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Epstein Becker Green's Immigration Law Group advises health care and life science organizations on the full range of issues concerning U.S. and foreign immigration laws, including securing visas and work permits for new employees, counseling on the best practices for satisfying compliance obligations, and defending against government employer sanctions and worksite enforcement actions. By leveraging Epstein Becker Green's international affiliation network, the Immigration Law Group has developed an emigration program to assist U.S. health care and life science organizations in transferring employees to foreign countries.

Epstein Becker Green provides immigration services to almost all sectors of the health care industry, including major academic medical centers, ambulatory care facilities, biotechnology companies, financial institutions, health insurers, hospital and health multinational systems, long-term care providers, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and physicians groups. Our services include:

  • Helping health care providers recover "PRUCOL" reimbursements where permitted by state law
  • Advising clients on the best recruitment strategies for foreign nationals as they prepare to satisfy the demands for health care personnel under the health reform legislation of 2010
  • Counseling clients on the short- and long-term implications of hiring foreign nationals, and helping them develop and implement policies that manage the organizational risks in this area
  • Working with health care facilities and employers to prepare and file the application materials, secure the visa certification documentation, and/or obtain the other documentation, necessary to hire and retain foreign doctors, nurses, and other health care workers
  • Assisting clients in satisfying the licensing, credentialing, and health care certification requirements under the immigration laws, and tracking the expiration dates so that the organizations can ensure compliance with immigration and other legal requirements
  • Using Epstein Becker Green's case management system to assist clients in tracking the expiration dates for employee visas and employment authorization
  • Helping clients to secure the visas necessary to facilitate "medical tourism" in the United States and abroad
  • Counseling clients about the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), including employer sanctions, recordkeeping, and antidiscrimination provisions
  • Working with organizations to implement "Best Practices" that will enable them to avoid worksite enforcement liability
  • Training human resource personnel on how to properly complete the Form I-9, and assisting them with the audits recommended by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) to avoid violations
  • Advising employers on the immigration-related requirements associated with outsourcing organizational functions to vendors or hiring independent contractors
  • Drafting contracts required to protect health care and life science organizations from governmental worksite enforcement liability associated with the use of independent contractors
  • Counseling health care and life science organizations regarding the immigration and worksite enforcement responsibilities necessary to secure and/or retain government contracts under Executive Order 13465, issued on June 6, 2008
  • Advising clients on how to develop and implement policies and procedures required to document their workforce and avoid ICE worksite enforcement actions
  • Defending employers against complaints for alleged violations of recordkeeping, worksite enforcement, and anti-discrimination regulations
  • Advising employers on issues regarding employee work authorization
  • Representing health care and life science organizations in litigation involving issues that arise under immigration laws