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Ramón E. Rivera

Partner

Ramón joined Mackenzie Hughes in 2001 as a partner with the firm.  His practice concentration involves immigration law, specifically employment, investment and family removal defense, as well as representing businesses with I-9 audits, physician national interest waivers, EB-5 and L-1 multinational visas and E-2 treaty investor visas.

 

PUBLISHED DECISIONS:

Matter of Obshatko, 27 I&N Dec. 173 (BIA 2017).

Whether a violation of a protection order renders an alien removable under section 237(a)(2)(E)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(E)(ii)(2012), is not governed by the categorical approach, even if a conviction underlies the charge; instead, an Immigration Judge should consider the probative and reliable evidence regarding what a State court has determined about an alien’s violation. Matter of Srydom, 25 I&N Dec. 507 (BIA 2011), clarified.

  • Counsel and assist corporate and individual clients with establishing U.S. branch offices, affiliates and subsidiaries
  • Counsel and assist businesses on U.S. employment and non-discrimination laws, I-9 compliance and worksite enforcement audits
  • Counsel and assist businesses and individuals to obtain employment and family based immigrant and non-immigrant visas
  • Counsel and assist local and nationally based hospitals and medical providers to obtain administrative waivers of the two-year home residence requirement for foreign physicians
  • Provide counsel to domestic and foreign based commercial entities with custom and trade related issues
  • Counsel foreign and domestic corporations with inter-company transfers of key personnel, executives, and multinational managers
  • Serve as lead counsel representing individuals charged with removal or inadmissibility in various federal administrative removal proceedings and U.S. district courts, land ports of entry, suppression hearings, motion practice; and prepare and file administrative appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals

Current:

  • Member of the firm’s Business Department
  • Court Appointed Chairperson of the NYS Fifth Judicial District Attorney Grievance Committee
  • Appointed to the NYS Fifth Judicial District Committee on Character and Fitness
  • Appointed to the “5th Judicial District Equal Justice For All Think Tank”, April, 2021
  • Lectured on immigration related topics involving business, investment, family, and removal defense for the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association, and private organizations
  • Trustee, Crouse Health Foundation
  • Member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association
  • Member of the Hispanic Bar Association
  • Member of the Hudson Valley Hispanic Bar Association
  • Member of the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
  • Member of the American Bar Association, International Law, Immigration, and Alternative Dispute Resolution sections
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law section
  • Member of the American Immigration Law Association (AILA)
  • Member of the Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member of the Spanish Action League and ACACIA Organization
  • Serves as judge for the Syracuse University College of Law Appellate Moot Court competitions

Prior:

  • Member of the Executive Committee
  • Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment/Immigration Law Group
  • American Civic Association Immigration Law Liaison
  • Authored, New DHA Rules Could Benefit CNY Farmers and the Military (Central New York Business Journal)
  • Authored, H-1B Employers: Are you Ready for Unannounced Site Audits? (Central New York Business Journal)
  • Authored, US CIS Commences Visa Audit, MANUFACTURING MATTERS (MACNY/Mfg. Assoc. of CNY)
  • Authored, What your Company Needs to Know About Immigration in Today’s Economic and Regulatory Environment (Thomsen/Aspatore)
  • Authored, Understanding the Importance of the Timely Filing of the Form I-9 (Central New York Business Journal)
  • Authored, Immigration Guidelines Add to Hiring Challenges (Central New York Business Journal)
  • Authored, Foreign Investors Could be Key Players in CNY (Central New York Business Journal)
  • Adjunct Professor, Syracuse University College of Law, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Law
  • Adjunct Professor, Syracuse University College Paralegal Studies Program, Torts
  • Keynote Speaker, The Bar Admission Ceremony for the Fourth Judicial Department, Rochester, New York (January 2019)
  • Recognized by The Central New York Business Journal as one of “40 under 40,” (2001)
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale Hubbell
  • Nominated to Who’s Who in American Law (Immigration Law – 2011)
  • Awarded the Syracuse University Chancellor’s Citation for Distinguished Achievement in Law (2011)
  • Selected to The National Advocates: Top 100 Immigration Lawyers, 2015-2018
  • Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale Hubbell, Client Distinction Award, awarded to top 1% of 900,000+ listed attorneys, 2013
  • Peer Nominated to Best Lawyers in America (Immigration Law – 2010 to present)
  • Peer Nominated “Top Attorney” New York, Connecticut and New Jersey (2010 – present)
  • Graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse, Class of 2001
  • Bachelor of Science, University of California, Philosophy
  • Juris Doctorate, Syracuse University College of Law
  • New York State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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US CIS Implements Filing Procedures in Response to the Coronavirus Health Crisis Intended to Minimize Potential Adverse Immigration Consequences

The Novel Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) pandemic has had a devastating impact resulting in potential adverse consequences for anyone seeking immigration benefits during this time. One significant action taken by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in response to this crisis involves considering applicant or petitioner responses to Requests for Evidence (“RFE”), Notices of…

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mackenzie Hughes LLP is proud to announce that seven of its attorneys have been named to the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Recognized for their work: Clayton H. Hale, Jr., tax; Stephen T. Helmer, commercial litigation, insurance law, personal…

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Eight Mackenzie Hughes Attorneys Recognized as “Best Lawyers in America”

Mackenzie Hughes LLP is proud to announce that eight of its attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Recognized for their work: Clayton H. Hale, Jr., Tax; Elizabeth A. Hartnett and Gay M. Pomeroy, Trusts and Estates; Stephen…

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Biden Immigration Bill

Two Key Features of President Biden’s U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021: President Biden sent a bill to Congress on his first day as President that would modernize our immigration laws. The bill creates an earned roadmap to citizenship for undocumented individuals by permitting them to apply for temporary legal status with the ability to apply…

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Immigration Blog

The Department of Labor (DOL) reissued a rule previously struck down by three federal courts finding that the agency had violated the Administrative Procedures Act by failing to show good cause in not providing the public notice and an opportunity to comment as required before expediting implementation of a final rule changing the way in which…

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US CIS Implements Filing Procedures in Response to the Coronavirus Health Crisis Intended to Minimize Potential Adverse Immigration Consequences

The Novel Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) pandemic has had a devastating impact resulting in potential adverse consequences for anyone seeking immigration benefits during this time. One significant action taken by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in response to this crisis involves considering applicant or petitioner responses to Requests for Evidence (“RFE”), Notices of…

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