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
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
American Immigration Lawyers Association
State Bar of Wisconsin
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