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Mónica Santa María

Special Counsel
Madison
608.284.2624608.284.2624
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Mónica Santa María is a member of the Labor, Employment & Immigration Practice Group in the firm’s Madison office, focusing her practice on strategies and compliance for hiring international personnel. Mónica works closely with businesses seeking temporary work authorization for foreign national workers including E, H-1B, J-1, L-1, TN and O-1 nonimmigrant status, advises both businesses and individuals on the various processes available for obtaining immigrant status (legal permanent residence), and on collateral issues affecting foreign nationals such as obtaining a Social Security Number or Driver’s license.

Mónica’s recent experience includes:

  • Counseling employers on the PERM Labor Certification process
  • Preparing employment-based and family-based immigrant petitions and applications for legal permanent residence
  • Preparing petitions for nonimmigrant status
  • Counseling  employers on Form I-9 compliance, including assisting in I-9 audits
  • Counseling employers on E-Verify
  • Counseling employers on hiring-related discrimination issues
  • Responding to Department of Labor PERM audits, responding to Citizenship & Immigration Services Requests for Evidence, and appealing a benefit denial.

Mónica also has Immigration Court litigation experience gained through her pro bono services.

Admitted To Practice

Wisconsin - 2008

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Professional Associations

American Immigration Lawyers Association
State Bar of Wisconsin

Blog Posts

USCIS to issue redesigned green cards and EADsApril 24, 2017All In A Day's Work | Immigration | Blog
Executive Order calls for review and reform in the H-1B programApril 20, 2017All In A Day's Work | Immigration | Blog
USCIS announces completion of H-1B cap lottery process on April 11, 2017April 18, 2017All In A Day's Work | Immigration | Blog
USCIS releases new I-9 form – new version must be used by Jan. 22, 2017November 28, 2016All In A Day's Work | Immigration | Blog
USCIS application and petition fee increases to take effect Dec. 23November 18, 2016All In A Day's Work | Immigration | Blog
H-1B worker "benching"September 30, 2016All In A Day's Work | Employment | Immigration | Blog
Back pay award reinforces importance of notifying USCIS upon H-1B worker termination or resignationAugust 09, 2016All In A Day's Work | Immigration | Labor | Wage and Hour | Blog
DHS issues final rule on STEM OPT extension provisionsMarch 10, 2016All In A Day's Work | Employment | Blog
President Obama’s Executive Orders on immigration – interagency cooperation and DOL initiativesNovember 24, 2014All In A Day's Work | Employment | Immigration | Labor | Blog
President Obama’s Executive Orders on immigration – USCIS initiativesNovember 24, 2014All In A Day's Work | Employment | Immigration | Labor | Blog
H-1B Visa cap petitions for fiscal year 2015January 22, 2014All In A Day's Work | Employment | Immigration | Blog
E-verify – USCIS now able to “lock” certain social security numbersNovember 21, 2013All In A Day's Work | Employment | Immigration | Blog
Employment verification process has pitfalls even in the absence of unauthorized workersJanuary 17, 2013All In A Day's Work | Discrimination and Harassment | Employment | Immigration | Blog
Social security no-match letters — they’re backMay 10, 2011All In A Day's Work | Employment | Immigration | Blog

Education

Juris Doctor, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2008, cum laude and Order of the Coif

Master of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,1998

Bachelor of Arts, Princeton University,1995

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One East Main Street
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Madison, WI
53703-3300
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