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John A. Hill

Shareholder Columbia

John Hill is a shareholder in the Firm's immigration practice group.

Mr. Hill has more than 27 years of experience in handling immigration matters for corporations and foreign investors. He helps large and small corporations acquire employment-based visas for key employees so they will be authorized for employment in the United States.  His experience includes obtaining temporary, nonimmigrant “work visas” in the E-1, E-2, E-3, L-1, H-1B, TN, J-1, Q-1, O-1, and Blanket L categories and permanent immigrant visas (commonly referred to as “green cards”) based on the multinational executive and manager, investment, PERM labor certification, national interest waiver, extraordinary person, professional employee, and professor/researcher strategies. In addition, Mr. Hill assists U.S. employers with global and outbound employment-based immigration matters.

Mr. Hill also counsels businesses in I-9 employment eligibility issues, including self-audits, E-Verify, government investigations, and preparation of compliance programs.

In addition to his extensive immigration experience, Mr. Hill provides counsel regarding general corporate matters for foreign-owned corporations doing business in the United States and U.S. businesses engaging in export transactions. From 1986 to 1988, Mr. Hill worked for the International Trade Administration and the Bureau of Export Administration of the U.S. Commerce Department in Washington, D.C.


Experience

Mr. Hill counsels employers and individuals regarding all aspects of their business immigration needs including inbound and outbound employment-based immigration issues. Matters that Mr. Hill has handled include:

  • Securing temporary “work visas” and “green cards” for the foreign managers and engineers at all North American locations of a European-based multinational automotive parts manufacturer.
  • Assisting a German-owned manufacturer of electric components to establish a manufacturing facility in the United States and handling follow-up corporate and immigration matters on an ongoing basis.
  • Representing a large Belgian-owned high-tech company in arranging visas to transfer key personnel from its foreign affiliates to subsidiaries located throughout the United States.
  • Drafting and negotiating foreign distributorship agreements for the export of construction products from the United States to Japan and Thailand.
  • Assisting a large U.S. textile manufacturer in preparing an employment eligibility compliance program and related corporate policies to achieve improved I-9 compliance and defend against government investigations.
  • Planning immigration strategy for a Canadian manufacturer expanding into the United States.
  • Handling all United States and global immigration issues for a U.S.-based multinational manufacturer with more than 200 locations worldwide.
  • Advising a national retail chain regarding on-going I-9 compliance issues including establishment of internal policies and standard operating procedures for human resources personnel, and resolving government I-9 investigations.
  • Representing a Swedish based manufacturer of industrial products to plan U.S. immigration strategy and obtain temporary “work visas” and “green cards” for its foreign managers and engineers transferred to divisions located throughout North America.
  • Helping foreign investors incorporate and establish small businesses in the United States and obtain appropriate visas to operate the company.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (active member of Carolinas Chapter)
  • Committee of 100 of the Central Carolina Economic Development Alliance (former Chair of International Business Development Committee)
  • Columbia World Affairs Council (Founding Member)
  • South Carolina Bar (International Law Committee)
  • State Bar of Georgia (Immigration Committee)

Speeches:

  • WCI Human Resources Leadership Seminar (Sponsored by WCI Inc.) - ''Business Immigration: Overview and Developments'' - Hickory - November 13, 2014
  • WCI Human Resources Leadership Seminar (Sponsored by WCI Inc.) - ''Business Immigration: Overview and Developments'' - Asheville - November 11, 2014
  • Employee Relations Law Series (sponsored by Midlands Technical College Corporate and Continuing Education and the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce) - ''Business Immigration: Overview and Recent Developments'' - Columbia - April 08, 2010
  • University of South Carolina International MBA student organization - ''Visa Options Under the Immigration Act'' - Columbia - February 05, 2010
  • Legal Update Seminar, sponsored by Charlotte SHRM Chapter - ''Immigration Update'' - Charlotte - January 11, 2010
  • Employee Relations Law Series (sponsored by Midlands Technical College Corporate and Continuing Education and the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce) - ''Business Immigration: Overview and Recent Developments'' - Columbia - July 09, 2009
  • Labor and Employment Law – 2009 and Beyond, sponsored by S.C. Chamber of Commerce - ''Immigration Reform'' - Columbia - April 14, 2009
  • Employment Law Update in South Carolina seminar, sponsored by Sterling Education Services - ''Immigration Compliance in the Workplace'' - Columbia - January 28, 2009
  • Immigration Law & Employer Compliance Seminar, sponsored by Lorman Educational Services - ''Employer I-9 Compliance and Social Security Mismatch Letters'' - Columbia - December 10, 2008
  • University of South Carolina International MBA student organization - ''Visa Options Under the Immigration Act'' - Columbia - November 14, 2008
  • Employee Relations Law Series (sponsored by Midlands Technical College Corporate and Continuing Education and the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce) - ''Business Immigration: Overview and Recent Developments'' - Columbia - July 10, 2008
  • WCI Human Resources Forum, sponsored by WCI Employer Association - ''Immigration Compliance Update'' - Asheville - May 21, 2008
  • The Business of Labor Seminar, sponsored by South Carolina Nursery & Landscapers Association - ''Immigration Update'' - Columbia - November 29, 2007
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Immigration Update & the New No-Match Regulations'' - Birmingham - November 15, 2007
  • SC/NC ILG Spring Conference, sponsored by South Carolina/North Carolina Industry Liaison Group - ''Immigration Update'' - Columbia - May 16, 2007

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Media Quotes

2005 - Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce - "Where Have All the Baby Boomers Gone (Why We Need Immigrants to Bridge the Labor Gap)"
1997 - Legal Issues for Investors in South Carolina - "Temporary Nonimmigrant Visas"
1997 - Legal Issues for Investors in South Carolina - "Qualifications To Do Business In South Carolina"

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