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
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
Lauren B. Gibson, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(415) 901-2270
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
Ruby Li, Associate
Associate
(212) 688-5151
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
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 Resumes Premium Processing for FY 2018 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it resumed Premium Processing for pending H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. Processing for Non-Cap Subject H-1B Petitions Premium Processing was previously suspended for all H-1B petitions starting April 3, 2017, and subsequently reinstated for H-1B petitions filed on behalf
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Trump Administration to Rescind DACA Protections

The Trump Administration announced that it intends to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as “DACA.” The program, established by Executive Order in 2012, affects approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and were granted protection from deportability and issued valid work authorization. In today’s announcement, the
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Immigration Alert: Enhanced Immigration Vetting Being Implemented

In April 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Buy American, Hire American,” which instructed the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Labor, and Department of Homeland Security to propose new rules, guidance, and reforms to ensure stricter enforcement of all current laws, “protect the interests of U.S. workers,” and prevent
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Immigration Alert: US Embassy in Russia to Suspend Nonimmigrant Visas Starting August 23

The Department of State (DOS) announced that as a result of the Russian government’s personnel cap imposed on the U.S. Mission, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended beginning August 23, 2017. Nonimmigrant visas (NIV) include temporary business visitors and common temporary work visas. What Employers Can Expect Visa operations will resume on
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Immigration Alert: Trump Administration Endorses RAISE Act Immigration Reform Bill

On August 2, 2017, President Trump announced his support of the proposed American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act. Proposed changes under the immigration reform bill include: Establish a skills-based immigration system. If approved by Congress, the plan would institute a merit-based system to determine who is admitted to the U.S. and granted legal
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