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, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9845

Recent News Posts


Immigration Alert: USCIS Proposes to Modify FY2020 H-1B Cap Process

On December 3, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed rule to modify the H-1B cap-subject petition filing process for the upcoming FY2020 H-1B cap. The proposed regulation would create a registration requirement for cap-subject H-1B petitions and would also provide that the “regular” cap lottery be run before the advanced degree
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Gibney Hosts Navigating Global Mobility For Your Organization

Gibney is partnering with BritishAmerican Business (BAB) to host the program “Navigating Global Mobility For Your Organization” on November 15. This program will feature a workshop-style, practical session on global mobility and recruitment, addressing the ongoing shifts in the translation of U.S. immigration regulations and policies by the current administration. Participants can: Understand how companies
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Immigration Alert: Plan Ahead for Holiday Travel

As the holiday season approaches, international travelers should expect airports, Consulates and U.S. Ports of Entry to be exceptionally busy due to the large number of travelers and visa applicants, and enhanced security measures and vetting procedures. We encourage corporate human resource personnel, business travelers, and foreign national employees to take proactive steps and plan
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FY2020 Diversity Visa Lottery Open Until November 6, 2018

What is the Diversity Visa Lottery? The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program provides up to 50,000 immigrant visas (green cards) for issuance in Fiscal Year 2020 to persons from countries with low immigration rates to the United States. Foreign nationals are selected for eligibility to apply for U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status under this program
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Immigration Alert: NAFTA Immigration Provisions Retained in Renegotiated Trade Agreement

The United States, Mexico and Canada reached an agreement on September 30, 2018 as part the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The new agreement – the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – retains key immigration benefits of NAFTA, including provisions allowing for the temporary entry without quotas of Business Visitors, Traders and
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