Mercedes Badia-Tavas gives authorized and enterprise steerage to shoppers on a broad vary of immigration regulation circumstances, with give attention to Fortune 500 and small firms alike. Mercedes helps her agency’s places of work and shoppers throughout numerous states on immigration employment transfers and up-to-date compliance.
As an immigrant herself, Mercedes finds explicit success in serving to firms and people immigrate to the USA and take part within the American dream by startups and enterprise transactions that can also profit the U.S. financial system.
Mercedes attributes a lot of her follow right this moment to her dedication to resourcefulness from years of expertise, meticulous preparation and group abilities. This entails a radical understanding of her shopper’s business, operations, tradition, practices and monetary targets with a purpose to lay out real looking expectations and different methods, as wanted. Mercedes believes in being organized in her method and documentation as a manner of serving to her shoppers handle prices. She and her staff are dedicated to using systems-driven monitoring, well timed updates and follow-ups with shoppers, and being pragmatic when surprising points come up.
Mercedes advises on a variety of employment-based immigration wants, together with short-term (nonimmigrant) and everlasting (immigrant) visas for executives, managers, traders, professionals, aliens of extraordinary potential, and important, specialised and expert employees. She works hand-in-hand with shoppers on their company world mobility insurance policies and compliance documentation relating to sponsoring overseas nationals for employment-based visa classifications. She is recurrently concerned in I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification (EEV) and H-1B Labor Situation Utility compliance.
Mercedes additionally gives in-house and on-site coaching on immigration planning for personnel transfers, immigration-related due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, consular functions, and naturalization and citizenship initiatives. She guides shoppers by inner immigration program administration and monitoring, and trains human useful resource personnel and different managers on the evolving areas of immigration regulation and sensible integration of immigration insurance policies, procedures and compliance statutes to on a regular basis enterprise operations.
Born in Cuba and bilingual in Spanish and English, Mercedes has honest compassion for and sensitivity to her shoppers, keenly conscious of the authorized land mines and tedious pathways they might navigate by the U.S. immigration system. Whether or not Mercedes is advising on an immigration matter for a person relocating from overseas, transferring inside the U.S. from one other employer, getting into the U.S. workforce from pupil standing, seeking to construct a U.S. enterprise or somebody a part of a cultural alternate program, she gives her expertise with the identical robust zeal and dedication towards the perfect end result.
Notably, Mercedes has been featured on NPR and Spanish-language broadcasts on immigration subjects, a lot of which included viewers call-ins. Previous to becoming a member of Barnes & Thornburg, Mercedes had constructed her personal authorized follow over 9 years because the founding accomplice of Badia-Tavas Regulation Group, representing comparable classes of shoppers she now providers, with a bit extra particular person and family-type immigration circumstances concerned. She has traveled and lived all through Latin America.