temporary) and immigrant (permanent or green card) status. He provides counsel on immigration consequences of mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructuring, including strategic planning, due diligence and maintaining post transaction work authorizations of foreign nationals. He also handles employment eligibility and employer sanctions, including Forms I-9 audits and the defense of employer sanction investigations and charges. For more information about Dickinson Wright PLLC, please visit
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