Sr Americas Immigration Specialist

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Amazon is seeking a Sr Americas Immigration Specialist to support the needs of our growing organization. This critical role will work throughout the Americas region (all countries except for the US, with the highest volume in Canada but work in established and emerging LatAM markets including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico). This work will focus on stakeholder engagement to ensure service levels meet their needs, and will have a particular and heavy focus on vendor engagement and process improvement and standardization across the region. The role includes legally complex immigration work for the region, including analyses and filing strategies for entity restructures, M&A and in-country expansion filing strategies, creation of processes and strategies to ensure immigration compliance, impact assessments and response strategies to new policy memos or regulations. This role will partner with other peers on the Global Immigration Team to support multiple immigration projects designed to operationalize policy memos; create tracking mechanisms and other dashboards that measure overall health of programs, such as cycle times, usage of various visa categories, and support of displaced employees; standardization and consistent application of NOC codes across categories (Canada) and job descriptions/requirements. The ideal candidate will sit in Toronto or Vancouver but other locations may be considered.

Responsibilities include:
• Hands on leader with proven track record of transforming immigration processes and programs
• Understand current state of system, processes, and Americas (particular emphasis on Canada) immigration policy and regulations
• Continually identify areas of redundancy or no-value add to ensure process, procedure, and staffing optimization
• Administer complex immigration projects and programs, which could include LMIA, GTS, Reciprocal Exchange category
• Create tracking mechanisms and other dashboards that measure overall health of programs, such as cycle times, use of GTS and LMIA, PNP and Canada Experience Class, and immigration categories in other Americas country, to provide support to displaced employees
• Benchmark with other similarly situated companies through industry advocacy orgs such as CFGI, CERC, or ERC
• Work with senior leadership within Amazon’s Global Immigration Team, Legal, Public Policy, PR to review and understand impact of immigration changes and develop associated processes or filing strategies as needed
• Educate managers and business partners on employee Canada immigration concerns, strategies, and guidelines

• Mentor other Immigration Specialists on the larger team, particularly in program and project management, and provide stretch opportunities where appropriate based on interest/skill

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit


• Bachelor’s degree in a related field (such as HR or Law)

• 8-10+ years of Canada immigration experience, either within a law firm (such as a supervising paralegal or managing attorney with responsibility for immigration petition preparation/filings) or in-house in an organization with a significant volume of immigration-supported employees or in a recruiting or HR role with heavy Canada immigration involvement

• 5+ years of experience in managing complex immigration projects


• Law degree or Master’s degree in related field (such as HR, MBA)

• 10+ years of high volume business immigration experience with heavy emphasis on program management, continuous improvement, project management

• Successful record of building, improving, and running operational business processes in Canada, ability to drive program effectiveness and high levels of customer satisfaction

• Experience identifying and resolving complex issues, assuming leadership roles in unfamiliar or ambiguous circumstances – solid sense of accountability and sound personal judgment

• Experience with LatAm immigration

• Excellent written and verbal communications – ability to interface with all levels of the organization