Practice Areas

Business Immigration

Our Immigration Practice Group is internationally renowned for delivering innovative and effective solutions to meet the U.S. Immigration and Global Immigration needs of our clients around the world. Our immigration team of over 80 professionals includes more than 25 attorneys dedicated to the practice of immigration law. Known for our collaborative, accessible environment, we offer clients the benefit of our collective experience to create customized immigration programs that reflect the very latest developments in immigration law. Our clients span a broad range of industry sectors including Automotive, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical, Digital Media, Entertainment, Financial Services and Consulting, Gaming, Food and Beverage, Health and Nutrition, Hospitality, Information Technology, and Luxury Goods.

The Practice Group is large enough to represent institutions with significant foreign national populations, while nurturing our valued client relationships. Our strategic approach to client representation is attorney-driven, and each Gibney professional is committed to delivering personalized counsel and legal representation of the highest quality to all of our clients, whether large multinational corporations, start-up companies, private clients such as entrepreneurs and investors interested in the EB-5 program, and family based immigrants.

Our practice is particularly focused on immigration compliance in each jurisdiction. We provide clients with the training and technology to meet the challenges of an enforcement environment. Throughout the hiring and employment process and in conjunction with Gibney Onboarding Services, LLC we can advise on the legal, technology and administrative challenges relating to worksite compliance, including Form I-9 and E-Verify. We create and disseminate Client Alerts providing relevant legal and policy updates, and we provide clients customized on-site educational programs to ensure adoption of best practices and strategies. We offer access to our web portal (the “Gibney OWL”) for case status and updates, and an online resource to provide information regarding global business visa and work permit requirements and processing times (“Ask Gibney”).

As a full service law firm, our Immigration Practice Group provides a coordinated approach with other practices at Gibney to offer a range of interdisciplinary legal services. Our clients have access to Gibney’s full range of legal services. Corporate personnel and foreign nationals may obtain advice in areas related to immigration law including customs, employment, real estate, social security, compensation and benefits planning, and income tax and estate tax law.


Attorneys


Houman Afshar, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9853
Adena L. Altman, Associate
Associate
(212) 688-5151
Nathalie M. Armas, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9867
Jennifer M. Bennett, Associate
Associate
(212) 705-9878
Deborah B. Davy, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(415) 901-2270
Shai Dayan, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9875
Joseph Di Cesare, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9815
Irem Dogan, Associate
Associate
(212) 705-9874
David W. Johnson, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9828
Monica M. Kim, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(415) 901-2270
Filomena Lepore Taylor, Of Counsel
Of Counsel
(212) 705-9855
Inez M. Macedonio, Associate
Associate
(212) 906-3319
Amy McCoy, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9866
Judi A. McManigal, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(415) 901-2312
Survi Parvatiyar, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9831
Violeta Petrova, Associate
Associate
(212) 705-9812
Ellen L. Poreda, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9810
Roderick A. Potts, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9809
Aisling Ryan, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9825
Lauren B. Gibson, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(415) 901-2270
Minal A. Shah, Partner
Partner
(415) 901-2270
Zarina H. Syed, Associate
Associate
(212) 705-9845
Jaime Wang, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9804

Recent News Posts


Gibney Hosts Presentation on Trump Administration and U.S. Immigration

The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty  are hosting a discussion on employment-based visa options, the Trump Administration’s latest immigration proposals and its impact on U.S. immigration. Topics will include: Common employment-based visa options and practical consideration Alternatives to the H-1B Visa Trump Administration regulations, rule-making and legislation Impact on recruiting foreign
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USCIS to Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents Starting May 1

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will redesign the Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) starting May 1, 2017. New cards will have enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features. The updates are part of an ongoing effort between USCIS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
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Immigration Alert: Trump Issues Executive Order: “Buy American, Hire American”

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order  mandating a comprehensive review of the H-1B visa program used by companies to employ highly-skilled foreign workers. The Executive Order instructs the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security to propose new rules and guidance to “protect
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Immigration Alert: FY2018 H-1B Cap Random Selection Process Complete

On April 17, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it completed the computer-generated random lottery selection process for cap-subject H-1B petitions filed for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018). The H-1B Cap Lottery Process USCIS received 199,000 new H-1B petitions for FY2018, exceeding the 65,000 visas
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Immigration Alert: FY2018 H-1B Cap Reached

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has reached the cap for new H-1B petitions filed for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. The U.S. advanced-degree exemption to the statutory cap has also been met. Lottery Selection Because USCIS has received more H-1B visa petitions than are available under the FY2018 quota, any
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