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Ramon E. Rivera

Partner

Ramon 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.

  • 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 Executive Committee and 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

Prior:

  • Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment/Immigration Law Group
  • Co-President Onondaga County Spanish Action League
  • 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

News

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

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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Mackenzie Hughes Partner to Receive the Chancellor’s Citation for Distinguished Achievement from Syracuse University

In recognition of Syracuse University alumni “who have attained unusual success in their chosen careers,” Ramon Rivera, an immigration attorney and partner at Mackenzie Hughes LLP, will receive the Chancellor’s Citation for Distinguished Achievement for his work in law. The award will be presented at the gala dinner dance during Coming Back Together X, a…

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OPT/CPT Training for Foreign Nationals

Foreign nationals enrolled in F-1 student status have the option of working in the United States by engaging in practical training during their academic program, or upon completing their program.  Practical training can provide valuable work experience by sharpening and adding to the skill set students acquire while enrolled in school.  There are two types…

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The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration – Related Unfair Employment Practices issues guidance on employment of F-1 student visa holders.

On April 30, 2014, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration – Related Unfair Employment Practices (“OSC”) issued a technical assistance letter in response to an inquiry regarding employment of F-1 student visa holders. Specifically, the question was whether or not an employer could decline to consider a job applicant who was in F-1 student…

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