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
Nathalie M. Armas, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9867
Jennifer M. Bennett, Associate
Associate
(212) 705-9878
Deanna S. Chea, Associate
Associate
(212) 688-5151
Jennifer W. Davis, Associate
Associate
(212) 705-9868
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, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9874
Lauren B. Gibson, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(415) 901-2270
David W. Johnson, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9828
Monica M. Kim, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(415) 901-2270
Ruby Li, Associate
Associate
(212) 688-5151
Tao Li, Associate
Associate
(212) 688-5151
Inez M. Macedonio, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(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
Nicolo Rivolta, Associate
Associate
(415) 901-2270
Aisling Ryan, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9825
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


Immigration Alert: USCIS Provides Updated Guidance for STEM OPT

On August 17, 2018, USCIS updated its website to clarify obligations and reporting responsibilities for employees and employers participating in the F-1 STEM OPT program, including obligations related to training at third-party sites, staffing and temporary agencies. Significantly, USCIS clarified that training may take place at third party sites, if certain conditions are met and
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Immigration Alert: New Policy Imposes Stiff Penalties for F, J and M Nonimmigrants Who Fail to Maintain Status

Effective August 9, 2018, nonimmigrants in F, J and M status who fail to maintain status will begin to accrue unlawful presence, irrespective of whether there has been an official or formal finding by the Department of Homeland Security on the matter. This is a significant departure from past practice, and one that eliminates a
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Immigration Alert: Supreme Court Upholds President’s Travel Ban

On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court upheld the Trump Administration’s ban restricting nonimmigrant and immigrant entry for certain foreign nationals who are citizens or nationals of seven countries: Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, Iran and Somalia. The decision lifts the temporary injunctions issued by the lower courts, and remands the cases for hearing
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Zarina Syed to Speak on H-1B Specialty Workers Visa at AILA Annual Conference

Immigration Attorney Zarina Syed will speak at the 2018 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law “Building Bridges and Standing for Justice” in San Francisco from June 13 – 16. Her presentation is titled “Intro to H-1B Specialty Workers.” The panel will provide a basic overview of the complexities of the H-1B visa category and how
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Immigration Alert: FY2019 H-1B Cap Random Selection Process Complete

On May 15, 2018, 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) 2019 (October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019). The H-1B Cap Lottery Process USCIS received 190,098 new H-1B petitions for FY2019, exceeding the 65,000 visas
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